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I believe in getting more of an AISH! Money we can live on for a decent life!

I adore having AISH, a big help for me, but it needs do be risen to help all of us! What do we have to do?

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  1. Ashley Cragg Ashley Cragg says:

    They probably would give more if the program wasn’t so severely abused by people who don’t actually need it.

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    • Deb McGale Deb McGale says:

      What is your evidence that it is being severely abused??
      Medical criteria for eligibility:
      you must have a disability that is likely to remain permanent
      your disability must be the main factor limiting your ability to earn a living, not other factors such as your education level
      AISH considers whether training, rehabilitation or medical treatment will help you to work enough to earn a living

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    • I know many people on aish who abuse it and are perfectly fine. Just have to find the right doc who doesn’t care to fill put forms and see him every 3 months so he still gets paid..

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    • Ashley Cragg Ashley Cragg says:

      I know someone on Aish who gets migraines. I get migraines. And I have a job.

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    • Yup!!!!!! I know 4 people like that

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    • Wait what? Migranes can be enough for aish???

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    • Cee Dee Hawn Cee Dee Hawn says:

      Migraines leave many hospitalized, passed out, blacked out, vomiting, double vision, incapable of walking or driving.

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    • Deb McGale Deb McGale says:

      And how many people do you know who have legitimate reasons for being on AISH.. who can not find subsidized housing ( its not everywhere ) .. the Food bank is struggling to keep the place filled..
      There are longer line ups at the food lines.. . There will always be people who abuse the situation, BUT there are people who have legitimate needs… I have worked since I was 17, paid taxes for 42 years.. and THANK my lucky stars that I have been healthy enough to do it.
      IF you know an abuser of AISH do you not have a responsibility to blow the whistle on them.. to continue to close a blind eye makes you an enabler… AND all those folks who actually need it would be better off if you did!

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    • Ashley Cragg Ashley Cragg says:

      Cee Dee Hawn I’m aware. Cause I get them. Some days it hurts to open my eyes and every little sound is like a hammer to the side of my head. Moving my head even the tiniest bit is excruciating. I’ve thrown up and passed out and had to go to emerg for a shot if pain killers. One time I passed out on a bus. Guess what? I still work. I put my big girl panties on and deal with it. I make it through the day and take pain killers and as soon as 5pm heads retreat to a dark room to sleep it off. I don’t call it a disability worthy of assistance.

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    • I know a lady on aish because she doesn’t want to work so She just keeps on having kids so she gets aish plus child subsidy and abuses the food bank too. She lies about not being with the kids father so that she can claim single.

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    • Ashley Cragg Ashley Cragg says:

      Gordana Dordic you can’t get aish for having kids. It’s for the disabled. She might have income support but not aish unless she’s faking a disability. But lying about being a single parent and taking advantage of the income support program is just as bad. A totally different issue but just as bad.

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    • Gordana Dordic she should be reported to Icome supports fraud department

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    • Its called a yes doctor find one and poof you have aish

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  2. Laura Love Laura Love says:

    I know you can work some on Aish without losing it. Do that. And then cut out what you don’t need and use coupons like the rest of us.

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  3. Noh Huan Noh Huan says:

    AISH is still more money than ive seen in years, despite working for my money.
    You’re allowed to make an income that foesnt exceed an additional $400.

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    • Taken from Wikipedia “Also, in addition to this monthly payment, a recipient can receive net employment income up to C$800 per month without his/her AISH income being affected. For families, it is up to net income of C$1,950 per month.”

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    • Noh Huan Noh Huan says:

      Huh. Better than i recollected.
      Its hard to even find part time work right now but that woulf help a lot.

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    • Suzy Lomond Suzy Lomond says:

      I guess it is too bad that you aren’t severely handicapped.

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    • Noh Huan Noh Huan says:

      They really need to rethink that name sometime. ;-__-
      I think it just goes to show why the minimum wage increase is important. The only time i have been financially stable was when i held 3 jobs and worked 80 hrs a week.

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    • Becki Pound Becki Pound says:

      The “severely” is in regards to the disability severe enough to inable a person from working fulltime… some people have such bad anxiety and depression they can’t hold a job…thats a severe disability to some. It enables them to have quality of lifestyle above the welfare system which pays substantially less than aish. People should not complain about the amount of money our government gives us. At 1588$ a month u have enough for a nice apartment, cheap buspasses provided by the city and many discount food programs to meet requirements of the low income line

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    • Noh Huan Noh Huan says:

      Oh i am down for helping those who need it. I just remember someone i used to work for get all bug eyed about the name and i had to remind him he had a good life, social network, and was more than a capable human.

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  4. You can run your Facebook account then you can find a job.

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  5. KJ McAvany KJ McAvany says:

    If you deserve more money than you deserve to have your finances transparent/assessed. How much do you spend on fast food? Weed? Other drugs? Smokes? Convenience stores ? Sephora?

    I know plenty of people who do just fine on AISH by being wise. The rest of us who want to enjoy some of these luxuries work a job or two to make it happen, and to pay taxes so that you can get your AISH. You’re welcome.

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    • That was really rude

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    • Crystal Brown true though. I can pay my rent, insurance and car payment and still have more than enough money to eat.

