Financial Resources

  
  

AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped)

​The Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program provides financial and health-related assistance to eligible adults with a disability. The disability must be permanent and substantially limit the person’s ability to earn a living. AISH clients may also be eligible to receive supplemental assistance (a child benefit and personal benefits) through the AISH program.

AISH Eligibility

Applying for AISH

Call 403-529-3550

 

Alberta Adult Health Benefit

​The Alberta Adult Health Benefit program supports Albertans with low income to ensure they have access to prescription drugs, dental services, optical services, emergency ambulance and diabetic supplies that are essential to health and well-being.

Help with this resource is also available through Alberta Supports 1-877-644-9992

Alberta Adult Health Benefit Application

Alberta Aids to Daily Living

​Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL) assists Albertans with a long-term disability, chronic illness or terminal illness, in maintaining independence in their community. AADL provides funding for basic medical equipment and supplies to meet clinically assessed needs*.

* Note: An assessment by a health care professional determines the equipment and supplies that an Albertan can receive through the AADL program.


AADL is a cost-share program. Albertans pay 25% of the benefit cost to a maximum of $500 per individual or family per year. Low-income Albertans and people receiving income assistance do not pay the cost-sharing portion.



Ph Toll free in Alberta 310-0000, then 780-427-0731 

Alberta Association of Optometrists

​For adult patients of the ages 19 - 64, Alberta Health covers medically necessary optometric services.

What is considered medically necessary?

  • Monitoring for diabetes issues, glaucoma and retinal disease

  • Pre and post-operative care for cataract patients

  • Eye infections or injuries

  • Foreign objects in the eye

  • Sudden appearance of floaters, spots, or flashes of light

  • Sudden changes in vision or acute pain in the eye

  • Other visual disturbances may be covered... ask your optometrist!


To find an optometrist, please visit the website above.

Alberta Blue Cross

​If you're self-employed, working without employer benefits or retiring early, you may be without supplementary health benefit coverage. Get the extra coverage you need through an affordable Alberta Blue Cross individual health plan.

 

Phone 403-529-5553

Fax 403-527-3798

Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan

The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) provides eligible Alberta residents with full coverage for medically necessary physician services, and some dental and oral surgical health services.

Your physician determines what insured services are considered medically necessary.

You must be registered with the AHCIP to receive insured hospital and physician services.

If you are not sure whether a medical service is covered, contact the AHCIP office by calling 310-0000 (in Alberta), then 780-427-1432 (open 8:15 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays). Please have your personal health number ready when you call.

Alberta Seniors Benefit Program

The Alberta Seniors Benefit (ASB) program provides a monthly income supplement to federal income sources including Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

Help with this resource is available through Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992

Seniors Financial Assistance Application Form

Alberta Supports & Alberta Works

Alberta Supports can help you access more than 30 programs and 120 community services for:

·         seniors

·         employment

·         homelessness

·         financial needs

·         children and youth

·         parents and families

·         people with disabilities

·         guardianship and trusteeship

·         abuse, bullying and family violence prevention


Alberta Supports can be contacted online, by phone, or by going to any Alberta Supports location:

Online application can be completed at https://myalbertasupports.humanservices.alberta.ca/CitizenPortal/application.do

Phone: 1-877-644-9992 toll-free Alberta-wide (hours of operation are 7:30 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday. Help is available in more than 100 languages)

Medicine Hat Alberta Job Corps: 403-529-3995 
Medicine Hat Alberta Works Centre: 403-529-3683

Brooks Alberta Works Centre: 403-362-1278 




Allowance for People Aged 60 to 64

​​The Allowance is a benefit available to low-income individuals aged 60 to 64 who are the spouse or common-law partner of a Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) recipient.

