It can be quite difficult to live on your own and cover all of the costs, no matter your standing in life. Inflation and the cost of living these days have drove the prices of everything from groceries to rent sky-high and there’s no real indication that it will return to normal any time soon.
Because of this, the Canadian government has created the SIS program. SIS, or Saskatchewan Income Support helps thousands of Canadians struggling to make ends meet. Here’s everything you need to know about SIS payment dates, applying for various SIS and SAID programs, and eligibility requirements.
It’s important that we start our guide about SIS payment dates and more out with an explanation of SAID/SIS. First of all, SIS and SAID are used interchangeably in many
instances, but SAID is for disabled persons, while SIS doesn’t cover only disabled persons. SIS refers to government assistance provided to help cover the basic living costs of people in Canada.
According to the government, SAID is a program designed to support people who have “significant or enduring disabilities” who can’t adequately support themselves by working to obtain a living wage.
This particular program was first introduced in 2009 by the provincial government in Saskatchewan to help those with disabilities living in residential care facilities.
In 2012 the program was expanded and opened up to those with disabilities living independently, as well.
Since its existence of over a decade, the program has picked up steam and gained popularity, and it now serves more than 15,000 people.
SAID and SIS are just a couple of the many social assistance programs that are available in both provinces and territories across Canada.
If you’re here looking for SIS payment dates, then there’s a good bet that you’re either in one of these categories yourself or you’re looking the information up for family or friends to help them out during a trying time. Either way, here are some of the categories of people who typically use such types of assistance:
The payment dates for all benefits programs in Saskatchewan are all the same. Here are the SAID payments for 2022:
|Benefit Month||Dates Cheques are Mailed||Direct Deposit Dates|
|January||December 22, 2021||December 29, 2021|
|February||January 25, 2022||January 28, 2022|
|March||February 22, 2022||February 25, 2022|
|April||March 25, 2022||March 30, 2022|
|May||April 25, 2022||April 28, 2022|
|June||May 25, 2022||May 30, 2022|
|July||June 24, 2022||June 29, 2022|
|August||July 22, 2022||July 27, 2022|
|September||August 25, 2022||August 30, 2022|
|October||September 26, 2022||September 28, 2022|
|November||October 25, 2022||October 28, 2022|
|December||November 25, 2022||November 29, 2022|
There are two main types of SIS benefits: health and income benefits.
SIS payment dates are just one important aspect of this benefits program. Another aspect you should learn about are the income benefits.
These payments are non-taxable, but you’ll still need to list them on your tax returns. You can find these funds listed on line 14500 on the T4 income tax form.
Learning about the amount of your SIS payment is as important as learning about SIS payment dates. Your SIS or SAID payment amounts vary based on factors such as the size of your family and where you live.
The Living Income Benefit has four different tiers (A-D). The tiers are made up of a variety of towns and cities. For example, Tier A holds Saskatoon and Regina, and also have the highest payments.
This chart explains the tiers a bit better:
|Tier A||Tier B||Tier C||Tier D|
|Single Parent -1 or 2 children -3 or 4 children -5 or more children||$1,316 $1,378 $1,454||$1,194 $1,255 $1,329||$1,168 $1,232 $1,295||$1,034 $1,085 $1,162|
|Two Parents -1 or 2 children -3 or 4 children -5 or more children||$1,621 $1,683 $1,759||$1,499 $1,560 $1,634||$1,473 $1,537 $1,600||$1,339 $1,390 $1,467|
Click here to find out which tier your city is in and what your Living Income Benefit amount should be.
Here’s a list of some of the benefit rates for utilities if you opt out of receiving a SAID payment amount on designated SIS payment dates for the actual utility costs:
|Utilities||Tier A, B, C & D|
|1st person base amount||$84|
|Additional amount per person||$13|
|Maximum amount for 5 or more people||$136|
|1st person base amount||$93|
|Additional amount per person||$8|
|Maximum amount for 5 or more people||$125|
|Water and Sewer|
|1st person base amount||$50|
|Additional amount per person||$6|
|Maximum amount for 5 or more people||$74|
It depends on the size of your family, but you can also get between $10-$20 per month for laundry expenses.
Here are some other benefits you may qualify for:
Many people in a hurry to learn about SIS payment amounts and SIS payment dates without realizing that there are SIS health benefits they may qualify for, as well.
Here are some of the products and services that SIS health benefits can cover:
You’ll need either a Saskatchewan Health Card (which must be valid) or a temporary health coverage form in order to qualify for any of these SIS health benefits, as well.
Another aspect of SIS payments that often gets overlooked by people searching for SIS payment dates is SIS eligibility. Here are some of the criteria that you’ll be required to meet in order to be eligible to receive SIS payments on their designated SIS payment dates.
You have to be at least 18 years old to apply for disability benefits. This is what is known in Saskatchewan as the “age of majority”.
If you’re applying for SIS benefits as an elder then you’ll need to apply for other benefits as well, such as the CPP (Canada Pension Plan), OAS (Old Age Security), the GIS (Guaranteed Income Supplement) and more. You qualify for the majority of these benefits at age 60 or 65.
