Special Needs Assistance for Seniors program

The Special Needs Assistance (SNA) for Seniors program provides a lump-sum payment to eligible low-income seniors. This program provides assistance with some of the cost of appliances, minor home repairs and some health and personal supports.

A senior’s total annual income, residence and marital status, and the items requested are used to determine the amount funded. The maximum assistance available is $5,000 in a benefit year.

Available assistance

Assistance is available for allowable special needs such as appliances, minor home repairs and some medical costs.

General eligibility

To be considered for the Special Needs Assistance for Seniors program, you must:

  1. be enrolled in the Alberta Seniors Benefit program or submit a Seniors Financial Assistance application
  2. be 65
  3. be an Alberta resident
  4. be a Canadian citizen or have been lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent residence
  5. not have voluntarily deferred the receipt of Old Age Security.

A single senior with a total combined annual income of $26,200 or less, or a senior couple with a total combined annual income of $42,500 or less may be eligible to receive assistance. Read more about SNA income levels.

  • If you receive a SNA benefit, you may be asked to provide receipts (an accounting) for the goods and/or services funded by the program.
  • If your request for benefits is denied or if you disagree with the amount of benefits you receive, you can appeal the decision.
  • If you have questions or require additional information, please call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992, or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton.

Benefit year

The benefit year starts July 1 of one year and finishes June 30 of the following year. SNA eligibility is based on the date of service (the date the item or service was purchased).