You qualify for the Allowance if you meet all of the following conditions:

-you are aged 60 to 64 (includes the month of your 65th birthday);
-your spouse or common-law partner receives an Old Age Security pension (OAS) and is eligible for the GIS;
-you are a Canadian citizen or a legal resident;
-you reside in Canada and have resided in Canada for at least 10 years since the age of 18; and
-you and your spouse or common-law partner’s annual combined income is less than the maximum allowable annual threshold.



You should apply for the Allowance 6 to 11 months before your 60th birthday. You must apply in writing for the Allowance. Complete and mail the Guaranteed Income Supplement or Statement of Income for the Allowance or Allowance for the Survivor application form (ISP-3025) for the payment year that applies to you along with the Application for the Allowance or Allowance for the Survivor form (ISP-3008). You will find these forms on the Old Age Security forms page.

Allowance Application

Guaranteed Income Supplement Application

Guaranteed Income Supplement Instructions

Allowance for the Survivor

​​The Allowance for the Survivor is a benefit available to people who have a low income, who are living in Canada, and whose spouse or common-law partner is deceased. 

Allowance Application

Guaranteed Income Supplement Application

Guaranteed Income Supplement Instructions

Cancer and Work

​The Cancer and Work website was designed to address the unique needs of cancer survivors with returning, remaining, changing work or looking for work after a diagnosis of cancer. The website provides newly created information, resources, and interactive tools for cancer survivors, healthcare providers, employers, and highlights helpful information from across the globe.

CPP Disability Benefits

​The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefit is a taxable monthly payment that is available to people who have contributed to the CPP and who are not able to work regularly at any job because of a disability.


Click here to access information and forms.

Call 1-800-277-9914 for more information.

Cypress View Foundation - Medicine Hat

​We are a non-profit organization, situated in Medicine Hat, Alberta, that exists primarily to provide supportive social housing for low to moderate-income seniors. Cypress View Foundation provides housing to persons who, because of financial, social or other circumstances, require assistance to obtain housing.


Call 403-527-8755 for more information or email  info@cypressview.org

 

Dental & Optical Assistance for Seniors

The Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors programs are based on income and provide low to moderate income seniors with financial assistance for basic dental and optical services that help maintain a reasonable level of health.


To be eligible you must be: 
  • 65 years of age or older and have an income level within the limits allowed by the program
  • Residing in Alberta at least three months immediately before applying
  • A Canadian citizen, or have been admitted into Canada for permanent residence (landed immigrant)

Seniors who have previously applied for the Alberta Seniors Benefit program, the Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors programs or have completed a Seniors Financial Assistance application are already enrolled.


Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992

SFA Application Form

Fair Entry Program - Medicine Hat

The Fair Entry program is designed to assist low income families/individuals to enjoy programs throughout the city through subsidized user fees. 

Eligible users will have access to the following:

-Recreation User Fee Assistance - 50% off up to $100 per year for City of Medicine Hat regular-priced recreation program and admissions at the Family Leisure Centre, Crestwood Recreation Centre and city-run outdoor pools. 

-Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre Galleries (Art, Museum, Archives) – 50% off maximum of $20 per year admission to the Galleries. 

-Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre Education Programs – 50% off percent off up to $100 per year for educational programs directly provided by staff. 

-Seniors Centre/Meals on Wheels – 50% off fees up to $100 per year for programs and/or services that are directly provided by staff (*note: a separate application is required to access the Meals on Wheels program).


For questions specific to the Fair Entry application or process, please call 403-502-8001. See link below for further information and application form.


Fair Entry Program Information and Application 2019

GST/HST Credit

​The GST/HST Credit program issues payments to Canadians with low and modest incomes to help offset all or part of the GST/HST they pay on the purchase of goods and services.

 

You no longer have to apply for the goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit. When you file your tax return, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will determine your eligibility and will advise those who are eligible to receive the credit.

Guaranteed Income Supplement

​The Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) provides a monthly non-taxable benefit to Old Age Security (OAS) recipients who have a low income and are living in Canada.

