The Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) offers monthly financial support to eligible individuals living with significant and long-term disabilities.
The program is funded by the government of Saskatchewan and is aimed at helping eligible recipients meet their basic needs. It is similar to the PWD program in British Columbia and the ODSP program in Ontario.
If you are like many Saskatchewan residents who are curious about the next SAID payment dates for 2023, you have come to the right place.
This article will discuss the SAID payment dates for 2023, how to apply, how much you stand to receive in benefits and a whole lot more about the program. So, stick with us.
SAID Payment Dates 2023
Here are the SAID payment dates for 2023:
SAID BENEFIT MONTH
SAID CHEQUE MAILING DATE
SAID DIRECT DEPOSIT DATE
December 22, 2022
December 28, 2022
January 25, 2023
January 30, 2023
February 22, 2023
February 27, 2023
March 27, 2023
March 30, 2023
April 24, 2023
April 27, 2023
May 25, 2023
May 30, 2023
June 26, 2023
June 29, 2023
July 25, 2023
July 28, 2023
August 25, 2023
August 30, 2023
September 25, 2023
September 28, 2023
October 26, 2023
October 30, 2023
November 27, 2023
November 29, 2023
However, the SAID payment dates are usually determined by the kind of account you have set up. If you have chosen to receive your benefits by cheque in the mail, cheque payments will be mailed out to you before those who have opted for direct deposits receive their benefits.
Also, Payment dates could be tailored to suit your situation sometimes.
What is the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability Benefit?
SAID is a provincial government-funded program that offers support of financial kind to qualified people who suffer from lasting or long-term disabilities and require financial assistance to meet their basic needs.
SAID consists of 3 main parts:
- Living Income: for basic needs like shelter, transportation, and food.
- Disability Income: specially for disability-related costs.
- Exceptional Need Income: specially for special food items, home care, and grooming animals.
Other components of SAID that people who receive it can enjoy include:
- Household Disability Support Benefit
- Supplementary Health Benefits
- Northern Living Supplement
- Personal Living Benefit
Who is Eligible For The SAID Benefit?
To qualify for SAID benefits, you must meet residency requirements, age requirements, and financial requirements. Also, your health/disability status is important.
Age and residency requirements: To be eligible, you must be 18 years or older and reside in the province of Saskatchewan.
Financial requirements: This is a very important factor in your application process for SAID. It is necessary to prove that you do not have the money to pay for self-care.
The limit for cash or money stored in banks for an applicant is $1,500. This also applies to another adult in the applicant’s family. The limit for other members of the family is $500 each.
The following sources of income and assets are partially or fully excluded when evaluating your application for SAID:
- Canada Child Benefit
- Income tax refund
- Disability Housing Supplement payments
- Inheritances as high as $100,000
- GST Credit
- Gifts as high as $200/year
Disability requirements: To qualify, the disability in question must be long-term and significant. Another way to look at this requirement is to require assistance from a service animal, person, device, or special environment/housing.
A doctor or a field professional must fill out a form on behalf of the disabled. This is an important phase of the application process for SAID.
How Much Can You Receive From The SAID Benefit?
How much you can receive as Living Income Benefit from the SAID benefit depends on your location and the size of your family. It can be somewhere between $931 to $1,759 for each month.
If you have a room and board or room-only arrangement, then you may qualify for the Modified living benefits outlined in the table below.
For those who live in a room only or board and room, as seen above, one adult gets $805 while two adults get $1,310. The amount per child for this arrangement is $85.
Further, you may also qualify for fixed utility benefits and laundry allowance, as displayed in the table below.
SAID beneficiaries can also receive the following at the rates indicated:
- Northern Living Supplement rate is $50/member of a family unit
- The Disability Income Benefit rate is $70 per month
- Exceptional Needs Activity Benefit rate is $25 per month
- The Household Disability Support Benefit rate is $25 per month
While receiving SAID benefits, you may earn employment income without any penalty provided it is under the following annual benchmark:
- One person: $6,000
- Couple: $7,200
- Family: $8,500
If you earn more than these defined amounts, then your SAID payments will be clawed back.
You may also be able to get provisional SAID benefits while awaiting your Disability Impact Assessment and SAID application’s completion.
How To Apply for SAID Benefits
You can apply for SAID benefits by visiting your local Social Services Office or by phone at 1-888-567-7243. If you have a hearing impairment, call their office at 1-866-995-0099 (TTY) instead.
Upon completing your application, a Disability Impact Assessment (which involves an interview) will be set up for you on a given date.
If your application is denied, you may tender a plea within 15 full days of your notice.
SAID Program Increase 2023
Recently, many supporters and beneficiaries of SAID recipients have called for an increase in SAID payments in Canada.
In the 2021/2022 budget, the Ministry of Social Services of Canada proposed an additional $54.4 million. This increased the SAID benefit funding by $19 million.
Since then, the government hasn’t announced a potential monthly payment increase.
Final Thoughts on SAID Payment Dates
SAID offers financial support to eligible people who suffer from lasting or long-term disabilities. It can be a great option if you have a disability that has limited your ability to work to your full capacity and earn income to meet your basic needs.
As long as you meet the eligibility criteria, you can get up between $931 to $1,759 for each month. So go ahead and apply for the SAID benefit and expect to receive your payment on the upcoming SAID payment dates.
FAQs on SAID Payment Dates
What Are the Other Saskatchewan Income Assistance Programs?
You could be eligible for the following income assistance programs if the circumstances are right:
Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS): Recipients who qualify may get income backing if they make a low income (or need help with caring basic needs due to unemployment).
The basic benefit for SIS goes as high as $350 per adult and $65 a child. It is also possible to be eligible for shelter payments as high as $1,150 (if it is a family with three or more children).
Provincial Training Allowance (PTA): Adult students who make little money and are enrolled in vocational skills training programs or full-time Adult Basic Education could be eligible for the provincial training allowance.
The living allowance goes as high as $1,476 (including northern allowance and daycare). Beneficiaries could also be eligible for employment plus training benefits.
Saskatchewan Employment Supplement (SES): Families with low-income earners (and children) could be eligible for the monthly SES benefit.
They get as high as $562.50 and can also get as high as $4,070/month for employment income benefits. This is dependent on the number of eligible children in your family.
Is the SAID Benefit Taxable?
No. Benefits gotten via the SAID program are non-taxable. This means you do not need to add the payments to your tax returns for income.
What Are the Other Disability Assistance Programs in Canada?
Some of the most prominent disability assistance programs are listed below:
- Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) in Alberta.
- Disability Support Program in Nova Scotia
- AccessAbility support in Prince Edward Island
- Person With Disabilities (PWD) assistance in British Columbia
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