Overview

Every month 4,000 Albertans turn 65. Alberta’s seniors population will grow to more than one million by 2035.

Government is focused on providing essential supports and services for Alberta’s seniors. Budget 2020: A plan for jobs and the economy reflects these priorities.

We continue to provide stable funding for 2 loan programs to help seniors continue to live in their chosen communities:

And, we are focusing the Alberta Seniors Benefit and the Special Needs Assistance program on seniors most in need and for essential health supports.

Alberta Seniors Benefit

The Alberta Seniors Benefit is a monthly income supplement available to Alberta seniors. The benefit supplements Government of Canada programs for seniors with low income. Currently 167,000 Alberta seniors receive the benefit.

Proposed changes in July 2021 are for future seniors to ensure those most in need continue to receive the financial support they need. These changes will not affect current recipients of the Alberta Seniors Benefit and those with the lowest income will continue to receive the current maximum benefit.

How this may affect you

Current recipients

There will be no change if you are currently receiving benefits through the program.

New recipients

Effective July 1, 2021, the benefit calculation will be adjusted for new applicants. Seniors with the lowest income will continue to be eligible for the current maximum benefit. Those with more income will receive a benefit amount more in line with other provinces.

Next steps

Government will contact seniors currently enrolled in the program to ensure they are aware their benefits will not change.

Special Needs Assistance for Seniors

The Special Needs Assistance for Seniors program provides financial assistance to help seniors with low income afford the cost of health and personal supports and some appliances.

The number of seniors is growing in our province. We need to ensure the Special Needs Assistance for Seniors program can meet increasing demands.

How this may affect you

Budget 2020 reduces Special Needs Assistance for Seniors by $8.2 million in 2020-21.

Coverage is maintained for essential health items, while funding for other items will be reduced or eliminated.

Change details

Coverage is maintained for essential health items such as:

  • diabetic supplies
  • CPAP machines
  • bed bug treatment
  • medical trips
  • other

Contact

To connect with the Alberta Supports Contact Centre:

Hours: 7:30 am to 8:00 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-644-9992 (in Edmonton)
Toll free: 1-877-644-9992