Boost coming for disabled, those on low incomes
Weekend, November 9-11, 2018 Ed McCauley says the “University of Calgary is in great shape to take a major step forward on the national and international stage.” EDMONTON—Alberta is proposing to increase help for those with disabilities and low-income earners while tying future hikes to keep pace with inflation.
The changes introduced in the legislature would help about 250,000 Alberta residents, including seniors and those who receive benefits under the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped program, also known as AISH.
Under the AISH program, the maximum monthly core benefit would rise almost $100 to $1,685 and the monthly Alberta Seniors Benefit will get bumped up $6 to $286. If approved, the changes would take effect Jan. 1.
The AISH benefits have not changed since 2012 and the senior benefits have not been
increased in almost a decade. Premier Rachel Notley said it’s critical to help those most in need.
“Rates have been allowed to fall way behind because of inflation,” Notley said. “This bill will help make people’s lives more affordable. It will help ensure fewer people are in need of food banks and it will help to make Alberta a more equal place.”
Premier Rachel Notley says the bill will make people’s lives more affordable.