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    • ….yah I don’t really think you know what you’re talking about when it comes to aish. Most on aish have severe disabilities so a lot them don’t even buy their own groceries and don’t get to see the money cause they wouldn’t know how to spend it even if they did have it. However everyone should be able to live.

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    • KJ McAvany KJ McAvany says:

      I think “most” is a broad statement here. I know a lot of people on AISH who are not severely disabled.

      The point I was trying to make is simply that the money received from AISH is enough to live. Sure it may not mean the most luxurious life full of luxurious things, but it’s enough to pay your (subsidized) rent and put responsible food on the table. It may not be enough to support a shatter habit or a brand new vehicle, but you won’t die of starvation.

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    • Crystal Brown true though.

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    • Crystal Brown I think it’s rude for people to be asking for MORE FREE MONEY

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    • Your a lunatic.

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    • Socialism vs Darwinism

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    • KJ McAvany KJ McAvany says:

      Back it up. What makes me a lunatic?

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    • Deb McGale Deb McGale says:

      I suggest before you make broad statements about people on AISH you spend sometime researching it.. What the prerequisites are and what they actually get… There by the grace of god go many of us…

      Stop making bold assumptions and generalizations..

      https://www.alberta.ca/aish-eligibility.aspx
      https://www.alberta.ca/aish-what-you-get.aspx

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    • Jennye Blain Jennye Blain says:

      So 1588 per month, and rent is 1400, and how exactly does one manage that simply by being wise?
      I can pinch a penny til it bleeds, but I can’t afford to send my kids to school, or for them to have their own rooms, (boy and girl), or to pay utilities regularly, etc. And why would she think rent is subsidized? It’s not!
      I haven’t had new bras or panties since getting on AISH ten years ago, let alone non-necessities! I honestly doubt my panties will survive another period (and yes I use rags, not store-bought pads), so the insult here is just phenomenal.

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    • But you can afford a cell phone or computer and internet to be on here?????

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    • Jennye Blain Jennye Blain says:

      Kristy-Lee Abernethy, I have Internet because I can’t afford to send my kids to school, but the home school board supplied a computer and basic Internet cost.

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    • Rob Howse Rob Howse says:

      KJ for the win

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    • KJ McAvany you are very right ! i couldn’t agree more ! they get everything they need to cover their stuff (and those saying rent is $1400 get a subsidy we all know you qualify) people on aish have received more money monthly then i have made while working and a good chunk just bitch and complain “it’s not enough”. to that i say, at least you have guaranteed income, and it’s better then $1000 a month ! you think $1588 is difficult to live off of ?!? i was lucky to bring home $1000 after taxes and i managed !! and to the whole school thing again dude, no school can legally turn away a child for education because their parents can’t afford the costs !! it can be significantly more expensive to home school because you have to actually buy all the course work instead of the school supplying it !

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    • MC Elliott you are living in a dream world. In my line of work I come across MANY AISH recipients spending their money on booze, and drugs. I see it, I walk into their homes and SEE the misuse of government funds.
      Don’t think just bc its government funded people are not abusing the systems. It’s something that cannot be monitored closely given the sheer numbers of people on assistance.

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    • KJ McAvany KJ McAvany says:

      I want to make it clear that my statements were not blanket statements. I am by no means judging people who are on AISH either. My point was simply that if you are given x amount of dollars to live every month it is up to you to make the right choices to make that happen. The same way I budget with the paycheques that I earn. Would I like to earn more? Sure. But I have to do what I can with what I have. Most people on AISH also qualify for other things- medical coverage, housing subsidies, etc. These are all things that as a middle class worker I do not have access to without paying.

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    • AISH pays pretty good for FREE MONEY! Stop complaining! Could be worse you could still be on welfare!

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    • Could be even worse… you could have to work with your disability! Like I have to…. chronic back pain! Chronic knee pain! Anxiety! Depression! Migraines! Feeling faint!! Yup I gotta work with all that happening to me…. so complain some fuckin more!!! Smdh!

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    • Jennye Blain Jennye Blain says:

      Natalie A Chesser, if you have legitimate disabilities, then maybe you should apply for AISH, instead of complaining that you are forced to work with the severe disabilities you are describing.

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    • Lol I chose to work because I want/need more money! Smdh!! I kinda have to! There’s people in wheelchairs who are employed lol if they can do it so can I!

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    • Plus it’s easier just getting a damn job lol

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    • All I’m sayin is don’t complain about FREE money that’s given to you…. for whatever reason it’s given to you……complaining makes you sound ungrateful! How does homeless sound geezes!

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    • That’s rude some people have worked 20 years or more and get struck with illness that has already worked for their own Aish. Why do you think we all get subsided house some of us have struggled to keep living in our homes that we have worked hard for why should we beable today go out for dinner once in awhile, a movie . You know alot of people on Aish you say what do you meet them on the street. Most people on Aish need it and it hadn’t been a free ride on your dollar as you put it. Most worked longer then you have been on this earth.you should be thankful that illness or accident hasnt hit you and you are able to go work KJ mcAvany. If you haven’t been in the situation you really shouldn’t have an opinion

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  6. AISH and EI are not the same thing guys.

