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Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH): Achieving independence with personalized care.

We’re trusted service providers for AISH-approved applicants, providing tailored housing environments and community living.

Accredited by Alberta Council of Disability Services for providing supportive, personalized care to children on the spectrum.

Confirm Your AISH Eligibility

Age And Where You Live

  • Must be 18+ and below senior’s pension age
  • Must be an Alberta resident & Canadian citizen/permanent resident
  • Cannot be in jail or certain mental health facilities
  • AISH accepts PDD’s eligibility approval for medical benefits

Health Conditions

  • Must have a permanent medical condition
  • Health issues should be the primary barrier to employment
  • AISH considers available medical treatments and work programs

Entrust Services Eligibility

  • Must have PDD funding
  • Must be for clients living with complex developmental disabilities, not solely physical disabilities

Money Matters

Income and Assets

  • AISH reviews your and your partner’s income and assets
  • Employment is allowed while on AISH

Applying for Other benefits

  • Must apply for other eligible income sources (e.g., CPP-D, EI, WCB)

What Counts and What Doesn’t

  • Income reporting based on tax forms
  • Dependent child’s income is exempt
  • Certain income types (e.g., cash gifts, tax refunds) are exempt

How Much Can You Own

  • Exempt assets include home, car, basic household items
  • Non-exempt assets must be under $100,000 to qualify
  • One-year timeframe to spend or invest non-counted income (e.g., gifts, inheritances)

Applying for AISH: Steps to Receive AISH Allowance

You can either submit a paper application using the AISH forms available online or start an online application here. If you’ve already created an account, here’s where you can sign in to continue filling out.

What AISH Covers

Modified Living Allowance

Modified Living Allowance includes monthly personal and accommodation rates.

  • Personal allowance rate: $342/month
  • Accommodation rates vary: $1,880/month (Standard) and $2,286/month (Private)
  • Applicable for clients in approved facilities (nursing homes, designated living units)
  • Eligibility for health and personal benefits
  • Allowance subject to non-exempt income and cohabiting partner’s income
  • Rates can be adjusted for mid-month facility entry
  • Approved facilities include specific nursing homes, hospitals, and special care lodges

Monthly Living Allowance

  • Personal allowance rate: $342/month
  • Maximum monthly living allowance: $1,787 for community living
  • Allowance reduced for non-exempt income and cohabiting partner’s income
  • Reduced if residing in a Government of Alberta group home
  • Government-owned group home residents: allowance minus per diem room and board rate


Yes, AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped) benefits can be taken away or reduced under certain circumstances. These circumstances may include an increase in income, exceeding asset limits, or a significant improvement in medical condition. AISH conducts regular reviews to assess ongoing eligibility for the program. It is crucial for recipients to report any changes that could affect their eligibility, such as employment or changes in health status, to AISH promptly. Failure to do so could result in the revocation of benefits.

The amount of money you can make while on AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped) is subject to specific income and asset limits. Different types of income, such as employment income and investments, are categorized as either exempt or non-exempt and may impact your AISH benefits accordingly. Asset limits, including properties and savings, also affect eligibility. The specific limits can vary based on individual circumstances and are subject to change, so it’s advisable to consult the AISH program directly for the most accurate information.

The time to get approved for AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped) can vary based on factors like the completeness of your application, the volume of applications received, and whether you fall into a prioritized category such as terminal illness. While there’s no standard timeframe, wait times can range from a few weeks to several months. For the most accurate information, it’s best to contact the AISH Application Processing Centre directly.

To check the status of your AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped) application, you have several options:


You can directly call the AISH Application Processing Centre on their toll-free number at 1-877-759-6810. If you’re in the Edmonton area, you can also call 587-759-6810.


Alternatively, you can fax your inquiry to the toll-free fax number 1-877-969-3006.


You may also send a mail inquiry to:

AISH Application Processing Centre PO Box 17000 Station Main Edmonton, AB T5J 4B3