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AISH Program Policy

Published Date: March 01, 2014
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Collection of a Debt


Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped Act, section 9(2)
Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped General Regulation, section 9


To provide the terms and conditions for repayment of a debt.


Once a debt has been determined, collection may commence. AISH can collect a debt through any of the following methods:

  • Entering a repayment agreement with the debtor (person who owes a debt);
  • Deducting an amount from a future benefit(s);
  • Forwarding a debt to a collection service of the Government of Alberta;
  • Filing a certificate or restitution order with the Court of Queen’s Bench; or
  • Bringing an action in debt (a debt action is a civil claim for a sum of money).

The collection amount is not determined until it is decided that a debt is due or the amount has already been consented to in a repayment agreement. Debtors who are active AISH clients can request a change to the amount of collection based on their circumstances.

For clients:

  • The monthly collection amount is 10% of the maximum living allowance or modified living allowance. In cases of financial hardship , the collection amount may be reduced to a lower rate.

For former AISH clients, financial administrators, third parties, or sponsors:

  • Debts are collected through a centralized collection service for the Government of Alberta.