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    • Karla Mackay Karla Mackay says:

      Exactly. “Assured Income for the Severley Handicapped” Alot different than “Employment Insurance” lol. Its a little hard for people to abuse the AISH system when they have to actually provide doctors notes etc to even be considered for it. EI, people just have to pretend to be looking for work and will still collect a cheque.

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  7. With minimum wage going up.. the cost of things will go up.. people on fixed incomes will be hurt the most. Hopefully AISH, and other income programs will adjust. In the mean time look for ways to be frugal. Eat less meat, don’t drink coffee (tea is way cheaper).. don’t drink pop, etc..

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    • Jennye Blain Jennye Blain says:

      We already don’t eat meat, and vegetables we save for the kids, and coffee/tea/pop? What’s that? I haven’t tasted anything but water and carbs for years!

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  8. My total monthly expenses are about 60bucks more than what AISH pays out. I doubt you have a motorcycle payment, car payment, insurance on both and a 200 dollars a month cell phone bill. If I had a normal, cell phone bill and no vehicles I could easily live off what the payment outs are. Read up on money management. It’s to allow you to survive, not live an extravagant life.

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  9. You want a decent life get off of AISH and get a job. So many of us struggle to pay stupid outrageous taxes for some people to abuse AISH. I fully agree some people need AISH and also feel so many abuse the system.

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  10. My father had alziemers and only got 660. a month.

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  11. Don’t get new pets.

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  12. Single male on aish gets 1588.

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    • Ash Praka Ash Praka says:

      Wow! And here I am working like a sucker. How do I apply for aish?

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    • Sharon Swan Sharon Swan says:

      most people that are on AISH have a disability of some sort

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    • Deb McGale Deb McGale says:

      Medical criteria
      you must have a disability that is likely to remain permanent
      your disability must be the main factor limiting your ability to earn a living, not other factors such as your education level
      AISH considers whether training, rehabilitation or medical treatment will help you to work enough to earn a living

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    • I’d give anything to be able to work, I hate being on Aish. You’ll get into an accident and you won’t be able to walk and forced on Aish, you won’t be asking how to get on Aish.

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    • Sharon Swan Sharon Swan says:

      Deb McGale this is true .. a friend of mine is on AISH and he is on oxygen full time .. struggling to breathe everyday …cannot work … we have COPD .. no cure for us …

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    • Liz Dubray Liz Dubray says:

      Unfortunately there is a lot of negative backlash that comes with being on AISH or any kind of income support program. These programs are abused by so many people, it’s not fair. I know A young lady, for example, she is on AISH and she is 100% fully capable of working full time and has no physical disability or anything at all! She is constantly go out to movies and having company over for bbq and drinks, etc. She has the latest iPhone, electronics out her ass and it is all paid for by our working dollar. It’s people like her that cause extreme skepticism and hate towards people who are on income support. Just saying. More people take advantage than not and it is no fair. Yet we all complain about it, but not to the right people.

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    • Jennye Blain Jennye Blain says:

      Do you even know what AISH is? Dumbass.

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    • Deb McGale Deb McGale says:

      Medical criteria
      you must have a disability that is likely to remain permanent
      your disability must be the main factor limiting your ability to earn a living, not other factors such as your education level
      AISH considers whether training, rehabilitation or medical treatment will help you to work enough to earn a living

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    • Deb McGale Deb McGale says:

      there by the grace of god go many of us!

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    • Yes I do know what a ish is. I also know there are a lot of people who like to abuse the system. You are able to work while on aish to supplement what the government gives. Rather than taking every handout maybe try and help yourself like the rest of us who get up and go to work every day to make ends meet.

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    • Deb McGale Deb McGale says:

      I have worked every day since I was 17 .. no one has ever given me anything… I KNOW people who actually NEED AISH … and I would not change spots with them in a million years… You can not LABEL all people on AISH as abusers.. Fix the process instead of condemning people who need it.

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    • Deb McGale Deb McGale says:

      Jennye…. intelligent conversation doesnt require name calling.

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    • I would be interested in the statistics of those who use aish and how many actually need it. It’s the same as any other government benefit. If they did more investigating into those who actually require these things maybe they could offer more to those who need it

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    • Deb McGale Deb McGale says:

      of course those statistics will never be found…
      AISH there are very specific requirements :
      https://www.alberta.ca/aish-eligibility.aspx

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    • Lennea Blanchard I work in a medical clinic and its very hard to get someone on aish who needs it the process is long and they do a ton of investigating before being approved (they look at all your accounts, assests and need a ton of support letters from your family doctor and specialist) and half the time they get denied and we have to appeal it for them

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    • I was just about to mention how hard it is to get on AISH. My brother is very disabled – bed ridden the majority of the year, chronic pain, unable to walk and it took him almost 2 years to actually get on AISH. Obviously he cant just “work”.

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    • Those are cases where they need the funding. I know multiple cases where it is just epilepsy that can be controlled and the person chooses to work. Or Lyme disease which the person has no symptoms and chooses not to work. Perhaps it’s the system itself that is flawed

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    • Rachel Hart Rachel Hart says:

      Not everyone on AISH is able to work there are some people that are not allowed to work as their doctors have told them they can’t. I do agree that some people abuse the system but you can’t judge all by the actions of some.

