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Support Programs for Our Seniors

The MD is committed to helping our senior residents access services that improve their quality of life. The services listed here are provided through the MD and the Government of Alberta.

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Eligibility Criteria for Special Needs Assistance

To be considered for any of the special needs assistance programs for seniors, you must:

A single senior with a total combined annual income of $26,200 or less, or a senior couple with a total combined annual income of $42,500 or less may be eligible to receive assistance. If you receive a Special Needs Assistance benefit, you may be asked to provide receipts (an accounting) for the goods and/or services funded by the program.

The benefit year starts July 1 of one year and finishes June 30 of the following year. Special Needs Assistance eligibility is based on the date of service (the date the item or service was purchased). If your request for benefits is denied, or if you disagree with the amount of benefits you receive, you can appeal the decision.

Support Programs for Area Seniors

Seniors Property Tax Assistance Program

The MD offers a program that provides relief to low-income senior residents for the municipal portion of their annual property taxes. The application deadline is December first of the current taxation year. To be eligible for this program, you must:

  • Be a residential property owner in the MD
  • Live in this residence
  • Own the property for a minimum of one year
  • Own no other real estate property
  • Be a minimum of 65 years of age
  • Meet the minimum income guidelines for the Alberta Seniors Benefit Program
Medical Travel Assistance

Assistance is provided for medical trips greater than 100 kilometres (round trip) to see a medical specialist or for medical testing/treatment. A report from the medical specialist or medical facility specifying the dates of the appointment and confirmation of attendance is required.

Medical trips are funded based on a per diem amount, taking into consideration distance travelled, transportation costs, meals, and parking. It is not necessary to submit receipts for these items. If you stayed overnight and paid for accommodations, you will be required to submit the receipt. A maximum of $75 per night is funded. Receipts must be in the name of the senior or the senior's spouse. Meal costs are considered on travel days only.

General Financial Assistance

The Special Needs Assistance (SNA) for Seniors program provides a lump-sum payment to eligible low-income seniors. This program provides assistance with some of the cost of appliances, health and personal supports, minor home repairs, and some medical costs.

A senior's total annual income, residence and marital status, and the items requested are used to determine the amount funded. The maximum assistance available is $5,000 in a benefit year.

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