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AISH Program Policy

Published Date: March 01, 2014
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Income Reporting

Legislative references below may require updates as of January 1, 2019 in accordance with the passing of An Act to Combat Poverty and Fight for Albertans with Disabilities. The updates will be complete by March 31, 2019.

Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped Act, section 3(3)(c) and 5(3)(b)
Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped General Regulation, section 3(1); Schedule 1, section 2


To define the criteria used to determine whether an AISH client will report income annually, quarterly, and monthly.


AISH clients must report their income and their cohabiting partner’s income to determine the level of benefits they are eligible to receive for the next reporting period. Income can be reported annually, quarterly or monthly.

AISH, in consultation with the client, decides the most appropriate reporting period based on the criteria below. The reporting period chosen will take into consideration the best interest of the client and their unique circumstance.

Clients must immediately report to their worker any changes in their or their cohabiting partner’s income or assets. The reporting period may change depending on the situation.

Income reported annually or quarterly is prorated over the number of months in the reporting period. Benefits for the next reporting period may be determined by using income from the previous reporting period. For new clients or existing clients with new income the averaged monthly income amount may be used to determine benefits for the next reporting period.

Annual Reporting Criteria

Clients and their cohabiting partners can report annually if there is:

  • No income;
  • Stable income;
  • Income that is less than the amount exempted by AISH; or
  • Income that can be calculated to an annual amount and when averaged, the income amount is manageable on a monthly basis by the client.

For the client to be considered for annual reporting, the amount of income in any of the above conditions must not be close to making the client ineligible for AISH.

Quarterly Reporting Criteria

Clients and their cohabiting partners can report quarterly if their income:

  • Varies significantly from month to month; or is more than the exempt amount.

Monthly Reporting Criteria

Clients and their cohabiting partners can report monthly if their income:

  • Varies considerably from month to month; or
  • If the client is new or an existing client begins to receive income and a history needs to be established in order to consider other reporting periods.

Review and Reassessment of Reporting Period

Income is reviewed and reporting periods are assessed at the end of the reporting period or when a change in circumstance occurs.