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AISH Program Policy

Published Date: January 01, 2019
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Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped Act, section 3.2(1)(c); Schedule 1, sections 6(b) and (c); Schedule 2


To define how income is treated in determining eligibility and the level of AISH benefits.


Income is used to determine eligibility for the AISH program and the amount of living allowance or modified living allowance a client receives. AISH recognizes a mutual obligation of cohabiting partners to support each other. Therefore, income of the applicant, client, and their cohabiting partner are considered in determining eligibility for AISH and level of benefits.

When determining eligibility or level of benefits, AISH considers all income that is reportable to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). AISH also considers the following income:

  • Tax-exempt employment or self-employment income of a Treaty Indian;
  • Pension income of a Treaty Indian;
  • Value of support provided by a sponsor of an immigrant; and
  • Trust income deemed payable to a beneficiary under a trust.

To determine total net income, allowable deductions and appropriate AISH exemptions are applied depending on the type of income. The net amount is then used in determining the applicant or client’s maximum living allowance or modified living allowance.

AISH Allowable Deductions

When calculating net income, AISH uses deductions allowable under the Income Tax Act and deductions that are a Condition of Employment.

Deductions that are a condition of employment refer to payroll deductions that an employee cannot opt out of (that are mandatory).

AISH Income and Exemption Categories

AISH groups income received by an applicant, client, or cohabiting partner into the following categories:

Income in these categories can be fully exempt, partially exempt, or non-exempt for the purposes of the AISH program.


Effect of Income on AISH Benefit Calculation

Fully exempt income Does not affect level of benefits
Partially exempt income A certain amount is allowed each month before it affects level of benefits
Non-Exempt income Deducted dollar-for-dollar from level of benefits


Money an applicant or client saves from one month to the next, including AISH benefits and exempt income, may be included in the $100,000 asset limit the month after it was received.

Income and Exemption Tables

  • The Income Categories Table provides an overview of income types grouped according to income category and exemption.
  • The Income Type Exemption Table provides a detailed list of income types and includes explanatory notes, income categories, and applicable income exemptions.