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AISH Program Policy

Published Date: October 25, 2018
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Government Payments


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


To exempt certain federal and provincial government compensation payments as assets.


In special circumstances, both the federal and provincial governments provide payments to citizens as compensation for various reasons. AISH may consider these payments as exempt assets. It is the responsibility of the applicant, client, and cohabiting partner to identify that they have received any of these payments.

Money received from any of these government payments, and assets purchased with this money, are considered exempt. However, interest earned from this money that is reportable to the Canada Revenue Agency is not exempt. (See the Income Type Exemption Table for further details.)

The following are considered exempt assets:

Payments received from the Government of Canada

  • Under the Federal Extraordinary Assistance Plan.
  • Under the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement.
  • For HIV infection from the blood supply.
  • Under Schedule A or B of the 1986-1990 Hepatitis C Settlement Agreement, other than
    • a payment under section 4.02 of that Agreement for loss of income, or
    • a payment under section 6.01 of that Agreement for loss of support resulting from the death of the infected person.
  • Under the Pre-1986/Post - 1990 Hepatitis C settlement Agreement.
  • In recognition of wartime service by a veteran of the Canadian or Newfoundland Merchant Navy or a surviving cohabiting partner of that veteran.
  • For Indian Residential Schools Compensation.
  • Under the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB) and the Working Income Tax Benefit Disability Supplement.
  • Ex gratia payments related to the testing of unregistered United States military herbicides, including Agent Orange, at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in New Brunswick in 1966 and 1967.
  • A per capita distribution (PCD) payment received by band members from the First Nation from proceeds of the following agreements:
    • Treaty 8 Agricultural Benefits Settlement Agreements; and
    • The Piikani Nation Grazing Leases Specific Claim Settlement Agreement.
    • The Lubicon Lake Band No. 453 Treaty 8 Lands and Benefits Claim Settlement Agreement (2018). 

Payments received from the Government of Alberta

  • For Sterilization.
  • Under the Victims of Crime Act.
  • Under the Special Payment Act.
  • For the AISH/Widows’ Pension/Income Support Class-Action Lawsuit.
  • For Alberta Resource Rebate.
  • Under the Slave Lake Wildfire Relief or Emergency Accommodation program for persons subject to the mandatory evacuation order issued in May 2011 by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency in relation to the Slave Lake Wildfires.
  • Under the Disaster Recovery Program for emergency funds for persons who had to leave their home or to repair or rebuild their property due to flooding of June 2013.
  • For compensation made by the Government of Alberta under the Alberta Child Welfare Class Action (2015).
  • For compensation made by the Government of Alberta for damage or loss caused by a disaster such as determined by the Government of Alberta. This includes any asset purchased with the payment. Disasters include:
    • The wildfires in Fort McMurray and surrounding areas which occurred in May 2016.