Do you have a permanent medical condition that prevents you from earning a living in Alberta?
You need to start preparing and anticipating the AISH payment dates 2021.
The Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) has been helping Albertans with permanent medical disabilities since 1979.
However, not every Alberta that has a permanent medical disability qualifies for the AISH payment.
Moreover, AISH payment varies from one person to another based on the individual situation.
So how do you qualify for the AISH payment? How much AISH payment will you get? What are the AISH payment dates for 2021?
Continue reading to find answers to these questions and more.
What is AISH?
This is an abbreviation for the Assured Income for Severely Handicapped. AISH is a financial and health assistance program of Alberta province.
Like the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), AISH provides benefits to those who can’t earn a living due to permanent medical disability.
Thus, qualified individuals are entitled to a living allowance and a child benefit on each AISH payment date.
This is to cover living expenses and the cost of raising dependent children in Alberta.
Additionally, eligible individuals are entitled to health and personal benefits on the AISH payment dates to cover health and specific needs.
Who is Eligible for AISH Payment?
As I mentioned previously, not every person with a permanent medical condition in Alberta is eligible for AISH payment.
There are three criteria that determine a person’s eligibility for AISH. These are:
1. Age and Residency Criteria
This requires you to be not less than 18 years and disqualify for an Old Age Security pension.
Also, you must be residing in Alberta either as a citizen or a permanent citizen.
Finally, you are not expected to be in a correctional or mental health setting.
2. Medical Criteria
This requires you to have a permanent medical condition that is your main hindrance to earning a living in Alberta.
However, if your permanent medical condition is not the major hindrance to earning a living, you are not eligible under these criteria.
3. Financial Criteria
These criteria examine your income and assets and those of your spouse/partner.
However, there are two conditions under these criteria that you and your spouse or partner must meet. These are:
- Apply for every other benefit you may be entitled to.
- Your income or assets must not exceed the AISH limit.
Let’s now look at the income and assets criteria of AISH:
This has to do with all income reported on you and your spouse/partner’s income tax form.
Also, your income is assessed based on whether you are single or married or have dependent children.
However, there are income exemptions that don’t impact your living allowance. These include your:
- Income tax refund
- Cash gifts
- Registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) payments
- Registered disability savings plan (RDSP)
On the other hand, there are non-exempt and partial exemptions counted against your monthly AISH living allowance. These include your:
- Employment income (such as salaries)
- Pension income
- Self-employment income (such as business income)
- Passive business income
However, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) deductions are first applied before the above exemptions.
This refers to you and your spouse/partner’s cash, property, investment, or other assets.
Assets such as vehicle, clothing, home, trust, registered disability savings plans (RDSPs) or reasonable household items are exempted from your monthly AISH allowance.
However, some assets are non-exempt, which are counted against your monthly AISH allowance.
But the combined value of the non-exempt assets can’t exceed $100,000.
Examples of non-exempt assets include:
- Cash inheritances
- Tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs)
- And registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) and
- Recreational property or home
- Chequing or savings account
- Recreational vehicles
However, if you earn money that is not considered income by AISH, you must invest it in an exempt asset within 365 days; else it will be regarded as a non-exempt asset. This includes:
- A gift.
- An inheritance.
- Insurance fund for expenses on properties that are already exempted.
- Return from selling a vehicle that is already exempted.
How Much AISH Will You Get?
As I mentioned previously, AISH consists of financial and health benefits to eligible individuals.
So how much you will get on the AISH payment dates depends on your marital status, number of children, and eligibility on AISH financial and health benefits.
Here we look at the four categories of benefits that determine how much you will get on the AISH payment dates:
1. Living allowance
AISH living allowance consists of standard and modified living allowance.
The standard living allowance is paid monthly to the homeless, homeowners, renters, and those living with friends/family or private group homes.
However, how much standard living allowance you get depends on you and your spouse or partner’s income.
On the other hand, a modified living allowance is paid monthly to individuals living in an accredited nursing home, designated supportive living facility (DSL) or auxiliary hospital.
Like the standard living allowance, how much modified living allowance you get depends on you and your spouse or partner’s income.
2. Child Benefit
If you have children, you may be eligible for an additional AISH monthly payment for each dependent child.
Like the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), the AISH child benefit aims to offset the cost of raising children in Alberta.
Accordingly, you may get $200.00 monthly on every dependent child and up to $100.00 monthly on every additional dependent child.
3. Health Benefits
You and your spouse or partner may also be entitled to several health benefits such as:
- This has to do with drug coverage on applicable medications.
- You may also benefit from nutritional products and over-the-counter items
- Additionally, you can request any items you need from your doctor or pharmacist.
This coverage consists of basic dental coverage such as:
- cleaning teeth
- removing teeth etc.
With this coverage, you can contact an ophthalmologist, optician or your eye doctor for back optical service such as:
- Examination of your one eye every two years.
- A single eyeglass every year for dependent children and every two years for adults.
