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Alberta has several income support programs for people with varying needs that are divided into several client sub-types. http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/AWonline/IS/4806.html
There is a complex matrix of subgroups within sub-types. If you qualify for the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped, (AISH), the living allowance is up to $1,588. One of the provisions is to apply for CPP-D which would be clawed back if successful.
If turned down for AISH, there are other sub-types with housing and core funding available if you qualify such as sub-types 42-47 under Barriers to Full Employment. The amounts vary according to your sub-type and situation and for a single individual it is less than $1,000.
Many Albertans eligible for Income Support also receive health benefits, and job training. In addition, you can apply for an emergency allowance if needed.
Links to get started:
Income support: http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/financial-support/689.html
Disability services: http://www.alberta.ca/disability-services.cfm
Client sub-type Barriers to Full Employment:
Travel Assistance: (see Territories for NWT)
Alberta does not have a universal travel assistance program for those travelling to receive medical services. Cancer Patients can apply for some assistance through the Canadian Cancer Society (below).
Medication Coverage Programs:
Alberta provides Supplementary Health Benefit Plans for the severely disabled, those receiving income support and low income residents.
Canadian Cancer Society
Canadian Cancer Society Financial Assistance Program for Alberta and NWT helps provide travel subsidies for those with cancer, travel, accommodation and assistance with escort/support person.
Information about cancer lodges in Alberta:
Kidney Foundation Resources: