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.
How it works
- Seniors can apply for $100 per month for 6 months, for a total of $600 per person.
- Age 65 or older by 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.
- Do not receive the Alberta Seniors Benefit, AISH or Income Support (these clients do not need to apply as they will get payments automatically).
- Have not been incarcerated for 90 days or more during the January to June 2023 period.
When to apply
- Apply between January 18 and June 30, 2023.
- If you turn 65 during the application period:
- you can apply at any time but payment(s) will be held until your birth month
- you will receive $100 for every month you are 65
- If you are the parent or guardian of dependent children under 18, you can also apply to receive $600 per child when you complete your application.
- Payments will be issued in 6 monthly installments of $100.
- Most Albertans will receive payments at the end of the month their application is successfully completed. Exact timing will vary for each person depending on when they completed the application.
- Payments will be retroactive to the first month you are eligible.