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Learner Policy & Procedures

Published Date: January 01, 2019
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Learner Income Support Benefits

Non-Continuous Supplementary Benefits

Natal and Adoptive Needs Payment


Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation, Schedule 4, section 17
Full Time Learners:  Schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Advanced Education) MO 306/2018
Full Time Learners:  Schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Labour) MO 2018-32


The Government of Alberta assists with the additional costs associated with a newborn baby.


The Government of Alberta may provide an allowance for items needed for an infant including:

  • infant clothing
  • toiletries
  • crib
  • mattress
  • bedding
  • high chair
  • stroller
  • infant car seat.

The Natal Allowance is provided once per child when:

  • the member of the learner household:


    • is within one month of their expected due date, or
    • has given birth or adopted, and the child is not more than twelve months old. The child does not have to be born during the training period.


  • it has not been provided previously (e.g., while receiving Income Support as Expected to Work /Barriers to Full Employment) for the same dependent.


See: Benefit Rate Table


If the learner is adding the newborn to the household through a Change in Circumstances form, the natal allowance is issued automatically. In all other situations, the learner must request the benefit either through a Learner Income Support Application or a Change in Circumstances form.


The learners’ verbal statement that they have a natal allowance need.


Learner Benefit Coordinator, Learner Income Support Office