AISH Payment Dates and Benefit Application in 2022

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by Enoch Omololu


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The Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) is a financial and health benefit available to residents of Alberta who have a permanent medical disability that prevents them from working.

AISH benefit payments are paid out monthly and the amount varies depending on income, assets, and number of dependent children.

The AISH program has been around since 1979 and it was one of the very first financial assistance programs for the severely handicapped.

Other programs in Alberta for those with disabilities include Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL), Residential Access Modification Program (RAMP), and the Alberta Grant for Students with Disabilities.

Programs similar to AISH in other provinces include the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID).

Read on to learn about AISH payment dates in 2022, amounts, and how to apply.

AISH Payment Dates 2022

The payment dates for AISH were recently updated to the first of the month. For months where the first day falls on a weekend or holiday, the payment date is the last business day of the previous month.

The remaining AISH payment dates in 2022 are:

  • February 1, 2022
  • March 1, 2022
  • April 1, 2022
  • May 1, 2022
  • June 1, 2022
  • July 1, 2022
  • August 1, 2022
  • September 1, 2022
  • October 1, 2022
  • November 1, 2022
  • December 1, 2022

AISH payments are made via direct deposit to your bank account. To sign up for a direct deposit, you need to complete a Direct Deposit Registration Form and provide it to AISH along with a void cheque.

You can also receive payments via cheque.

What is AISH?

The AISH program provides a mix of health and financial benefits to Albertans who are unable to earn a living as a result of a debilitating or permanent medical condition.

The financial benefits include a:

  • Monthly living allowance
  • Child benefits

If you rent or own a house, you may qualify for a living allowance of $1,685 per month.

For those living in an approved nursing home or auxiliary hospital, a modified living allowance comprising of a personal allowance rate ($322) and accommodation rate (up to $2,074) is provided.

The monthly benefit for dependent children is $200 for the first child and $100 for each additional child.

A variety of health benefits are also available through AISH including:

  • Prescription drugs
  • Dental services
  • Optical services
  • Diabetic supplies
  • Ambulance services

Eligible individuals can access these benefits using their AISH Health Benefits Card.

Who Qualifies for AISH Benefits?

To qualify for AISH, a combination of factors are assessed and you must meet specific age, residency, financial and medical requirements.

Age: You must be at least 18 years of age and not be eligible for Old Age Security (OAS).

Residency: You must be a resident of Alberta and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. In addition, you cannot be incarcerated or live in a mental health facility.

Medical: You must have a severe handicap that significantly impacts your ability to work and earn an income. In general, you should have an impairment that:

  • Affects your mental and/or physical functioning
  • Limits your ability to earn a living
  • Will likely continue to permanently hamper your ability to earn a living

While receiving AISH benefits, you are expected to continue to look for work and utilize available rehabilitation, training, and medical treatment that can help you take on gainful employment.

Financial: Your income and that of your spouse or partner impact your eligibility for AISH. Income is treated as either exempt, partially exempt, or non-exempt for the purposes of determining your eligibility for AISH.

Exempt income includes income tax refunds, Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) payments, death benefits, cash gifts, and Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) payments.

Non-exempt income includes the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), employment insurance, pension annuities, spousal payments, and Workers’ Compensation Board benefits.

Partially-exempt income includes employment income, self-employment income, passive business income, retirement allowance, spousal income from the CPP, EI, OAS, Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), and more.

Your assets and investments are also considered. However, assets such as your primary residence and means of transportation (e.g. a car) are excluded.

To qualify for AISH, your non-exempt assets such as cash, TFSA, RRSP, and savings cannot exceed $100,000.

What Disabilities Qualify for AISH?

A medical report is part of the AISH application and is completed by a physician. Some of the medical conditions listed on the physicians’ guide are:

Neurological disorders: Multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, paraplegia, muscular dystrophy, brain injury, dementia, learning disabilities, quadriplegia, cerebrovascular disease, Parkinson’s, and other neurological disorders.

Multi-systemic disorders: Cancer, AIDS, connective tissue disorders (e.g. lupus), and other multi-systemic disorders.

Cardiovascular disorders: Including heart disease, heart attack, and pulmonary embolism.

Respiratory disorders: Including respiratory disease e.g. COPD, asthma, and sleep disorder.

Musculoskeletal disorders: Arthritis, amputation, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, low back pain syndrome, spinal stenosis, etc.

