The province has announced that Albertans who rely on the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) and Income Support programs will now receive their payment four business days before the first of the month. The new payment date will begin with the March 2024 payment cycle.
"This change, based on feedback from Albertans who receive AISH and Income Support payments, will give individuals more time to pay their bills and help prevent unnecessary late charges."
All clients will receive notice to update any automatic bill payments when they receive their February 2024 direct deposit slip/cheque. This ensures that they will have the time necessary to change any automatic payments from their accounts.
In December, the province announced a 4.25 per cent increase in benefits to Albertans who utilized AISH.
The province provided examples of the rate change in benefits. Someone who receives $1,787 from AISH will see an increase of $76 come 2024, to $1,863. Other increases include the following:
- Those who have Income Support for those who are expected to work will now receive $824 up from $790, an increase of $34
- Those who received Income Support for those with barriers to full employment will now receive $959, up from $919, an increase of $40
- Those who receive the Alberta Seniors Benefit will now receive $316 up from $303, an increase of $13
More than 75,000 people receive AISH each month, while another 48,000 receive Income Support each month. There are approximately 44,000 children who are dependents of AISH and Income Support recipients and about 187,000 seniors receive Alberta Seniors Benefits.
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