Even if you sign up for other services as an elder, you may still receive SIS payments on designated SIS payment dates. They don’t automatically stop. This means that if your income still falls under the guidelines you may receive SIS payments along with your other benefits.
And, this may go without saying, but to be eligible for the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID), you must be a resident of Saskatchewan.
In order to begin receiving your payments on scheduled SIS payment dates, you’ll need to fit certain financial criteria, as is the case with most government benefit programs.
The determination of your specific financial needs of the program are based on things like your assets and income.
Your financial eligibility is determined by the earned income exemption, which is set each year. You can earn up to the earned income exemption amount without your benefits being “clawed back”.
The earned income exemptions are as follows:
Depending on when you apply for SIS benefits, your exemption is prorated. So, if you were to apply as a single person in July, then your exemption for the rest of the year would be $3,000. (50% of the total annual exemption because you applied halfway through the year.)
In most cases the only financial income that’s considered for SIS payments comes from employment. Other types of income are generally exempt from consideration.
After your income reaches the exemption amount then your payment amount will be reduced for every dollar you go above the exemption amount.
Types of income that are exempt:
When you’re approved for SIS payments you’ll not only be given a SIS payment dates schedule, but also an income tracking sheet so that you’ll be able to accurately track your income.
One of the most important eligibility criteria necessary to receive SIS payments on their scheduled SIS payment dates is that you have a disability that is considered “significant and enduring” by the government, as well as permanent.
The “significant and enduring” bit means that your daily life and activities are affected by the condition. It will also require assistance of some sort, whether it come in the form of medical devices, service animals, or a person to assist you with daily activities. This assistance is necessary to live.
As part of the application process, a Disability Impact Assessment will be conducted so that the government can determine if the disability meets all of their required criteria.
When you’re learning about SIS and SIS payment dates, it’s important to learn how to apply for SIS.
To get the application process started, you can call 1-888-567-SAID (7243). You can also go to a Ministry of Social Services office.
Here’s a handy directory to find local offices in your area.
If you’re already receiving SIS or other benefits then you can apply (or re-apply) by contacting your caseworker.
SIS caseworkers can help you with your application, walk you through the application process, point you in the direction of other organizations that may be able to help, and inform you about other benefits from the Ministry of Social Services that may benefit you.
If your application is denied for some reason, you’ll get a letter in the mail informing you that it’s been denied. From there you have the option to appeal this decision within 15 days.
While you’re learning about SIS, SAID and SIS payment dates, you may want to check out some of the other assistance programs in Saskatchewan. Again, all of the payment dates for programs in Saskatchewan are the same, so these payment dates will match SIS payment dates.
This is a benefit for adults with low income who are enrolled either in vocational skill training courses or adult basic education courses. It supplies up to $1,476 in living allowances, as well as child care and a northern allowance. Qualifying applicants may also be eligible for the employment and training benefit.
This is a program for senior citizens who require licensed personal care at home and need financial assistance to get it. Eligible applicants will receive funds that match the difference between $2,000 and their income monthly.
This benefit is for low income families with children. The maximum SEB is $562.50 and you can make up to $4,070 in funds from employment and still qualify for the Saskatchewan Employment Benefit, depending on how many children you have as well as other eligibility requirements.
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Many people who are interested in learning SIS payment dates are also using other benefits, like CPP and OAS, which means that they not only have to keep track of SIS payment dates but other payment dates as well. Here are the CPP payment dates for 2022: January 27, 2022 February 24, 2022 March 29, 2022 April 27, 2022 May 27, 2022 June 28, 2022 July 27, 2022 August 29, 2022 September 28, 2022 October 27, 2022 November 28, 2022 December 21, 2022
Now that you know about SIS payment dates, it’s natural to wonder what time you can expect your payment to be deposited into your bank account. There’s no specific time that your deposit will hit the bank. However, with very few exceptions you can expect your SIS payment dates to land either on the first of the month or on the last few business days of the preceding month. So, if you’re expecting a payment in June, you’ll either receive it on June 1st, or on the last few days of May leading up to June.
Many people looking up SIS payment dates are looking into other types of benefits and assistance, so this is something you may want to know. The average welfare check for a single person in Canada who is working is around $726, while couples could receive around $1,174 if they’re not able to work for some reason. There are, of course, a number of factors that effect the amount of these checks, such as a person’s location, income, family size and disability status, as well as other factors.
People learning about SIS payment dates and learning about SAID are typically looking into other benefits and services they may be eligible, and this falls into that category. The SAID Disability Income Benefit pays an additional $70 per month for eligible adults with disabilities. Of course, this benefit is in addition to the Modified Living Benefit (for adults living in room/board situations) or the Living Income Benefit. The eligibility of this benefit is dependent on a number of factors, such as the type of disability you have and your income. But if you have a disability, it couldn’t hurt to inquire about this benefit along with your SAID, or ask about it along with your SIS payment dates.
If you’re looking into SIS payment dates, then this is a question you likely have as well. The basic payment amount for Saskatchewan’s income support benefit is between $285- $350. Each child also increases that amount by an additional $56. Additionally, you could qualify for a maximum of $1,150 for shelter benefits (for things like rent). There are many other benefit programs that you could consider taking advantage of as well.