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  13. Sharon Swan Sharon Swan says:

    well I would like to say what about the seniors that can no longer work due to a disability … not sure how the government expects a senior to live off their OAP and CPP with these high rents …

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    • I totally agree that our senior citizens are not taken care of like they should be. They should be getting alot more money than someone who is young and just doesn’t want to work

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    • Sharon Swan Sharon Swan says:

      Lori Cvijetić when I was working years ago .. you did not have jobs that gave you pensions when you retired or quit … most companies did not offer this … except for government jobs .. but more and more are doing so now union jobs .. I never got to work for a company that offered this until it was my last 6 years of being able to work so I doubled up on my pension contributions so I would have something when I turned 65 ..and glad I did as every little bit helps …

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    • AISH gets way more money then seniors on OAP and CPP, I have to work part time to cover the expenses of my home. I have no choice, and there is not a dam thing I can do about it. Just be thankful you are getting AISH, you could be worse off like our homeless.

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    • Sharon Swan Sharon Swan says:

      Ramona Holman Puchalsky oh I don’t get AISH .. I was just commenting on what they are getting as to what the OAS and CPP retired people get like me .. and have to make due with our money .. and its not easy

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    • It is almost impossible for seniors to make ends meet on the money they get. Refugees get double what seniors get per month.

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  14. Jennye Blain Jennye Blain says:

    I am also on AISH, and am sorry for all the ignorance and hate here – it blows my mind that there are those who think it’s enough to pay rent and utilities, let alone food and medications that aren’t covered, clothes, etc.
    It is horribly hard to get on AISH, and they will not tell you anything you are covered for, which is extremely frustrating.
    My kids can’t even afford to go to school because we live on AISH, and those acting as if it’s enough to live on or “free money” (excuse me, but I paid my taxes right up until the accident that put us on AISH) are not only ignorant, but evil.
    I don’t know anyone on AISH who can afford groceries, and for those who have families, it is impossible.
    It is truly disgusting to see Canadians so ignorant and hateful. 🙁
    I hope we do get an increase soon, but even more, I hope these asshats learn to stop being so evil. It’s hard enough being handicapped, and it’s probably much easier for abusers to take advantage of AISH than it is for those of us who need it, as there is so much red tape to deal with, but this abuse of the disabled is shameful.

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    • You keep saying you can’t afford to send your kids to school. Where is all the child tax, gst, etc money going to???

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    • Jennye Blain Jennye Blain says:

      Heather Hornsby, we get 1788 from AISH, YOU DO THE MATH.

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    • I don’t understand that I’m on Aish and my kids go to school

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    • Angie Dery Angie Dery says:

      AISH gives a child supplement for school expenses on your August cheque when they are in school up til the age they turn 18. $50 for Kindergarten, $100 Gr 1-6 and $165 Gr 7-12.

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    • Yeh, I was wondering the same thing. I mean absolutely no disrespect. Just curious. What are the costs keeping you from enrolling them in school? I’ve worked as a teacher at 3 different Edmonton Public Schools and if you are unable to pay the school fees, lunch fees etc. they have all been willing to work out a payment plan or waive the fees all together if you speak to the principal and explain your situation. Schools can also supply school supplies and to be honest, even field trip costs. Is the issue bussing?

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    • Why can your kids not go to school? Don’t just say cause aish is this much. You get cctb right? Why don’t your kids go to school?

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    • I do not pay fees for my child, but I went to speak to them. They will never deny an education? I am confused.

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    • If your kid is in high school the expense is enormous

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    • What about child tax you get that monthly more then enough for school. Every child deserves to attend school for their social development. Find a school you can walk to no bus fares.

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  15. You should have enough even your perscriptions are paid for, most of them anyways. Some generic ones arnt covered but 97% is, you should have enough with the xtra 400 you can work for. Where as ppl that work usually have to pay for alot of the cost or some of the cost of perscriptions.

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    • Nikki Hanson Nikki Hanson says:

      And if you’re on meds going to shoppers for it actually gives you free money via optimum points for food toiletries ect I have more than once used those points on long months that hve 5 weeks between checks. There’s ways to cut costs and still do it all I agree

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    • One of my prescriptions was $1600 a month. Not to mention the other meds I take. They dont cover as much as u think. To have those meds I had to apply for coverage from the drug company not aish.

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  16. Jennye Blain Jennye Blain says:

    If you’re on AISH, you can’t work. Do you even know what AISH is? Dumbass

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  17. Deb McGale Deb McGale says:

    Medical criteria
    you must have a disability that is likely to remain permanent
    your disability must be the main factor limiting your ability to earn a living, not other factors such as your education level
    AISH considers whether training, rehabilitation or medical treatment will help you to work enough to earn a living

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  18. Randi May Randi May says:

    Of course you “adore” having Aish you twit you don’t have to work like the rest of us. Get a part time job for extra income (up to $400 a month I believe before they start docking) then come back and ask for a “raise”. Sincerely, somebody who “could” be on Aish but would rather work for my dollar while I can.

