Alberta is overhauling and streamlining the $1 billion assistance program for some of its most vulnerable people.
Irfan Sabir, the minister of community and social services, said Thursday changes are underway for the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped program.
The changes are in response to an auditor general’s report that found too much red tape, along with other barriers, for people trying to access the system.
The application process has been streamlined, with fewer steps and shorter application forms, and there will be user-friendly guides for applicants.
The department is also tracking to see how long the application process takes, and will make public the results.
There will also be more staff training to improve consistency in decision-making.
(The Canadian Press)<