Calgary Legal Guidance

Social Benefits

Social Benefits Assistance Program

CLG’s Social Benefits Advocacy Program (SBAP)  offers information, advice and guidance to those facing challenges with the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) Program. We can help with many issues including benefit denials, cut-offs and assessed overpayments. We may even be able to represent you at appeal.


CLG staff lawyers and advocates may be able to help you with your legal problem if:

You cannot afford a lawyer, and

You do not qualify for Legal Aid Alberta

As a client focused organization, CLG provides free, confidential, legal representation, information, advice and advocacy to individuals in a positive, inclusive and supportive environment.

Our Social Benefits Program can assist clients with:

Keeping existing AISH benefits

Increasing your AISH benefit amount

Appealing an AISH benefit denial decision or change in benefits

Obtaining medical documentation

Preparing for an appeal hearing

Understanding AISH legislation, regulation and policies

Connecting with community supports

CLG provides many services to individuals who meet our financial guidelines.

Here are some of the ways we can help you:

Provide you with information about your rights and next steps

Explain how to apply for AISH benefits or how to appeal a decision

Help you appeal if your application for AISH benefits was rejected/denied

Provide guidance for representing yourself at an AISH appeal

Provide representation at appeal in some cases

Connect you to other community support organizations that can help

Please call our office for more information on our services and how we can help meet your needs.

Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)

AISH is financial assistance from the Alberta government for people who are 18 years or older and who have a permanent disability that, for the most part, limits their ability to earn a living.

AISH Appeals

 If you applied for and were denied AISH benefits, we may be able to help you with your appeal. We may be able to obtain medical documents from your doctor and even attend your appeal hearing with you in some cases. Our specialized team can help  you understand how AISH works and what options are available to move forward. 

Coming Soon: Q&A on the AISH Process

More Information

SBAP can help support and guide you in dealing with the following social benefit programs:

Adult/Child Health Benefit

Income Support (Alberta Works)

Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)

To access support or information on the Social Benefits Advocacy Program, please call (403) 716-6479

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