News: Helping the economic recovery reach all Albertans (Nov. 8, 2018)
Examples of benefit rate increases
|Previous Maximum Rate||New Maximum Rate on Jan. 1, 2019|
|Alberta Seniors Benefit||
$280 per month (single senior)
$420 per month (senior couple)
$285.92 per month (single senior)
$428.83 per month (senior couple)
|Special Needs Assistance for Seniors||Example: Bed - $500||$511|
|Monthly Disposable Income Amount for Residents of Long-term Care and Designated Supportive Living||$315 per month||$322 per month|
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:
- Provides a monthly benefit to eligible seniors with low-income to assist with living expenses.
- Provides financial assistance to eligible seniors with low-income who reside in a designated supportive living or long-term care.
- Provides financial assistance to eligible seniors with low-income toward the cost of appliances, specific health and personal supports.
- Provides financial assistance to eligible seniors with low- to moderate- income for basic dental and optical services.
- Provides coverage for medical needs, such as prescriptions drugs, diabetic supplies, ambulance services, home nursing care, chiropractic services and clinical psychological services.
- Allows eligible senior homeowners to defer all or part of their annual residential property taxes through a low-interest home equity loan.
- 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.
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
Step 2: Complete the application package
Complete the Seniors Financial Assistance application:
- Seniors Financial Assistance application form (PDF, 354 KB)
Optional income forms are available to help you complete your application:
- Income estimate form (PDF, 120 KB) – complete this form if you are applying to the program for the first time, or have previously applied but have never received benefits. For more information, see How Your Benefit is Determined – First Time Exception section above).
- Income information form (PDF, 175 KB) – complete this form if you have not filed your income tax return for the previous calendar year.
Optional forms are available to help you complete your application:
- Direct deposit request (PDF, 94 KB)
- Undertaking to Administer Benefits and Certificate of Incapability (PDF, 125 KB)
- Authorization of Representative (PDF, 200 KB)
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.
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.
- marital status
- mailing or residence address
- banking information
- direct deposit form (PDF, 98 KB)
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.