Social Well-Being Tracker

Our social well-being indicators are based on social determinants of health. These indicators are the economic and social conditions that shape the health of individuals and communities. Social determinants of health also determine the extent to which a person possesses the physical, social, and personal resources to identify and achieve personal aspirations, satisfy needs, and cope with the environment. Social determinants of health are about the quantity and quality of a variety of resources that society makes available to its members. Important considerations include both the quality and their distribution amongst the population. 1

BDGovernment Transfers

BD4Maximum Monthly AISH Benefit PaymentsAlberta

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Government Transfers. Government income supports (also known as income transfers), as well as other social programs and services, play an important role in the prevention of poverty.

For many people, hard work is not enough to break the cycle of poverty. Barriers to accessing well-paid employment include: limited English language proficiency, lower education completion, unrecognized international credentials, social isolation, limited access to child care, conflicting work and family responsibilities, and even the difficulties of navigating government programs. These barriers disproportionately affect visible minority groups (particularly newcomers), Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and lone-parent women.

  • The real value of the maximum monthly AISH benefit increased by 34% between 2000 and 2020.
  • In April 2012, there was an increase of $400 to AISH benefits, however, the real value of the monthly AISH benefit then declined 9.5% by 2018. There was a small increase in 2019, with a monthly benefit of $1,685.
  • In October of 2019, the provincial government announced that AISH would no longer be indexed to the price of inflation. AISH will thus remain at $1,685 until at least 2023. [2019 Alberta Budget]

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