There are no specific programs to
offset the high electricity rates as there was in 2001. However, there are programs
available to Albertans who are unable to meet their non-discretionary, basic needs.
* Alberta Seniors - Special Needs Assistance Program
Eligible seniors who are experiencing financial difficulties can apply for a lump sum
cash payment of $5,000 per year. To qualify for this assistance, seniors need to show they
are unable to meet their non-discretionary, basic needs. Seniors can obtain an appliction
form by contacting the Seniors Information Line toll free at 1-800-642-3853.
March 3, 2003: The Special Needs Assistance for Seniors program has been temporarily
changed to include "rising utility costs" as an allowable expense for those
seniors experiencing financial hardships due to increases in natural gas and electricity
costs. The temporary change will consider applications to the Special Needs Assistance for
Seniors program received prior to May 31, 2003 and take into consideration utility costs
for the months of January to April. To obtain an application, seniors can pick one up at a
Seniors Information Service Office, by calling Alberta Seniors at 1-800-642-3853 or from
the Alberta Seniors website at: www.seniors.gov.ab.ca
* Alberta Human Resources and Employment
- HR & E has a program under the Supports for Independence Program. It provides
financial support if people have no other way of providing for themselves and their
families. For more information, contact HR & E's information line at 780/ 415-0733. To
call toll free, first dial 310-0000.
Farm Assistance Programs
A new $324-million Farm Income Assistance Program (FIAP) will help Alberta's
agricultural producers, who face some of the driest conditions in 133 years.
Application forms will be mailed out directly to Alberta producers who applied for
acreage payment programs in 2001. Those who did not claim in 2001 must ask for a form from
one of the following locations:
* Rural Services Division of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Development (AFRD)
- phone 780-422-9167 (within Alberta, dial 310-0000 then the number for toll-free access),
* most AFRD hub offices <http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200207/12816.html>
(excluding Brooks, Lacombe, Leduc, and Oliver),
* Alberta Financial Services Corp. offices
* rural MLA offices
and * will soon be available online <http://web.archive.orghttp://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/fiap2002/index.html>.
An immediate advance payment of 85 per cent will be issued as soon as completed
applications are received. This will move funds quickly into the hands of those producers
who, in some cases, have been selling stock or land, or going into debt. The final 15 per
cent will be issued after all applications are received and assessed.
The FIAP 2002 program is a further supplement to Alberta's extensive agriculture safety
net system. Other existing programs available to help producers include:
* water programs <http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200207/12816.html>
that help provide funding for long term water projects and access to emergency pumping
equipment, (application deadline is Jan. 31/03)
* a grasshopper control program <http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200207/12816.html>
that helps fund spraying and treatment, (application deadline is Jan. 31/03)
* crop insurance programs <http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200207/12816.html>,
whose flexibility and accessibility have recently been increased, (application deadline is
* loan programs <http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200207/12816.html>for
disaster assistance, beginning farmers, developing farmers, and farm development.
(application deadline is June 30/03)
* Agriculture Drought Risk Management Plan for Alberta - Strategic Plan
(no dates given)
* Grasshopper program <http://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/grasshopper.html>
(application deadline is Jan. 31/03)
* News release <http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200207/12816.html>
* Alberta Financial Services Corp. <http://www.afsc.ca>
(for Jan. to Dec. 2001 taxation year)
For more details see the news releases at:
The Salvation Army's
Working Families Housing Assistance Program
The W.F.H.A. Fund was started in Calgary on April 15, 1999. A donation was received
from an anonymous donor who wanted the money to go to the working poor who were in need of
their rent, utilities or damage deposit to be paid.
The donor gave specific guidelines for the Salvation Army to follow. Individuals
who DO qualify are:
* Working (a minimum of 3 months full-time) and have dependant children living with
* On Employment Insurance but going back to their original workplace and have dependant
children living with them
* Subsidized by Support for Independence but are working full-time and have dependant
children living with them
* Living within the city limits of Edmonton or Calgary.
For more information, contact Shauna Pauls in Edmonton at (780) 424-9222 or Major Emma
Compton in Calgary at (403) 220-0445.
Policy Advisor, Consumer Programs
Alberta Government Services
3rd Floor, Commerce Place
10155 - 102 Street NW
Phone (780) 422-8166
Fax: (780) 427-3033