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  19. Jennye Blain hey dumbass, lots of people abuse the system, I bet your one of them.. get a job and PAY TAXES like the rest of us, were tired of carrying your fake deadbeat asses!

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  20. I know a guy who was smart enough to get into Capital Housing and he pays 275.00 a month rent. Lots of money left over for food and his tiny electric bill. People kept telling him not to bother because the wait list was a year or two, he got one in three months. Good thing he doesn’t listen to people.

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    • Shelley Lohr Shelley Lohr says:

      He got one in 3 months ive been waiting 2years now…im sure its due to my s.w.f.n.k.w.m.d. issue been on AISH for almost 2 years paying full rent making payment arrangements on utilities monthly food bank every 2 months eatong meat is a dream….what was his secret to capital housing

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    • No secret, he just made sure his application was in.

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    • Shelley Lohr do you follow up with them and update and changes? Sometime the loader you are helps lol

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    • Lisa Hacker Lisa Hacker says:

      Depending on the disability can take longer or shorter. My mom was waiting for over 3 yrs and is moving into her own place mid Sept only reason sge got it now is cause her knees are so bad she can’t do the stairs where I live sp they put her on priority list after 3 yrs and 3 months of being on the regular list.

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    • Lisa Hacker Lisa Hacker says:

      She had to get her knee specialist to wrote a note saying she can’t walk all those stairs anymore.

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  21. I make far less working than someone on AISH & I have a mortgage to pay .. stop overspending & budget your money better.

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  22. Cee Dee Hawn Cee Dee Hawn says:

    Good luck. I agree, we also need to make it more available and have different levels available. Encourage volunteering, casual employment. Stop treating tax payers like parasites for suffering. Often AISH recipients worked decades in normal, healthy lives only to have them stolen by diseases and accidents. It’s crazy how you pay to create these programs and get spit on when you use the very program you paid to create.

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    • Jennye Blain Jennye Blain says:

      Thank you! We never imagined we’d be on AISH 10 years ago, my hubby made over 6000/month and we had two toddlers! Two funerals (my mom and stepmother, our only support) after the accident ate up all our savings, and we’ve been on AISH ever since.
      We paid plenty into it, but are treated like scum for using it, despite doing all we can to still contribute to society! 🙁

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    • Cee Dee Hawn Cee Dee Hawn says:

      I’m so sorry for you! It’s horribly common, it’s why AISH exists. You shouldn’t have to starve, walk or become a hermit for paying taxes for decades.

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  23. Tony johansen says:

    Im fine with people needing help. But there could be checks and balances in place to weed out the abusers. Maybe have a piss test and those who fail are givena choice. Stop the habits or lose aish. Easy as that. That piss test should also go for those on welfare!

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  24. Be thankful some of is live on less than aish

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  25. people on aish have been getting more money then i have for years !! how is it not affordable !!? try living off of min wage instead !!

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  26. Regardless what their life styles are .. 1588/month is not enough to live on…. U can not find a place lower then 1000/mnth for rent then u take into consideration food, utilities, insurance. If the person receiving is living at home and paying room and board fine.. but people out on their own or even with dependents can not possible live on 1588/mnth

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    • KJ McAvany KJ McAvany says:

      $1588 a month. Plus medical coverage. Plus potential subsidies. Child tax and such if they have kids. Access to other resources. It’s definitely possible. See Nikki’s post above about how she manages.

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    • You’re correct. Figure it out. It’s approximately $4.00/day.

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    • Exactly! Id like to see these people who come up with these #’s live off that amt. Guarantee things would change!

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    • Nikki Hanson Nikki Hanson says:

      I DO IT !!! I also have a therapy dog pay for my non gluten diet , wifi cell phone and 1150$ rent !!!

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    • Lisa Hacker Lisa Hacker says:

      I just moved last yr from a 2bedroom apt that was $795 a month on the northside. I still have a friend that lives there so yes there is housing that cheap and it was regular rent not subsidized. Woth a 2 bedroom a person could also get a roommate to split the costs……it’s doable and those apts are available across the city just have to continuously look until one becomes available

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  27. Get a job to supplement

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  28. You know what pisses me off? Last summer i worked at a store and every time i took the garbage out back, i could hear laughing and the smell of bbq . These people are all on income assistance of some kind. Drinking and partying (not watching your kids) me here working my ass off to pay taxes for you to party and bbq all summer long. It makes me sick. So no you dont deserve more money, i do.

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  29. Brian Butts Brian Butts says:

    I honestly don’t know what AISH is. (I would have to google it).
    But, as a taxpayer……
    I bet I’m paying for it.

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  30. Dawn Neufeld Dawn Neufeld says:

    The reason people are in a uproar and having their opinions is because in all honesty there is many resources out there that help people and if you have children you get way more help……for instance there is low income housing which is based on what you make. So the lady saying she pays 1400 a month is crazy because I see lots of places for way under that with being subsidized. Second child children will never get refused schooling it’s against the law for children not to go to school. So yes there will be help. Also when your on aish you can work unless your deemed incapable. But really at the end of the day people including myself get upset or frustrated seeing posts like this when we work our butts off to make just as much as people getting government funding.

