Alberta Seniors Benefit program
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The Alberta Seniors Benefit (ASB) program provides a monthly income supplement to federal income sources including Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).
Eligibility for a benefit is determined by:
- the type of accommodation you live in,
- your marital/cohabitation status,
- are 65 years of age or older,
- your income (combined with your spouse/ partners income, if applicable, regardless of their age),
- have lived in Alberta for at least 3 months immediately before applying, and
- receiving the federal OAS pension, e.g., have lived in Canada for 10 years.
In general, for July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, a single senior with an annual income of $26,200 or less, and senior couples with a combined annual income of $42,500 or less, are eligible for a cash benefit. These income levels are guidelines only, and are for seniors whose income includes a full OAS pension.
You only need to apply once for the Alberta Seniors Benefit program. However, it is your responsibility to notify the program if:
- you move to a new address,
- your marital status changes,
- your annual income changes,
- you do not file an individual income tax return,
- your eligibility for the federal Old Age Security pension changes.
If you have applied for the Alberta Seniors Benefit program and are dissatisfied with the decision made on your file, you can appeal the decision.
You are eligible to begin receiving benefits the month of your 65th birthday.
If you are a new Alberta resident, you are eligible to begin receiving benefits the later of the following dates:
- The month of your 65th birthday, or
- The month following three full months of permanent residency in Alberta (e.g., If you moved to Alberta on July 15, you are eligible to receive benefits on October 1)
Benefits are retroactive for up to 11 months prior to the date your completed application form is received by Alberta Seniors Benefit, but not earlier than your 65th birthday or three months of permanent residency in Alberta.
You are no longer eligible to receive benefits:
- the month after you leave Alberta to live permanently in another province or country,
- in the month following when death occurs.