This coverage consists of the cost of diabetic supplies such as:
- infusion sets
- glucose calibration solution
- insulin cartridges/reservoirs
- test strips
- insulin syringes
- lancing devices
- insulin pen needles
This covers the cost of ambulance movement to the nearest emergency room.
Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL)
With this benefit, your costs for AADL-approved items are covered.
4. Personal Benefits
This benefit covers the cost of your certain needs that exceeds your monthly living allowance on the AISH payment dates.
Also, you may receive this benefit for your dependent children.
However, you must meet the following requirements to qualify for the AISH personal benefits:
- Have non-exempt assets below $5,000 in value or be in difficult financial condition.
- Meet the requirements of every personal benefit
- Express the need for the benefit
- Be ineligible for other programs.
Types of Personal Benefits
Here are the three types of personal benefits you may receive under the AISH payment.
(a) Health-Related Personal Benefits
This is coverage for health-related supports like:
- hearing aid batteries
- medical alert service
- continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device and supplies
- arch supports/foot orthotics
- massage therapy
- equipment maintenance for wheelchairs and scooters
- special diets
- oxygen supplies
- splints and braces
- nebulizer and supplies
- service animal supports
- seasonal affective disorder (SAD) light
- specialized clothing adapted for a disability
- transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) machine and supplies
Furthermore, you may also get support for medical equipment and medical supplies that are not covered on the Aids to Daily Living program.
(b) Personal Benefits for Children
This is coverage for the cost of raising and educating your children in Alberta.
(c) Other Personal Benefits
Finally, you may receive other personal benefits for meeting the following costs:
- An emergency that exceeds your capacity and endangers you and your dependents
- Funeral expenses
- Leaving an abusive home
- Home maintenance in a remote community
- Employment and training costs
- Setting a new home
- Court attendance, training and health-related trips
AISH Alberta Payment Dates
With few exceptions, AISH Alberta payment dates are scheduled on the first of each month.
However, if the first day of a month occurs on a weekend or holiday, the payment date is reversed to the last working day of the preceding month.
Additionally, the AISH payments are made through direct bank deposits.
But if you can’t open a bank account, you should discuss an alternative with your AISH worker.
Subsequently, we shall discuss the AISH payment dates for 2021.
AISH Payment Dates 2021
If you met the AISH qualifications and applied successfully, you’re ready to anticipate the AISH payment dates.
Here are the AISH payment dates for 2021:
|Benefit Month||Payment Dates|
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As you can see, most of the AISH payment dates for 2021 fall on the first day of the month, with few exceptions.
The exceptions are dates that didn’t fall on business days; hence they were reversed to the last business day of the previous months.
However, if you didn’t receive your payments on these dates, you should not hesitate to contact your AISH worker or the AISH office nearest to you.
AISH Alberta Application Process
The AISH Alberta application process involves two parts: part A and part B.
Part A is to be completed by you, while part B is to be completed by your medical doctor.
You have three options of submitting the AISH Alberta Application after filing. That’s through:
- Online submission
- AISH office or Alberta Supports Centre
- Mail: PO Box 17000 Station Main, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4B3
- Fax: 1-877-969-3006 (toll free) or 587-469-3006 (Edmonton area)
But whether or not your application is approved, you will be contacted after that.
However, you can appeal within 30 days if your application is not approved.
Final Thoughts on the AISH Payment Dates 2021
The AISH’s financial and health benefits are ideal for individuals looking for support due to their permanent medical conditions.
Also, even if you’re working, so far your income doesn’t exceed the AISH limit, you can apply for this program.
Whether small or big, the AISH benefits can add up to changing your financial situation in the long run.
However, if you experience any changes before or after the AISH payment dates, don’t hesitate to contact the AISH worker assigned to you or visit the AISH office nearest to you.
Furthermore, don’t hesitate to apply for other benefits you may be eligible for, such as Canada Pro or Alberta Child and Family Benefit (ACFB).
The more you receive these benefits, the more funds you will accumulate and improve your situation.
Finally, ensure you make use of the benefits judiciously in order to achieve long-term financial security.
FAQs on AISH Alberta Application and Payment Dates 2021
Will AISH Payment Increase in 2021?
There’s no official statement by the provincial government of Alberta about the AISH payment increase in 2021. The attempt to increase the payment was suspended in 2020.
When Will AISH Increase?
Unfortunately, there is no official statement on when the AISH payment will increase.
The last AISH increase was in 2012, when the maximum allowance was increased from $1,588 to $1,685.
Can You Work While on AISH?
Yes. You can work while receiving the AISH payment. Thus, you’re encouraged to work up to the extent you can to improve your situation.
What is the Maximum AISH Payment?
The maximum AISH payment an eligible individual can receive in 2021 is $16,85.
However, this is not static. The maximum AISH allowance is subject to change.
Is AISH Payment Taxable?
Unlike other benefits, you’re not taxed upon receiving the AISH payment. This implies that you can spend the money the way you like without including it during tax filing.
If you have more questions about the AISH payment dates, let me know in the comment section.