Government of Alberta

Ministry of Seniors and Housing - Seniors Financial Assistance Programs

Provides a variety of financial benefits for seniors.

Service offers:

  • a variety of financial benefits programs for seniors


  • Alberta Seniors Benefit (ASB) - a monthly benefit to eligible seniors with low-income to assist with living expenses
  • Supplementary Accommodation Benefit - financial assistance to eligible seniors with low-income who reside in a designated supportive living or long-term care home
  • Special Needs Assistance (SNA) - financial assistance to eligible seniors with low-income toward the cost of some appliances, and specific health and personal supports
  • Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors - financial assistance to eligible seniors with low- to moderate- income for basic dental and optical services
  • Coverage for Seniors - coverage for medical needs, such as prescriptions drugs, diabetic supplies, ambulance services, home nursing care, chiropractic services, and clinical psychological services
  • Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program (SPTDP) - allows eligible senior homeowners to defer all or part of their annual residential property taxes through a low-interest home equity loan
  • Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program (SHARP) - helps eligible seniors finance home repairs, adaptations, and renovations through a low-interest home equity loan
Affiliation: Partnered with Alberta Blue Cross.
Yes, Service targeted to:
  • individuals 65 years or older
  • who have lived in Alberta for at least 3 months immediately before applying
  • and are Canadian citizens or permanent residents
Additional eligibility criteria may apply depending on program.
Application Process
Service Access: See below, To access service:
  • visit website for application
  • call for additional information
Referral Process: No

Waiting Period: Yes,

There may be a waiting period.

Toll Free
1-877-644-9992 (Alberta Supports Contact Centre)
Toll Free
Web Site
English; Tele-Interpreter / Language Lines
Fee: No
Fee Reduction: No
Membership Fee: No
Wheelchair access: Yes - Other disabled access: N/A -
Legal Status
Provincial Government
Last Updated On
April 30, 2021