Gastrointestinal disorders: Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, liver diseases such as cirrhosis, and hepatitis.

Renal disorders: Kidney disease and chronic renal failure.

Endocrinology disorders: Cystic fibrosis, diabetes, obesity, and other endocrinology diseases

Sensory disorders: Blindness, visual impairment, deafness, hearing impairment, and other sensory disorders.

Mental health: Psychosis, depression, bipolar mania, anxiety, personality disorder, substance use disorder, PTSD, and other mental illnesses.

The list also includes various cognitive and developmental disorders.

Having one or more of these disabilities/disorders is not a guarantee that you are eligible for AISH. Your medical history, level of impairment, potential treatment options, and prognoses may impact your final assessment.

How To Apply for AISH

To apply for the AISH benefit, complete Part A of the AISH application form and have your physician complete the medical report in Part B.

Submit your completed application form and other documents to AISH by either mailing it to P O Box 17000 Station Main, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4B3, or by faxing it to 1-877-969-3006.

If your application is not approved, you can appeal it in writing within 30 days.

How Much AISH Will You Get?

The basic living allowance is $1,685.

If you are living in an approved hospital or nursing home, the accommodation rate is paid as per the Nursing Homes Operation Regulation, and you receive a personal monthly allowance of $322. The maximum accommodation room rate payable is $2,120 or $69.70 per day.

AISH recipients who have dependent children receive $200 monthly for the first child and $100 for each additional child.

You are encouraged to work and earn income while on AISH.

As a single individual, you can earn up to $1,072 in employment income per month with no impact on your AISH payments. Income between $1,072 and $2,009 is 50% exempt.

Income exceeding $2,009 per month is clawed back at a rate of 1:1 from your AISH payment.

For a family, up to $2,612 in employment income is exempt when determining your AISH eligibility. income between $2,612 and $3,349 is 50% exempt, and income exceeding $3,349 is subject to a 1:1 clawback of AISH benefits.

AISH recipients can also qualify for additional emergency and personal benefits. Click here for the updated list.

Will AISH Increase in 2022?

The provincial government backed away from cuts to the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) in 2021 and actually increased the budget slightly to $1.36 billion for 2021-22.

That said, there are no indications that the monthly AISH benefits will increase this year.

For the 2022-23 benefit payment period, it is projected that the budget for AISH will increase to approximately $1.43 billion.

The hope is that there will be an increase in AISH payments in 2022 and 2023 to align with increases in the inflation rate.

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Can you work while on AISH?

AISH recipients can work and earn employment income without losing AISH benefits. Employment income up to $1,072 is fully exempt for single individuals and up to $2,612 for a family unit.

What happens to AISH when I turn 65?

At age 65, AISH recipients automatically become enrolled for provincial seniors benefits when AISH ends. Recipients may qualify for OAS, GIS, and CPP benefits.

What is the maximum AISH payment?

The maximum living allowance for 2022 is $1,685 per month.

When will AISH increase?

The proposed annual cost of living indexation for AISH was put on hold by the United Conservative Government in 2019 as part of their pledge to eliminate the deficit. This pause will likely be in place until 2023.

Have a question about AISH benefits? Leave them in the comments.

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Enoch Omololu

Enoch Omololu is a personal finance expert and a veterinarian. He has a master’s degree in Finance and Investment Management from the University of Aberdeen Business School (Scotland) and has completed several courses and certificates in finance, including the Canadian Securities Course. He also has an MSc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Ibadan. Enoch has a passion for helping others win with their personal finances and has been writing about money matters for over a decade. His writing has been featured or quoted in The Globe and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press, Wealthsimple, Financial Post, Toronto Star, Credit Canada, MSN Money, National Post, CIBC, and many other personal finance publications.

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14 thoughts on “AISH Payment Dates and Benefit Application in 2022”

  1. Why was AISH dates changed and why weren’t the recipients told about the changes at least 3 months beforehand. Especially when the recipients have payments arranged for certain days that were just before the end of the month. I’m totally grateful for the benefits but why weren’t we notified I’d all I’m saying.

  2. Why aren’t AISH recipients getting their January’s checque before Christmas??

  3. The Province of Alberta has no business drawing a budget off the backs of challenged Albertans.The NDP government said that they could afford indexing to cost of living.I want the UCP government out of Alberta.The MLAs are making a lot of money.