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  31. Sai Styles Sai Styles says:

    Seriously!I knew people on wish in Edmonton that get 1688 wtf people on disability in vancouver get 8-900$. Average folk only get 235$ a month to live on.that’s fucking less than th 255$ a Month people get to live on reservation.so do try say awwww I can’t live on nearly two grand a month…

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  32. You can earn up to $800 on top of your AISH income before it is deducted from your monthly amount.
    However, if someone is on AISH, there may be barriers that prevent them from getting paid employment. Not all employers are willing to hire someone with a disability because they believe it will be too much “trouble”. Whether this is true or not, it’s a fact of life for many people who are on AISH. I work with people with developmental disabilities, and some are not able to handle employment. That doesn’t mean they don’t deserve the same quality of life as the rest of us who are gainfully employed. If someone is earning AISH, quite frequently it’s because they CANT work, not because they’ve chosen this way of life. I see it first hand, and it’s sad to see people struggling who have no other choice.

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    • There is a place called Employability’s for people seeking work skills or work with disabilities! Put something into society even if your limited in ways no one understands but you…. I know one that gets AISH and Is shacked up with out reporting his income, have two vehicles and a Harley, cell phones with data, cable, internet and vacation once a year for two weeks! Some scam and live better then us full time working people who struggle to find work and personal life balance.

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    • Theressa Blundell where do you go to investigate whether or not employability would be the place to help with one’s specific needs?

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    • Theressa Blundell where do you go to investigate whether or not employability would be the place to help with one’s specific needs?

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  33. People who work cry about the same thing! So who should get more money??? Hmmmmm wow!! There are things you can do for extra money! I know they allow you to make a certain amount!

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  34. Liz Dubray Liz Dubray says:

    Obviously you need a reality check! AISH is Assured Income for the SEVERELY HANDICAPPED!!!! Not money to provide a lavish lifestyle! I know A LOT of people that are on AISH who do not need it. If you really need more money from the government, prove that you do! Are your bills paid? Is there food I. Your fridge? A roof over your head? Toilet paper to wipe your entitled ass with? AISH is a resource to help support those who need it. Not provide a way of life! This is a resource that is abused by way too many people. AISH should be for the elderly. People who can’t walk, people with lost limbs or schizophrenia, etc. an actual handicap! There are many other resources available too! Wecan food service. You get 3 cuts of meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, etc. There are many external resources aside from having everything handed to you by the government and the taxpayers working hard to provide that AISH cheque for you!!!!!

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    • Georgina Fidler ,your full of crap.Some ofvus may look like can work but cant because mental or physical disabilitys.I have scolioses of my spine and have had majior surgery with steel rods in my back.I also have severe depression that meds help with.Its not as easy as u all think to get on AISH as you think it is.I needed more than a doctors note.I need letters from my heart specialist,phycitrist and my surgen who did my back.Its easyvto welfare but as easy to get AISH.

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    • Liz Dubray Liz Dubray says:

      Ummmm! Excuse you!!!! Who the hell are you to say who is full of crap or not? We are all entitled to our own personal opinions and the freedoms to express as such!!!! She never said ALL people on assistance! This forum is certainly NOT centered around you! Take your banter somewhere else and respect others opinions!!!!!

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    • Randy Mccallum All I said I know some people that shouldn’t be on it , they abuse the system , people that need it should get it and I didn’t say anything about you , I don’t freakin know you so I wasn’t talking about you , There’s always some that’ll abuse it ,

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  35. And the Dr.s that write the false medical notes should be fined as well. They get paid to write it and don’t give too shits if it’s a scam.

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  36. Rhon Magyar Rhon Magyar says:

    Get a fucking job. If you can sit on Facebook you can find work

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    • Nicole Maher Nicole Maher says:

      So ignorant. How do you get through life being this stupid. Do you even know what disability means? How about severely handicapped? Or unable to work? You should get some fucking empathy and hope you never have to apply to a disability program because of major illness or a severe accident. If you do, I hope you’re denied as most are when they apply the first time. The second time with appeals is even more grueling and intrusive into your life and medical history, and you’re likely still not to be approved, and in this case I hope you are never approved if you need it.

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    • Rhon Magyar Rhon Magyar says:

      Ya so ignorant. I know a blind man who works and two friends who have CP who both work so stuff it.

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  37. These last five years have been horrible for my family. We have lost everyone except my mother. Because of that I wanted my mother to come stay closer to us.(she is provinces away)She has a lot of health issue however I thought she would qualify easily for AISH and would be near some of the best medical professionals around. Its hard getting on AISH…a lot harder then people would think. Everyone is denied first time applying. If you have cancer its not a shoo-in because its consider a disease where there is a possibility of being cured.Funny thing while waiting for paperwork to be looked over for approval or being denied a person can and do die.

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  38. I’m so tired of people whine and complain about being on aish. Just be glad you are getting what you are getting. You know what I do when I can’t afford something? I don’t do it! I don’t buy it! What did people antes years ago when all these government programs weren’t around? They did what they had to do. There are senior citizens that can’t barely afford to live on what the government gives them. And that money they worked years for and contributed to.

