Supports for Seniors

Age-friendly Inclusion and Assistance

From time to time, the County issues enforcement orders to ensure landowner premises and properties remain in compliance with building codes. Provincial grants and local support services exist for seniors, low-income landowners or community members with disabilities who are unable to physically repair a violation or afford its associated costs.

Application Assistance
Community Services staff can help you navigate the grant application process.

Application Assistance and Advice from the County

Need a bit of help finding — or applying for — the right type of funding? County staff will do their best to help you navigate the process. If you need any assistance making use of the grant programs below, please contact the County's Community Services department at 780.785.3411 (toll-free 1.866.880.5722) or LSAC (@) LSAC.ca.

REQUIREMENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Please note that income thresholds and other eligibility requirements for the grant programs described on this page are subject to change at the provincial level. As you review this information, please follow the links to the respective grant websites to confirm requirements.

Alberta Seniors Benefit

Seniors with low-income can get financial assistance to help with monthly living expenses.

Seniors who have lived in Alberta for 10 years and are receiving Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) can qualify for this monthly benefit in addition to their federal income benefits. After you fill out an application, you could qualify if you are a single senior with an annual income of $27,300 or less or a senior couple with a combined annual income of $44,335 or less.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Alberta Seniors Benefit you must:

  • be 65 years of age or older (benefits may start the month of your 65th birthday)
  • have lived in Alberta for at least 3 months immediately before applying
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • receive the Old Age Security pension from the Government of Canada
  • meet financial eligibility criteria

If you and/or your spouse/partner have chosen to defer or delay receipt of Old Age Security (OAS), you are not eligible for seniors financial assistance programs.

Use the Seniors Benefit Estimator to help determine your eligibility for Seniors Financial Assistance programs.  You do not need to share any personal information to use the calculator.

Contact

To connect with the Alberta Supports Contact Centre:

Hours: 7:30 am to 8 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 1.877-644-9992

Address:
Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program
PO Box 1200 STN Main
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 2M4

The Province may change income thresholds and other eligibility requirements for the programs listed on this page.

Residential Access Modification Program

Provincial grants for people with disabilities

The RAMP program provides up to $7,500 for one year, with a maximum of $15,000 over ten years for projects that help those with disability issues continue to live in their own homes. Eligibility is single adults is $36,900, with a maximum of $94,500 for families.

Eligibility

You may be eligible for a RAMP grant if you are:

  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has lived in Alberta for 90 continuous days
  • An Albertan of any age who uses a wheelchair or a senior (65+ years) who uses a 4-wheel walker on an ongoing basis
  • Living with a progressive neuro-degenerative disease including:
    • multiple sclerosis
    • muscular dystrophy
    • ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)
    • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
    • Parkinson's disease
    • Alzheimer's disease
    • spina bifida
    • spinal cord injuries
    • non-recovering stroke
  • A homeowner, tenant or living with family
  • An Indigenous person living off- or on-reserve
  • Within the income guidelines listed below for your family size

Contact

To connect with RAMP:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-5760 (Edmonton and area)
Toll free: 1-877-427-5760 (Alberta)
Email: css.ramp@gov.ab.ca

Address:
RAMP
Community and Social Services
PO Box 808, Edmonton Main
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 2L4

To clarify details or confirm eligibility requirements, visit the links associated to each program or contact MLA Shane Getson.

Special Needs Assistance for Seniors (SNA) Program

Seniors with low-income can get financial assistance to help afford the cost of appliances and specific health and personal supports.

This program is designed to assist seniors with some of the cost of appliances and some health and personal supports. A single senior with a total annual income of $27,300 or less or a senior couple with a total combined annual income of $44,335 or less can qualify to receive up to $5,000 per year.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this program you must:

  • be 65 years of age or older
  • be an Alberta resident
  • be a Canadian citizen or have been lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent residence
  • meet financial eligibility criteria
  • have provided a Seniors Financial Assistance application

Contact

To connect with the Alberta Supports Contact Centre:

Hours: 7:30 am to 8 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 1.877-644-9992

Address:
Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program
PO Box 1200 STN Main
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 2M4

Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program

Provincial grants for people with disabilities

This program allows eligible senior homeowners to voluntarily defer all or part of their residential property taxes, including the education tax portion. This is done through a low-interest home equity loan with the Province.

Eligibility

Eligibility is not based on your income. To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • be 65 years of age, or older (only one spouse/partner needs to be at least 65)
  • be an Alberta resident, having lived in the province for at least 3 months
  • own a residential property in Alberta and the home must be your primary residence (the place where you live most of the time)
  • have a minimum of 25% equity in your home to allow the government to secure the loan and ensure repayment when the loan is due

Property eligibility

Only residential properties are eligible for the Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program.

The following will also be considered:

  • mobile and manufactured homes on residential property owned by the senior
  • residential portions of farmland and
  • residential portions of commercial property

If there are outstanding municipal property tax amounts owed from previous years, you can still apply for a loan, as long as you have a minimum of 25% equity in your home.

Application Assistance

grant applications
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Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program (SHARP)

Low-interest home equity loans can cover a range of home adaptations and renovations to help seniors stay in their homes longer.

Seniors can receive a loan of up to $40,000 to make renovations to their primary residence. The maximum household income for this home is $75,000. and applicants must own at least 25% of their primary residence.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this program you must:

  • Have an annual income of $75,000 or less
  • Be 65 years of age or older – only one spouse/partner needs to be at least 65 – and listed as a registered owner of a residential property in a Land Titles Office
  • Be a Canadian citizen, or have been lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent residence
  • Be an Alberta resident, having lived in the province for at least 3 months

With consent, income information is collected directly from the Canada Revenue Agency.

Contact

Connect with the Alberta Supports Contact Centre:

Hours: 7:30 am to 8 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 1-877-644-9992

Mailing address:
Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program (SHARP)
PO Box 1050 STN Main
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 2M1