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Learner Policy & Procedures

Published Date: March 29, 2012
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Learner Income Support Benefits

Continuous Supplementary Benefits (General Policies)

Handicap Benefit


Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation, Schedule 4, Section 2
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 households where the learner and/or their spouse/partner suffer from a severe handicap, as defined by the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) Regulation.


The Government of Alberta may pay a handicap benefit when the learner or their spouse/partner:

  • has been determined by an AISH Administrator to have a severe handicap as defined under the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) Regulation


  • the Supervisor of an Alberta Works Center determines, based on medical information provided on the EMP 0207 Medical Information, the individual has a severe handicap as defined under AISH Regulation.


  • $175 per month per eligible adult


For AISH clients applying for Income Support, this benefit will be provided automatically. Individuals who have medical problems consistent with the AISH Regulation definition of a ‘severe handicap’ must request the Handicap benefit on a Learner Income Support Application (Full-Time Study) or a Change in Circumstances form.

For Barriers to Full Employment (BFE) clients applying for Income Support, verification must be provided indicating that they are currently in receipt of the Handicap Benefit (e.g. copy of most recent Income Support benefit stub).

For individuals not previously in receipt of Income Support and the Handicap Benefit, a completed EMP 0207 Medical Information must be submitted to an Alberta Works Center for approval. The Government of Alberta must give written approval for the Handicap Benefit for the individual to submit to Learner Income Support Office (LISO).


A supervisor at an Alberta Works Center must approve the medical eligibility of all persons not in receipt of AISH.

Learner Benefit Coordinator, LISO approves the benefit for all eligible persons.