Dealing with finances can put a lot of added stress on those planning final arrangements. In order to help make sense of the options available to you, we are pleased to provide helpful links and contact information for a variety of financial and estate related assistance.
Government of Alberta -Income Support or AISH (financial assistance for funeral costs)
Funeral benefits are available to eligible members of an AISH household, an Income Support household, or other low income Albertans when the estate of the deceased individual and any responsible survivor (spouse or partner, parent of a dependent child, or sponsor of a sponsored immigrant) of the deceased individual are insufficient to cover funeral expenses.
expenses related to the burial or cremation and funeral of the deceased individual in Alberta; or
expenses related to transporting the deceased individual to another province of Canada for burial or cremation outside of Alberta.
The rates for a burial or cremation in Alberta are:
the actual cost up to a maximum of $4,000 for cremation and funeral when the remains are not placed in a cemetery; or
the actual cost up to a maximum of $6,000 for cremation or burial when the remains are placed in a cemetery. The rates for transportation to another province or territory for burial or cremation outside of Alberta are:
the actual cost of preparing the remains, and the actual reasonable cost of transporting the remains to another Canadian province or territory.
In exceptional and necessary circumstances where the maximum benefit rate is insufficient, additional amounts may be provided.
Information on the new application process and the benefit rates will be available on April 1st through the following:
a new Funeral Benefits webpage, which will include the new application forms and guides for completing the application process.
Canada Pension Plan Benefits
Canada Pension Plan survivor benefits are paid to a deceased contributor's estate, surviving spouse or common-law partner and dependent children. There are three types of benefits.
- The death benefit is a one-time payment to, or on behalf of, the estate of a deceased Canada Pension Plan contributor;
- The survivor's pension is a monthly pension paid to the surviving spouse or common-law partner of a deceased contributor;
- The children's benefit is a monthly benefit for dependent children of a deceased contributor.
It is important to apply for Canada Pension Plan benefits. If you do not apply, you may lose benefits you are entitled to receive.
Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee of Alberta
Alberta's Office of the Public Trustee protects the financial interests of vulnerable Albertans by administering the estates of represented adults, deceased persons and minors when there is no one else to act.
WCB Alberta (Workers’ Compensation Board - Alberta)
When a work-related fatality occurs, the worker’s dependant spouse or adult interdependent partner may be entitled to benefits. Dependent children living with the spouse or partner are included within these benefits.
Victims of Crime
The Victims of Crime Financial Benefit Program provides a death benefit to eligible victims that have died of violent crime in Alberta. This benefit may be claimed by the person who has paid for these costs. For more information visit their website or to file an application, visit their website.
Last Post Fund
The Last Post Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that no veteran is denied a dignified funeral and burial due to insufficient funds.
The Last Post Fund delivers the Veterans Affairs Canada Funeral and Burial Program which provides funeral, burial and grave marking benefits for eligible Canadian and Allied veterans.
In addition to delivering the Funeral and Burial Program, the Last Post Fund supports several other initiatives to commemorate Canadian veterans, including its own military cemetery, the National Field of Honour, and the provision of military markers for unmarked veterans’ graves.
The Last Post Fund is supported financially by Veterans Affairs Canada and by private donations. Its National Office is in Montreal, Québec with representation in every province and the United Kingdom.
For 100 years, the Last Post Fund has ensured that no eligible Veteran is deprived of a dignified funeral, burial and headstone for a lack of financial resources. Its chief mandate is to administer the Funeral and Burial Program on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada.