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

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.

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!


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

All eligible Albertans should register for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) coverage to receive insured hospital and physician services, and always carry your health card and photo ID.

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

Alberta Ministry of Community and Social Services (Alberta Supports & Alberta Works)

Support to income, employment, disabilities, community-based supports and services, family violence prevention, and family & community support services.  Please visit Alberta.ca for a complete list of contacts and resources, including application forms and office locations. 

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

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 Income 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
  • 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

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

Application for Guaranteed Income.pdf


Holy Family Parish - St. Vincent de Paul

Located in Medicine Hat, please call 403-527-6933

Assistance and programs.

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 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 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 Southern Alberta.

See website for more information.


Oneball Patient Assistance Fund Application Form.pdf

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 SNA program provides a lump-sum payment to eligible low-income seniors. This program provides assistance with some of the cost of appliances and some health and personal supports.


A senior’s or senior couple’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.


To be considered for SNA, you must:

1.  have previously submitted a Seniors Financial Assistance application
2.  be 65 years of age or older
3.  be an Alberta resident
4.  be a Canadian citizen or have been lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent residence
5. not have voluntarily deferred the receipt of Old Age Security.



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

SNA Application Form.pdf

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