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  39. Wendy Booth Wendy Booth says:

    How I wish I could work to supplement what the government gives me…..I only wish I received AISH. How dare some of you say ‘get out and get a job’, ‘you sit at home and do nothing’. THAT’S BECAUSE I CAN’T DO ANYTHING. Look up fibromyalgia or chronic pain or ulcerative colitis or osteoarthritis. But only if your self-righteousness doesn’t get in the way. Most comments are from young people or millenials who expect everything is given to them on the proverbial silver platter. Have a nice day, because with the attitude you have I doubt you have very many of them. BTW, not that you care, I’m old enough to be your grandmother.

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  40. Chase Fedina Chase Fedina says:

    Keep the allotted money fixed, and make it tougher to get. I dont mind helping those who are actually handicapped, but I personally people who could work but are abusing the system.

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  41. Its budgeting for what you need. Forget about what you want.

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    • Nicole Maher Nicole Maher says:

      That’s right cause disabled people don’t deserve to have any wants or dreams or savings. They should only get plain bread and water and a one room shack to live in if they’re lucky. They’re the scum of the earth! I mean how dare they be disabled and unable to work! They should all be ashamed and shamed by everyone all the time….oh ya, they already are.

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    • Excuse me I’m on aish. I can’t always get what I want. So I have to budget for what I need most of the time. I don’t expect more and I don’t expect luxury items. So give me a break.

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  42. Leanne Mckay Leanne Mckay says:

    Just so you know, A single person on AISH, is able to earn up to $800 over and above AISH. A recipient with dependants can earn even more before it impacts AISH. A recipient could even work a FT/PT job (if able)and if he/she earns more than the $800, AISH just adjusts the payment to accommodate the extra earnings. If paid employment is not possible, contact homeward trust for assistance finding more affordable housing or inquire about a housing subsidy. No one has it easy anymore and living within one’s means is difficult to do. There are alot of resources within the city but it sometimes takes time to access them.

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  43. Alberta is the only province that offers this to people with “severe disabilities,” and every single person I know of(including family members) that receive this are all capable of doing what the “man with a retracted arm” at the grocery store does,” or the “ol senior” working security, oh, and how about the “people with “downs” working to bus tables? Ffs!!! So before you go asking for more $, how about you, and the useless people that suck that part of the system try working 4 hours a day picking up garbage, or find some other means of contribution, and then ask for a raise!!!

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  44. seriously? more on aish…….. 1600 a month isnt enough, coupled with subsidies, free access to city of edmontion facilities, free bus passes, free prescriptions, you can work part time and earn 800 a month before they deduct a dime? i know a guy on aish and he works full time.still gets 500 a month aish and the benefits above. aish stands for ASSURED INCOME FOR THE SEVERELY HANDICAPPED. not alot of severely handicapped people can work, even part time. tell ya what, instead of focusing that energy on creating petitions, how bout you go work part time???? better yet, tell us all how we can get on asih?

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  45. Shane Somani Shane Somani says:

    I could be on aish because of a disability I suffer from but I don’t feel like I need it. I do know a lot of people on aish and some who are able to afford an apartment an such because they’re good at managing money?

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  46. Nicole Maher Nicole Maher says:

    If you’re disabled or on AISH, you are destined to live as a poor person, below the poverty line FOREVER!! Nothing will get better, you will never have anything more than you do now. There is no hope of having a better life one day. There’s been no real cost of living increase in decades. If you have a child, you get $100 a month to feed, and clothe and put a roof over the child’s head and cover their expenses. You can’t have money in savings or rrsp’s. You can make a bit extra on the side each month, IF you’re able to find a job you can do physically and that will allow you to go to dr appointments or to miss work if you aren’t well enough to go in.

    You all are acting like a person who is disabled has a choice to work or not…like those on financial assistance (Alberta works) do. That you work everyday so you should get to have luxuries, but a disabled person doesn’t deserve to be happy once in a while? They should only get what they need and have no wants in life?? Never take the kids on any type of vacation, that’s for sure. (I’m not talking Disneyland, maybe a weekend camping trip? Nope. They should be poor and miserable. Well to someone on AISH, just buying food or paying the utility bills is a damn luxury. Don’t you people get it? You are so ignorant and closed minded that you lump disabled people into a ball with people who don’t want to work or who are lazy. I’m sure many many disabled people on aish would love to be able to get up and go to work just like you get to, BUT THEY CANT!!! It has nothing to do with whether they want to. You all sit here and speak with so much privilege and ignorance. How disgusting and shameful. I can only hope that you will not find yourself disabled one day and in need of AISH cause you will have a huge eye opening experience. It is not easy to get on Aish, most are denied, and it takes months or even years before you hear back from them. I’m sure there are some asshats that work the system, but 95% need Aish supports for real. Nobody wants to be on Aish and be poor and destitute for the rest of their lives. They’re on it cause there’s no other options for them. And you and the government stick it to them further by making them live in poverty and shame them for being on disability. You say “eat less meat, drink more water, buy less coffee, live in Edmonton housing”.

