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.
This change comes from Albertans who receive AISH and Income Support payments, which will give individuals more time to pay their bills and help prevent unnecessary late charges.
The new payment date will begin with the March 2024 payment cycle.
“We know how important it is to alleviate financial pressures for individuals who rely on these benefits. This move aims to provide people with additional time to pay rent, manage their financial obligations, and avoid incurring any unnecessary late charges," said Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services, Jason Nixon.
Everyone will receive notice to update any automatic bill payments when they receive their February 2024 direct deposit slip or cheque.
This ensures that they will have the time necessary to change any automatic payments from their accounts.
“I am pleased that the Government of Alberta has listened to Albertans who receive AISH or Income Support by changing the benefit payment date. Since 2020, payments on the first of the month created financial challenges for many Albertans. Implementing this change will greatly assist people in meeting their financial obligations," explained Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Greg McMeekin.
In December the Government of Alberta said the rate was set to jump up by 4.25 percent, starting at the beginning of 2024.
- This amounts to an increase from $1,787 to $1,863 for AISH.
- $790 to $824 in Income Support for those who are expected to work.
- $919 to $959 in Income Support for those with barriers to full employment.
- $303 to $316 for those who receive the Alberta Seniors Benefit.
“This decision by the Government of Alberta is a positive and very welcome change. Reverting to the previous approach to benefit payment dates will significantly reduce the stress and trauma experienced by already vulnerable individuals. Individuals will now have funds, as well as time to resolve any payment issues, to pay bills that are often due on the first of the month," said the executive director of Radius Health, Tricia Smith.
There is about 76,000 Albertans receive AISH benefits and about 50,000 Albertans receive Income Support benefits.
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