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AISH Program Policy

Published Date: March 01, 2014
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Personal Benefits

Establishing a New Residence


Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped Act, section 3
Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped General Regulation, sections 2 and 8; Schedule 3, section 9(1)


To assist clients who are leaving an institution or an abusive situation with the cost of establishing a new residence


In order to receive a personal benefit, the eligibility criteria as outlined in the Personal Benefits section must be met.

Clients who are leaving an institution or are escaping abuse may be provided with a benefit to establish a new residence (previously the community start-up allowance). Assistance is provided to help cover the cost of essential items required to set up a new residence.

There is no minimum amount of time a client is required to have lived in an institution prior to receiving this benefit. Clients who continued to receive AISH benefits while temporarily admitted to a hospital or institution are not eligible to receive this benefit.

This benefit is issued once, however, consideration may be given to granting additional benefits in exceptional circumstances.

Establishing a New Residence Rate

  • Actual cost to a maximum of $1,000.