    I’d like to see some of you do that for 6+months, come off your pedestals, with no personal bank account for back up, you get only what a person on aish would get. You’re not allowed any savings or money in the bank. For 6 months provide for yourself and 2 kids. See how you like living in low income housing (with all the riff raff who don’t want to work and are dealing drugs instead and sitting on Alberta works getting drunk all the time and passing out or puking on your doorstep at 3am), drink only water 24/7, cheap sugar cereal for 2 meals a day and maybe some ichiban or Mac n cheese (if you can afford milk) 7 days a week and don’t even think of getting a coffee once in a while or eating healthy, that’s a luxury! Add in being home bound and unable to go out, not just from being disabled but because you can’t afford bus tickets/gas or the money it costs to go to anything (even the free stuff). Explain to your kids that they can’t do the things their friends do or go on school field trips because your disabled and can’t afford it. Start getting daily calls from utility companies cause you can’t keep up, only to find out they’ve disconnected you over a $200 balance and to reconnect it’ll be a fee of nearly $200 on top of paying off the bill. So now you don’t have hot water. Next month they’ll prob shut off your electricity too. You can’t ask for help with utilities more than once in the entire time you’re on aish (which is for life) So if you needed help with utilities 7 years ago, and now you need help again, you don’t get it. You lose everything being on disability. I’m not just talking about material possessions, but yes you lose those too, you also lose your dignity, your hope and any dreams you may have had. Ya. This all sounds like great fun to be on aish. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Given a choice I don’t know anyone who would stay on aish, these are not lazy people, they are disabled people. And you people are ignorant. This world is going down hill when our disabled live below the poverty line and have to choose between food or utilities. To sit at home and say “get a fucking job” to a disabled person is a real fine example of a horrible human being. Karma can suck, and you deserve a ton of bad karma to come your way. Better hope that when it bites you it doesn’t leave you disabled and unable to work or provide for your family. You’ll be screaming a different tune than I guarantee it. I’m shaking my head in frustration and disgust edmontonians and albertans. You should be doing better by our elderly and disabled persons.

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  47. Wow all I can say is “Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes”

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  48. get a fucking job and stop making us tax payers who work 2 or 3 jobs pay for your lazy ass sitting at home and yet you still want more money…get the fuck outta here…seriously

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  49. Most people who are on Aish that have worked aren’t covered by Aish your disability pension gives most of your benifit and aish tops of the Benifit. Now to put things in perspective. I received $1500 a month with two kids and me rent is $1200. Now with the $550 I get for child tax thats still tight. Also I had to submit bank records twice a year and my taxes so yes the use my money was very transparent. And yes I could put my name on a long as wait list for subsidy but it could be year to find a house or condo with three bedrooms. But I have thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone posts about what quality of life I should have. There are people that abuse the system but there a also genuinely disabled people out there and sadly your lack of humanity is sad

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  50. Would be nice to help the people on AISH need more income with everything from milk , good food healthy food is to hard for them to buy plus cable TV it goes my Mother is on aish and her cable bill is usually under 200 $ , which she needs but we’re looking @ other options for her but I see her struggling there month to month it should not be like theses please prime minister of Canada or MLA s need to do more action less BS thank you for letting me vent !

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  51. I think AISH should have their own Dr.s like WCB and put people through a physical and mental evaluation and then AISH could have different levels of benefits based on the applicants disabilities! I don’t believe every person on AISH is unable to work different limitations I believe. I’m not saying all exaggerate their disability but there are some that do!

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  52. Tyler Smyth Tyler Smyth says:

    The anger and ignorance in this thread is astonishing and shamefull. Alot should be embarrassed of themselves and outlook towards humanity.
    Luckily none of your words mean anything as the majority here are just angry with themselves and need something to lash out on. Don’t blame the poor for your problems blame the rich……

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  53. Terry Curtis Terry Curtis says:

    Well min wage is 12.75 x40hrs per week x 4 week=$2040 gross minus 17% tax and cpp/ie equals $1694 per month
    People working drawing min wage make $100 more than AISH …….they have to make it

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    • Seriously though!!!! This is so correct, I work what I am allowed which in 44 hrs, no OT. I bring home $849.00 per 2 weeks. I don’t make much more than aish and I make it work.

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  54. I have m.d i cannot stand for long hours l lose my balance, i get tired and i have to sleep most of the day.i work walmart parttime, Not all of our disabilities can be seen on the outside. I have a husband who works part time and is also on aish he has epilepsy . We get by on what we need. many of you think we having bbqs and throwing parties? All the hate i see from people that dont understand where we are coming from, take a walk in my shoes or anyone else’s shoes and see if you live with my disabilty or theirs for that matter. And some of you are complaining cause we are getting aish. There are some that live outside their means so no i dont support you getting more money. and no neither of us smoke weed or do any other drugs, my husband is a recovering addict, we dont smoke and we dont do convenience stores.

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  55. How much are people receiving now?

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  56. Leslie White Leslie White says:

    I agree aish needs to be raised i am also on it and most of my cheque goes to my rent,thank god i have a job that pays good but what about the people that don’t

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  57. Leslie White Leslie White says:

    Kj mcavany that was very rude and i as someone who needs aish does not appreciate it

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