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Affordability Payments for Families and Caregivers with children under 18

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Affordability payments of $600 over 6 months are coming soon to help millions of Albertans struggling with the rising cost of living as part of the Affordability Action Plan.

Seniors and families with children under 18 can apply for their payments online starting January 18, but can get ready now by signing up for a verified Alberta.ca Account.

Anyone receiving monthly benefits through AISH, Income Support, Alberta Seniors Benefit or services through Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) will get their payments automatically but will need to apply for additional payments if they have kids under 18

Families and Caregivers with children under 18

How it works

  • Families can apply to get $600 for each dependent child under 18.
  • Foster and kinship caregivers caring for children under 18 will be automatically enrolled to receive payments for each child under 18 placed in their care, but need to apply for biological or adopted children.

Eligibility

  • Parent or guardian of dependent children who are under 18 between January 18 and June 30, 2023.
  • Adjusted household income is below $180,000, according to your 2021 tax return.
  • Alberta resident as of November 30, 2022, and remain so on the first day of each month between January and June to be eligible for each month’s payment.
  • Have not been incarcerated for 90 days or more during the January to June 2023 period.

When to apply

  • Apply any time between January 18 and June 30, 2023.
    • If your child turns 18 during the application period, you will get $100 for every month they are under 18.
    • If you have a baby during the application period, you will get $100 per month starting the month they are born.
    • If you share custody 40 to 60% of the time, both parents can apply to get $50 per month for each child.
    • If you are 65 or older, you can also apply to receive the $600 payment for seniors when you complete your application.
    • If you are on AISH, Income Support or PDD and have dependent children under 18, you will need to apply to receive payments for your children.

Who is not eligible

  • Parents who do not have custody at least 40 to 60% of the time.
  • Parents of children in care.
  • Child or youth who live in group homes as expenses are paid by Children’s Services.
  • Youth living independently as living expenses are paid by Children’s Services.

Payments

  • Payments will be issued in 6 monthly installments of $100 per child.
  • Once the application process is successfully completed, most Albertans will receive payments at the end of that month. Exact timing will vary for each individual.
  • Monthly payments to foster and kinship caregivers caring for children under 18 will start January 31.

Learn more here:https://www.alberta.ca/affordability-payments.aspx

 

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