  4. It’s now February 27th and a Saturday, meaning that I should have my AISH deposited into my account by now. In the past a Monday Direct Deposit has ALWAYS ALWAYS landed in my account two days early or Saturday mornings. What really gets me is that the Cheque Info line hasn’t been updated and is supposed to have been updated last Wednesday. It’s so stressfull as I could literally lose out on a half months rental rebate that I only receive if I pay my rent on the 1st for all 12 months of the year. Just another reason why it was criminal to change our payday to the 1st of the month. If things go wrong on the AISH or Gov. end the poor gets late charges. I voted NDP because they do what works in other countries. We wouldn’t have a $15 minimum wage right now if it wasn’t for the NDP and it worked here just like it does everywhere else. You give money to the poor and they spend it in the community.

  5. It costs too much to live. I can’t afford to live. The UCP should try living off of $1,685 for every single month. Inflation goes up and Aish doesn’t? I can’t afford to eat let alone eat healthy. I eat sandwiches for dinner. Sometimes I may have a TV dinner which is cheap when on sale. Or sometimes a bag of chips from Dollarama for lunch. And breakfast, well let’s forget about breakfast. Most days I go without breakfast because I can’t afford to buy breakfast food too.

  6. Will aish recipients recieve a rebate in 2021

  7. AISH likes to keep you below the poverty line so you are desperate. Some can’t work at all like myself, so my rent is barely covered and my food allowance then turns to 100 a month. How one lives, they say get a job, I have 7 of the qualifying illnesses and an aish worker who doesn’t help and isn’t kind, but they refuse to take complaints on her because her friend is the supervisor. I’ve been told to find a shelter to live in and then reminded my income would then change and the housing part removed but you need a home to receive aish…. it’s a messed up sneaky system that is the first to get money taken away if the government “needs” it for something else. It’s so stressful and doesn’t help alleviate any PTSD symptoms just makes you worse but as they like to point out not their problem.

    • I too am getting fed up with the lack of empathy, sympathy, and compassion these people should have. Especially when these are social workers, I had to change my worker once because this one was so Nasty I wasn’t getting anywhere with her. Request a change in your worker and explain the working relationship just doesn’t work for you both as there are apparent obvious issues, this worker has the audacity to think she/he is untouchable because of who they’re friends with is going. To get a rude awakening one day. Complain and have others do so too, Friends, family, etc. And record your convos if you have to.

  8. 1687

    Rent – 600+ if living with someone it’s considered common law
    Food- expected to eat at the food bank (most of is about to expire) and others wouldn’t eat any of it)
    Milk $8 (living in rural area)
    **rural according to the canadain government but not according to aish)
    Meds- try getting the ones your doctor prescribed covered (pay outta pocket)
    Hair-cut it myself about to shave it
    clothes,toothbrush,cleaning supplies,Razors, sanitizer,soap — check your local grocery prices ***
    Car ? Haha good luck if you have less than 2000 a month income getting a loan

    Expected to jump up,in,thru all hoops and dot the i’s, cross the t’s most of which don’t make sense.

    Live a healthy lifestyle and be postive with were your at
    Pandemic isn’t enough, Isolated, landlords keep damage deposits , denied rentals, or support to move

    Loss job, rely on family and friends assuming you have them)
    Living alone,
    And resilient and ultimately will survive the system

    Did I mention the bank also taking random payments and changing things up hoping people don’t notice as well an income must be accounted even gifts and lucky pennies.

    Go work while going to appointments, 2 year limitation to counteract with insurance companies, jump though the wait lists and hoops. While suffocating in fecal matter from how the enlightened government officials are hiding mass coverups of racial manslaughter, inhumane drug trails, just rats or sheep in a lab for those with the knowledge of the power to manipulate and drain.

    Unlock the potential unlock the chains free yourselves from them
    The power has gone to their egos since it’s like the game of telephone lost key messages along the way.

  9. Are we getting our benefits for December 2021 before Christmas

  10. How? HOW are we supposed to live on this? Pay rent, bills, gas and now with inflation forget about food! Travel back and forth to Drs and specialists when you are sick with cancer and Ms? Good luck. When is this sick government going to grow a brain and HELP those who actually really need it???? I’m voting NDP! God help us if upc gets back in. Kenny needs to GO!

  11. Not this year according to their chart. I believe last month we did.

  12. Last year we did I meant

  13. After winning an appeal,how far for retro payments do they go?

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