Apply for Alberta Seniors Benefit

The program benefit year starts July 1 of the current year and ends June 30 of the following year. Only complete applications can be properly assessed.

Complete applications

All sections of the application need to be completed to determine if you are eligible for a benefit under the Alberta Seniors Benefit program.

If you have a spouse, all spousal information must also be completed. The term spouse/partner applies to both a married spouse and a adult interdependent partner.

  • When applying for Alberta Seniors Benefit as part of a senior couple, the older of the two is referred to as the “Applicant,” and the younger as the “Spouse/Partner.”

When applying for Alberta Seniors Benefit, attach a copy of your birth certificate or baptismal certificate. Also, attach proof of eligibility for Old Age security.

Your benefit will be deposited directly into your bank account. You will need to attach a blank personalized cheque, pre-printed by your bank/financial institution, with your name, current address and bank account number. Write VOID across the cheque.

Birth or baptismal certificate

When applying for Alberta Seniors Benefit, attach a copy of your Canadian birth or baptismal certificate. Do the same for your spouse/adult interdependent partner if applicable. If you or your spouse/adult interdependent partner (if applicable) does not have a Canadian birth or baptismal certificate, photocopies of one of the following documents are also accepted:

  • Canada Entry Documents 
  • Canadian Citizenship Document  
  • Old Age Security Notice of Entitlement letter  
  • Status Indian Band Card 
  • Passport

Old Age Security

If you are eligible to receive Old Age Security from the Government of Canada, please send a photocopy of your Notice of Entitlement letter with your application. Do the same for your spouse/adult interdependent partner if applicable.

If you do not have a copy of the Entitlement letter, or need to apply for Old Age Security, call the Government of Canada toll-free at 1-800-277-9914 or go to the Canada Old Age Security pension website.

If you do not receive Old Age Security when applying for Alberta Seniors Benefit, you will need to indicate the year and month that you will be eligible. You will need to enclose your Canada Entry documents with your application if you will not receive Old Age Security when you turn 65.

If you do not qualify for, or choose to defer receipt of, the federal Old Age Security pension, you are not eligible for benefits. 

Seniors not eligible for the federal Old Age Security pension, who are residents of designated supportive living and long-term care facilities will be eligible to receive the supplementary accommodation benefits to assist with their accommodation costs.

NOTE: See Alberta Senior Benefits Accommodation Categories for definitions

Direct deposit

All payments shall be made via direct deposit for seniors who are newly eligible for the program.

Direct deposit offers the following advantages:

  • Your deposit will be on time 
  • Your payment will not be lost, stolen or damaged in the mail 
  • Your payment will not be subject to postal delays 
  • Your benefit will automatically be deposited into your account if you are ill, on vacation or traveling

You have 2 options in providing Alberta Seniors Benefit your direct deposit information:

  1. Provide a blank cheque with your name and current address preprinted by your financial institution. Please print VOID across the front of the blank cheque and include your personal health number on the cheque, or 
  2. If you do not have a preprinted personalized cheque or you want the payment to go to a savings account, complete a direct deposit form –  

When you send your direct deposit information, you can mail it or fax it. Please be sure to include your name and your personal health number on any information you send.

Circumstances that might prevent the use of direct deposit are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.