Eligible Alberta parents and seniors on benefit plans can apply for financial support starting today (Jan. 18, 2023).
Seniors and parents can apply for $600 in affordability payments over six months to help offset inflationary pressures.
Eligible households can apply for affordability payments for each child under 18 and each senior 65 and up.
The secure online application portal will launch at 9 a.m.
Families with household incomes below $180,000 are eligible to receive $100 per month for six months for each dependent child under 18.
Seniors 65 or older who have household incomes below $180,000 and do not receive the Alberta Seniors Benefit can also apply for monthly payments.
Anyone who can't easily go online can apply in person through any registry agent or Alberta Supports to receive support in 50 locations and over 100 languages during regular business hours.
Applications will be accepted any time between January 18 and June 30, 2023.
To apply, eligible parents and seniors must have a confirmed or pending Verified Account, which allows Albertans to prove who they are online without paper documents or face-to-face visits.
Albertans will use the log-in information from their Verified Account to sign in and complete their online application.
In-person, online and call-in supports are also available for those who have difficulty applying online or need extra assistance.
Many Albertans who qualify for the inflation relief direct payments are automatically enrolled and do not need to apply through the portal or in person.
Everyone who receives benefits through Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH), Income Support or the Alberta Seniors Benefit, or services through the Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program are already registered and will automatically receive their $100 payments starting January 31.
However, if you are a recipient of one of these programs and you also have dependent children under age 18, you will need to apply to receive payments for your children through the portal.