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Learner Policy & Procedures

Published Date: January 01, 2019
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Learner Income Support Benefits

Continuous Supplementary Benefits (General Policies)

Special Diets


Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation, Schedule 4, Section 21
Delegation of Minister's Authority to Directors/Staff Ministerial Order (Labour)
Delegation of Minister's Authority to Directors/Staff Ministerial Order (Advanced Education)
Full-Time Learners: Schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Labour)
Full-Time Learners: Schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Advanced Education)


The Government of Alberta assists learner household where a member(s) of the household has special dietary needs, which result in increased costs.


Learners who require a special diet for health reasons are provided an allowance to cover the difference between the regulated food rate and the cost of the food required for a special diet. The Minister has authority to establish special diet rates, and this authority is delegated to the Executive Director responsible for learners under the Income and Employment Supports Act (IESA)..

Rates for special diets are not subject to appeal to an Income and Employment Supports Appeal Panel.

For special diets not shown in the benefit rate table, approval is required by the Executive Director, responsible for learners under IESA.

See: Benefit Rate Table


The learner must complete either a Learner Income Support Application (Full-Time Study) or a Change in Circumstances form with a complete Additional Continuous Benefits form requesting the benefit(s).


Learner Benefit Coordinator, Learner Income Support Office