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

AISH Application Form

Consent to Communication Form

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. Knowing your health and your family’s health is cared for will bring peace of mind.

 

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.

Albertans pay 25% of the benefit cost to a maximum of $500 per individual or family per year. Low-income Albertans and those receiving income assistance are exempt from paying 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!

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

​In accordance with the Canada Health Act, Alberta's publicly administered and funded health care system guarantees that eligible residents of Alberta receive universal access to medically necessary hospital and health care services.

Ph 310-0000, then dial 780-427-1432 (For Practitioners only 780-415-2288)

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

Information on social based programs and services offered by the government of Alberta.

Click. Call. Come In.

Phone:  1-877-644-9992

Main Floor Provincial Building
Room 5
Medicine Hat, AB

Allowance for people aged 60 to 64

​​The Allowance is a benefit available to the spouses or common-law partners of Guaranteed Income Supplement recipients.

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 Guaranteed Income Supplement (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;
•your annual income (or in a case of a couple, your combined income) is less than the maximum annual income.

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

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 Incme Supplement

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.

Cypress View Foundation - Medicine Hat

​The Cypress View Foundation is a non-profit organization, situated in Medicine Hat, Alberta, that exists primarily to provide supportive social housing for low to moderate-income seniors.

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. You must have resided in Alberta at least three months immediately before applying. You must also be a Canadian citizen, or have been admitted into Canada for permanent residence (landed immigrant).

 

If you have already applied for the Alberta Seniors Benefit(ASB) program, you are automatically enrolled for dental and optical coverage and do not need to re-apply.

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

 

SFA - Application Form 2015

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 2014 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 a legal resident of Canada
•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 Guaranteed Income Supplement or Statement of Income for the Allowance or Allowance for the Survivor application form (ISP-3025E) for the payment year that applies to you.

sc-isp-3025(2016-03-21)e.pdf


Medicine Hat Community Kitchens

​Learn how to stretch your food budget and prepare delicious and healthy meals. Meet new people in this welcoming environment.

 

Sign up for a regular Community Kitchen or take in a specialty kitchen for BIRS, Bridges Families, Pregnancy & Family Support Clients, Newcomers, Medicine Hat Collage Residence, Francophone, Family and Teen Kitchens.

 

Some costs apply. See attachment for dates, times, locations and registration information.  

Old Age Security

​The Old Age Security program is the Government of Canada's largest pension program. It is funded out of the general revenues of the Government of Canada, which means that you do not pay into it directly.

 

The Old Age Security (OAS) pension is a monthly payment available to most Canadians 65 years of age who meet the Canadian legal status and residence requirements. You must 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

Call 1-800-277-9914

 

Application for the Old Age Security

Oneball Patient Assistance Fund

One of Canada's newest cancer-focused organizations and we're here to give testicular cancer a punch square in the groin! While we take a light and positive attitude when talking about the disease, we take it extremely seriously.

The Oneball Patient Financial Assistance Fund offers up to $4,500 worth of financial assistance to patients per calendar year. Applicants can apply 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

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 Southern Alberta.

Click here of more information and application forms

http://www.oneball.ca/financial-assistance/

Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program

​The Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program (SPTDP) allows eligible senior homeowners to defer all or part of their property taxes through a low-interest home equity loan with the Alberta government.

 

To qualify for the Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program, you must:

■Be 65 years or older
■Be an Alberta resident
■Own a residential property in Alberta
■Have a minimum of 25% equity in your home

 

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

Application Form

Special Needs Assistance for Seniors

​The Special Needs Assistance (SNA) for Seniors program provides a lump-sum payment to eligible low-income seniors. This program provides assistance with some of the cost of appliances, minor home repairs and some health and personal supports.

A senior’s total annual income, residence and marital status, and the items requested are used to determine the amount funded. The maximum assistance available is $5,000 in a benefit year.

A senior’s total annual income, residence and marital status, and the expense requested are used to determine the amount funded. The maximum assistance available is $5,000 in a benefit year.

 

To be considered for the Special Needs Assistance for Seniors program, you must:

1.Have applied to the Alberta Seniors Benefit program, or submit a Seniors Financial Assistance application.
2.Be 65.
3.Be an Alberta resident.
4.Be a Canadian citizen or have been lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent residence.
5.May not have voluntarily deffered the receipt of Old Age Security.


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

SNA Application Form

 

Veterans Affairs Canada

Phone: 1-866-522-2122

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