The Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program provides financial support to eligible individuals who are living with significant and enduring disabilities.
Read on to learn about SAID benefits, how to apply, rates and SAID payment dates in 2021.
SAID Payment Dates 2021
SAID payment dates vary depending on how your account is set up.
If you have opted for cheque payments, it is mailed out a few days before those with direct deposit setup receive their benefit.
In some cases, payment dates may be customized to meet your needs.
The payment dates for SAID in 2021 are:
|Benefit Month||Cheque is Mailed||Direct Deposit Payment|
|January||December 23||December 30|
|February||January 25||January 28|
|March||February 22||February 25|
|April||March 25||March 30|
|May||April 26||April 29|
|June||May 25||May 28|
|July||June 24||June 29|
|August||July 23||July 29|
|September||August 25||August 30|
|October||September 24||September 29|
|November||October 25||October 28|
|December||November 25||November 29|
SAID Program Benefits
The Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) program provides income to individuals with significant disabilities so they can pay for basic needs and other costs.
The program is made up of three main components, including:
Living Income: This covers basic needs such as food, shelter, and transportation.
Disability Income: Pays for costs related to a disability.
Exceptional Need Income: Helps to cover bills like those for service animal grooming costs, special food items, and home care.
SAID beneficiaries may also qualify for:
- Supplementary Health Benefits: Covers medical supplies and appliances, drugs, dental care, optical, podiatry, medical transportation, and hearing services.
- Northern Living Supplement.
- Personal Living Benefit
- Household Disability Support Benefit
SAID Eligibility Requirements
To qualify for SAID payments, you must meet specific age, residency, financial, and health/disability criteria.
Age and Residency: You must reside in Saskatchewan and be 18 years of age or older.
Financial: Your Financial Status is considered when you apply for SAID, and you must show that you lack the financial resources to take care of yourself.
The threshold for money in the bank or in cash is $1,500 for the applicant and a second adult (per person) in the family, plus $500 for each additional family member.
Income sources and assets that are exempt or partially exempt when assessing your SAID application include:
- Income tax refund
- Canada Child Benefit
- Disability Housing Supplement payments
- Inheritances up to $100,000
- GST Credit
- Gifts up to $200 per year
Disability: Your disability must be ‘significant and enduring’. This means they are permanent and you require support from a person, service animal, assistive device, modified environment, or accommodation.
A medical professional is required to complete a medical form on your behalf as part of the SAID application process.
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SAID Benefit Program Rates
The living income benefit varies depending on your family size and location.
Modified living benefits are:
Fixed benefit rates for utility when you do not opt to receive actual utility costs are:
Depending on the size of a family, the laundry allowance ranges from $10 to $25.
If eligible, you can also receive:
- Disability Income Benefit: $70/month
- Northern Living Supplement: $50 per member of a family unit
- Exceptional Needs Activity Benefit: $25/month
- Household Disability Support Benefit: $25/month
While on SAID, you can earn income through employment up to a certain amount before SAID payments are clawed back.
The annual exemption is:
- Single person: $6,000
- Couple: $7,200
- Family: $8,500
You can track your annual earned income exemption using the SAID exemption tracking sheet.
While waiting for your SAID application and Disability Impact Assessment to be completed, you may be able to access temporary SAID benefits.
How To Apply For SAID
You can apply for SAID by calling 1-888-567-7243 or by visiting your local Social Services Offices. If you have a hearing impairment, call 1-866-995-0099 (TTY).
After completing your application, you will be scheduled for a Disability Impact Assessment which involves an interview with an assessor.
If your SAID application is denied, you can submit an appeal.
Other Saskatchewan Income Assistance Programs
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for other income assistance programs:
- Saskatchewan Assistance Program (SAP)
- Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS) benefit
- Transitional Employment Allowance (TEA)
- Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement (SRHS)
- Saskatchewan Employment Supplement (SES)
- Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
- Personal Care Home Benefit (PCHB)
- Provincial Training Allowance (PTA)
SIS, SAP and TEA benefits are paid on the same schedule as SAID.
Saskatchewan Employment Supplement and Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement are paid on:
- January 29, 2021
- February 26, 2021
- March 31, 2021
- April 30, 2021
- May 31, 2021
- June 30, 2021
- July 30, 2021
- August 31, 2021
- September 30, 2021
- October 29, 2021
- November 30, 2021
- December 31, 2021
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