AISH Program Policy

Published Date: March 01, 2014
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Debts

Collection of a Debt

AUTHORITY

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

INTENT

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

POLICY

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.