Programs and Services

Advocacy - AB & NWT Division

    Through providing information, support, and other resources, advocacy services in the Alberta and Northwest Territories Division assist individuals experiencing MS to identify, navigate, and access a wide variety of programs and opportunities.

    Information

    Please find below information about 1) help with applications for AISH, CPP-D benefits, and the Income Assistance Program, as well as 2) links to resource guides and webinars, which address the legal and advocacy issues that individuals experiencing MS most often encounter. These issues pertain to human rights, employment, and various types of income support. However, webinars on new topics occur and are posted frequently; please check back for new recordings or contact us, using the information below, with your questions and to learn about upcoming webinars!

    Additionally, information is provided via email, telephone, or in-person at offices throughout the Alberta and Northwest Territories Division (please click here to find an office near you).

    Help with AISH, CPP-D, and Income Assistance Program Applications

    The Alberta and Northwest Territories Division is pleased to expand its advocacy services for applications forAssured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH), Canadian Pension Plan – Disability (CPP-D) benefits, and the Northwest Territories’ Income Assistance Program! If you require assistance with one or more of these applications, you may be eligible for support from our trained volunteers, who will help you with the more difficult parts of these applications! By receiving support, you will increase your chances of receiving these benefits!

    If you are interested in receiving assistance, please contact an MS Navigator, who will guide you through the initial steps.

    If you are interested in working with individuals experiencing MS to foster self-empowerment, complete income support applications, and learn about legal and advocacy resources, you might like to be an advocacy volunteer! For more information, please visit https://mssociety.ca/get-involved/volunteer and scroll down to the Alberta tab.

    Resource Guides

    Archived Webinars

    Additional Support

    The Alberta and Northwest Territories Division offers advocacy support with issues in the following areas:

    • Income Support, including with Canadian Pension Plan - Disability (CPP-D) benefits, Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) (in Alberta), and the Income Assistance Program (in the Northwest Territories)
    • Abuse
    • Education and Employment
    • Equipment
    • Family and Caregiver Support
    • Health
    • Housing
    • Human Rights
    • Transportation

    Individuals who require assistance, and/or are unsure if advocacy support is provided for a particular issue, are encouraged to connect with the MS Society for more information (please click here to find an office near you or contact an MS Navigator). The MS Society works with individuals to foster self-empowerment and determine the best course of action. If the MS Society is unable to assist, volunteers and/or staff will connect individuals to other resources where these are available.

    To read Chris Alex's advocacy story, please click here.

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