Overview

The primary source of income for seniors (65 years of age or older) is provided by the Government of Canada through the Guaranteed Income Supplement and Old Age Security. To supplement these programs the Government of Alberta provides the following supports and services:

Alberta Seniors Benefit

  • Provides a monthly benefit to eligible seniors with low-income to assist with living expenses.

Supplementary Accommodation Benefit

  • Provides financial assistance to eligible seniors with low-income who reside in a designated supportive living or long-term care.

Special Needs Assistance for Seniors

  • Provides financial assistance to eligible seniors with low-income toward the cost of appliances,  specific health and personal supports.

Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors

  • Provides financial assistance to eligible seniors with low- to moderate- income for basic dental and optical services.

Health Coverage for Seniors

  • Provides coverage for medical needs, such as prescriptions drugs, diabetic supplies, ambulance services, home nursing care, chiropractic services and clinical psychological services.

Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program

  • Allows eligible senior homeowners to defer all or part of their annual residential property taxes through a low-interest home equity loan.

Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program

  • Helps eligible seniors finance home repairs, adaptations and renovations through a low-interest home equity loan.

For more information, see the individual program pages or the Seniors Financial Assistance information booklet.

Eligibility

You should get a Seniors Financial Assistance application package in the mail three months before your 65th birthday. If you did not get this package, call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992.

To be eligible you must:

  • be 65 years of age or older
  • have lived in Alberta for at least 3 months immediately before applying
  • be a Canadian citizen, or have been admitted into Canada for permanent residence

Use the Seniors Benefit Estimator to see if you are eligible for benefits.

If you and/or your spouse/partner have chosen to defer or delay receipt of Old Age Security, you are not eligible for the following Seniors Financial Assistance programs:

  • Alberta Seniors Benefit
  • Special Needs Assistance for Seniors
  • Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors Programs

How to apply

Complete the Seniors Financial Assistance application form to enroll in the Alberta Seniors Benefit, Special Needs Assistance for Seniors, Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors and Health Coverage for Seniors programs.

To avoid a delay in receiving benefits, you are encouraged to complete the application as soon as you receive it. You may apply up to one year prior to your 65th birthday.

You need only apply once.

Step 1: Read the information booklet

Seniors Financial Assistance Programs Information Booklet

Step 2: Complete the application package

Seniors Financial Assistance Application form (PDF, 354 KB)

Optional forms to help you complete your Seniors Financial Assistance Application:

Step 3: Return the application package

Completed applications may be faxed to 780-422-5954 or mailed to:

Alberta Seniors and Housing
Seniors Financial Assistance
P.O. Box 3100
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4W3

If you need help completing an application, visit an Alberta Supports Centre.

After you apply

Some programs are income-based, therefore you may not be eligible for all programs.

The normal processing time for a Seniors Financial Assistance application is 16 weeks from the date an application is received. Alberta Seniors and Housing staff will contact you if more information is required to complete the review of your file. You will receive a letter explaining your benefit eligibility once your application is reviewed.

Annual Review

You only need to complete the Seniors Financial Assistance application once.

Income thresholds are reviewed annually and adjusted to ensure there is no decrease in benefits due to changes in federal pension amounts.

On July 1 of each year the department will review your eligibility for benefits based on your previous year’s income tax return. If you are eligible for a benefit you will receive a letter in July.

For more information on how benefits are determined and to review income thresholds, see the individual program pages.

Update your information

Keeping your information up-to-date helps ensure that you receive your benefits.

Contact the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992 (780-644-9992 in Edmonton) if any of the following information changes:

  • name
  • marital status
  • mailing or residence address
  • banking information

You must also notify Alberta Seniors and Housing:

  • if you are going to be out of the province for more than one month
  • if you move out of Alberta
  • if you appoint a Trustee/Power of Attorney to act on your behalf
  • to report the death of a recipient

Please have your Personal Health Care card available when calling.

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