Seniors Programs

The Government of Alberta assists seniors with low incomes who need help the most and provides several programs for all seniors. These programs are available to seniors in Alberta:

Alberta Aids to Daily Living

  • Helps Albertans purchase medical equipment and supplies for their basic medical needs, as assessed by a health care professional, so they can live more independently in their homes.
  • Seniors pay 25 per cent of the cost, to a maximum of $500, for items like hearing aids, wheelchairs and oxygen.
  • Albertans with low incomes may be exempt from the $500 cost-share portion.

Alberta Blue Cross Coverage for Seniors

  • Provides premium-free Blue Cross coverage for all seniors, their spouses, and eligible dependants, with up to $25,000 in health-related benefits per person each year.
  • Seventy per cent of prescription drug costs are covered, and seniors only pay up to $25 per prescription or refill.

Alberta Health Care Premiums Exemption

  • All seniors are exempt from paying provincial health insurance premiums.
  • This saves single seniors over $500 a year and senior couples over $1,000 a year.

Alberta Seniors Benefit

  • Provides monthly cash benefits to eligible seniors, in addition to the federal benefits received under Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement. It has the highest income threshold and monthly payment in the country.
  • In general, single seniors with an annual income of $24,000 or less, and senior couples with a combined annual income of $39,000 or less, may qualify for this program.
  • The Supplementary Accommodation Benefit for Seniors is also available through this program. It provides low-income seniors who receive the Alberta Seniors Benefit and live in long-term care facilities with financial assistance for their room, board and housekeeping costs. This program has been recently expanded to include assistance for those living in designated assisted living facilities.
  • The Supplementary Accommodation Benefit ensures that seniors who receive it have at least $265 in disposable income left after their monthly accommodation charges are paid. (Note: The $265 is calculated based on semi-private room rates.)

Dental Assistance for Seniors

  • Provides up to $5,000 of coverage every five years for basic dental work.
  • In general, single seniors with an annual income of $31,675 or less, and senior couples with a combined annual income of $63,350 or less, may qualify for this program.

Education Property Tax Assistance for Seniors

  • Provides senior homeowners with a rebate to cover the year-to-year increase in the education portion of their property taxes.

Optical Assistance for Seniors

  • Provides up to $230 every three years for prescription eyeglasses and lenses.
  • In general, single seniors with an annual income of $31,675 or less, and senior couples with a combined annual income of $63,350 or less, may qualify for this program.

Special Needs Assistance for Seniors

  • Assists low-income seniors with unexpected or one-time costs such as appliances, essential home repairs and some medical expenses.
  • In general, single seniors with an annual income of $24,000 or less, and senior couples with a combined annual income of $39,000 or less, may qualify for this program.

Senior Supportive and Subsidized Housing

  • Government provides approximately $29 million in supports for seniors' housing in Alberta, which assists over 23,000 Albertans through the Seniors Lodge Program and the Seniors Self-Contained Housing Program.

For more information or to apply for these programs

Seniors and their families who would like more information or to apply for these programs can contact us.

Members of the media can contact Communications for more information.