 

You qualify for the Guaranteed Income Supplement if you meet all of the following conditions:

  • you are receiving an Old Age Security pension
  • your annual income (or in the case of a couple, your combined income) is lower than the maximum annual income.

 

You must apply in writing for the GIS. Complete and mail the Application for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (ISP-3025) for the payment year that applies to you and include certified true copies of the required documentation

Click here to access Application Form and Instructions


Holy Family Parish - St. Vincent de Paul

Financial assistance and programs. Located in Medicine Hat. Please call 403-527-6933.

Old Age Security

The Old Age Security (OAS) program is the Government of Canada's largest pension program. It is funded out of the general tax revenues of the Government of Canada. This means that you do not pay into it directly.

The OAS pension is a monthly payment available to seniors aged 65 and older who meet the Canadian legal status and residence requirements. You may need to apply to receive it.

 

If you did not receive a letter from Service Canada informing you that you were selected for automatic enrollment, you must apply in writing for the Old Age Security pension. Complete and mail the Application for the Old Age Security Pension. 

Call 1-800-277-9914


Application for Old Age Security Pension

Oneball Patient Assistance Fund

Oneball Calgary offers financial assistance to testicular cancer patients by helping them pay for medications and other expenses.



The Oneball Patient Financial Assistance Fund offers up to $4,500 worth of financial assistance to patients per calendar year. Applicants can apply up to three times per year, with each application requesting a maximum of $1,500. Some examples of applicable expenses include:

-Transportation or parking related to an applicant's appointments or treatment at his applicable cancer
-Temporary accommodation during treatment
-Prescription medications related to cancer treatment that are not covered by insurance
-Childcare services during treatment
-Supportive care, including counseling services or cancer support courses for the applicant as well as his partner and children
-Rent or mortgage payments that are 30 days in arrears
-Grocery gift cards
-Sperm banking prior to treatment
-Documentation of additional expenses not listed above or in the full Oneball Patient -Assistance Fund Guideline can be submitted and will be considered.

While the funding can go to any applicant who has been diagnosed with testicular cancer, priority will be given to those actively undergoing treatment.

Currently, the Oneball Patient Assistance Program is only available in Alberta. Please continue to check back here for updates!

See website for more information.


Oneball Patient Assistance Fund Application Form.pdf

Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program

​The Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program allows eligible senior homeowners to voluntarily defer all or part of their residential property taxes, including the education tax portion. This is done through a low-interest home equity loan with the Government of Alberta.

Eligibility is not based on your income. To be eligible for this program, you must:

-be 65 years of age, or older (only one spouse/partner needs to be at least 65)

-be an Alberta resident, having lived in the province for at least 3 months

-own a residential property in Alberta and the home must be your primary residence (the place where you live most of the time)

-have a minimum of 25% equity in your home to allow the government to secure the loan and ensure repayment when the loan is due

 

Help with this resource is  available through Alberta Supports, call 1-877-644-9992

Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program Information Guide, Loan Application and Agreement

Special Needs Assistance for Seniors

Seniors with low-income can get financial assistance to help afford the cost of appliances and specific health and personal supports.


To be eligible for this program you must:

-be 65 years of age or older
-be an Alberta resident
-be a Canadian citizen or have been lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent residence
-meet financial eligibility criteria
-are eligible to apply for and have submitted a Seniors Financial Assistance application
-not have voluntarily deferred the receipt of Old Age Security.


Special Needs Assistance for Seniors Information Booklet

For more information, call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992

Veterans Affairs Canada

​Information and tools for health care service providers and medical professionals to help you support your clients covered for services by Veterans Affairs Canada.

Phone: 1-866-522-2122

WellSpring - Calgary

Wellspring offers programs and services that meet the emotional, social, practical and restorative needs of people living with cancer, their caregivers and their families. All Wellspring programs, services and resources are evidence based, offered free of charge and without referral. 

Wellspring offers a very wide range of online programs and telephone based support services available, financial support service called Money Matters, Peer Support telephone based support and transition coaching.