Seniors may be eligible to begin receiving optical benefits:
On the day of your 65th birthday, or
If you are new to Alberta, after you have permanently resided in the province for three months, whichever is later.
Total household income will determine how much coverage you are eligible to receive.
NOTE: Spouses under 65 years of age or dependants are not eligible for assistance from the Optical Assistance for Seniors programs.
Optical benefits for seniors are paid retroactive for up to 12 months from the date of the optical service.
You are no longer eligible to receive benefits:
The day you leave Alberta to reside permanently in another province or country, or
If you leave Alberta temporarily for longer than six months
Eligibility for the Optical Assistance for Seniors programs is determined using the prior year's total income (line 150 of the personal tax form) as reported to Canada Revenue Agency.
Income thresholds effective from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015:
Marital Status Total Household Annual Income Optical Benefits
Single Senior $0 to $26,200 Up to $230
$26,201 to $31,675 Up to $115
Over $31,675 Not eligible
Senior Couple $0 to $52,400 Up to $230
$52,401 to $63,350 Up to $115
Over $63,350 Not eligible
If you have already applied for the Alberta Seniors Benefit Program, you are automatically enrolled in this program and do not need to apply. For more information contact the Alberta seniors information line at 1-800-642-3853 or visit