SAID Payment Dates and Benefits (2022)

This article summarizes the Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) payment dates for 2022 eligibility requirements, and how to apply for disability benefits.

The SAID program provides monthly income support for residents of Saskatchewan who are living with “significant and enduring disabilities”.

This social assistance welfare program helps eligible recipients meet their basic needs and is similar to income assistance programs like the BC PWD benefit and ODSP in British Columbia and Ontario respectively.

SAID Payment Dates for 2022

SAID payment dates in 2022 occur on the dates below.

If you are registered for direct deposits, your SAID benefit payment hits your bank account on the specified dates.

If you collect cheques, SAID cheque payment dates are also noted and when you receive the cheque is dependent on how fast or slow postal mail takes to reach you.

Typically, you should receive payment before the benefit month starts.

SAID payment monthSAID cheques are mailedSAID direct deposit dates
JanuaryDecember 22December 29
FebruaryJanuary 25January 28
MarchFebruary 22February 25
AprilMarch 25March 30
MayApril 25April 28
JuneMay 25May 30
JulyJune 24June 29
AugustJuly 22July 27
SeptemberAugust 25August 30
OctoberSeptember 26September 28
NovemberOctober 25October 28
DecemberNovember 25November 29

Some recipients receive SAID payments on custom payment dates following arrangements with Social Services.

The two other Saskatchewan welfare benefits that were also paid on these dates (Saskatchewan Assistance Program – SAP and Transitional Employment Allowance – TEA) are now closed.

What is Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID)?

The Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) is an income support program for people with significant and enduring disabilities who require financial assistance to meet their basic needs.

SAID was established in 2008 by the provincial government and it aims to provide income to cover expenses related to shelter, food, transportation, and more.

SAID Benefits and Amounts

SAID benefits are made up of three main components:

1. Living Income: This fixed monthly payment covers basic day-to-day expenses including shelter, food, basic transportation, and more.

How much you receive varies with your location, number of children, and how many adults you have in your family.

SAID Rates (PDF download) for the Living Income Benefits are:

Number of peopleTier ATier BTier CTier D
One adult$1,064$1,009$968$931
Two adults$1,497$1,411$1,360$1,265
Single parent (1-2 children)$1,316$1,194$1,168$1,034
Single parent (3-4 children)$1,378$1,255$1,232$1,085
Single parents (5+ children)$1,454$1,329$1,295$1,162
Two parents (1-2 children)$1,621$1,499$1,473$1,339
Two parents (3-4 children)$1,683$1,560$1,537$1,390
Two parents (5+ children)$1,759$1,634$1,600$1,467

Each tier refers to the following locations:

SAID living income benefit tiers

There is a modified living benefit that caters to individuals in a room and board or room only accommodations as follows:

One adult$805
Two adults$1,310
Extra per child$85

Specific benefits are also available for transportation and utilities.

Fixed rates include:

  • Telephone: $30
  • Electricity: $84 to $136 
  • Energy/home heating: $93 to $125
  • Water and sewer: $50 to $74

When the beneficiary or all members of a family unit are unable to do laundry, there is a laundry benefit ranging from $10 to $25.

Also, childcare benefits are provided to eligible recipients with half-day ($10) and full day ($20) for subsidized childcare.

2. Disability Income: This benefit is provided to help cover the costs related to living with a disability. The current amount is $70 per month.

3. Exceptional Needs Income: A $25 per month benefit may be provided to beneficiaries who live in approved and licensed private-service homes.

Other Saskatchewan Disability Benefits

Norther living supplement: $50 per member of a family unit if they live in a northern community.

Personal Living Benefit: $265 per month if an adult beneficiary resides in a residential care facility, hotel room, treatment center, long-term residence, etc. where the Living Income benefit is not available.

Household Disability Support Benefit: $25 per month benefit to pay for the help offered to a beneficiary who is unable to complete household tasks.

SAID Eligibility

In order to qualify for SAID benefits, you must meet specific age, residency, financial, and disability requirements.

Age: Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Residency: Applicants must be residents of Saskatchewan

Financial Resources: You must lack the financial resources needed to meet your basic needs.

During the application process, your income and assets are assessed.

SAID recipients can still work and earn income.

Earned income is exempted up to a certain limit without reducing your SAID benefits per year:

  • Single individual: $6,000
  • Couples: $7,200
  • Families: $8,500

The income exemption is prorated depending on when you qualify for SAID.

For example, if you start receiving SAID in July, you will get an earned income exemption of $6,000 until December (one-half of the $6,000 for single individuals).

How much money you have in your bank account is also considered when you apply.

An applicant can have up to $1,500, $1,500 for a second adult in the family, and $500 for each additional family member.

Exempt or partially income include:

  • GST credit
  • Canada Child Benefit
  • Tax refund
  • Inheritances up to $100,000
  • Scholarships
  • Gifts of $200 or less per year
  • Payment from the Disability Housing Supplement

Disability: A SAID applicant must have a disability that is both significant and of a permanent nature. It should significantly affect daily living activities and result in the person needing a form of assistive device, accommodation, service animal, or the assistance of another person.

You will need to complete a Disability Impact Assessment by a medical professional as part of the application process.

How To Apply for SAID

You can apply for SAID by calling their phone number at 1-888-567-7243. Alternatively, visit a Ministry of Social Services office in your area.

If you are already a recipient of the Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS) benefit, you can apply for SAID by contacting your welfare worker.

SAID will send you a letter with their decision on your application.

If it is denied, you have 15 days to submit an appeal.

SAID Increase for 2022

The benefit for the Ministry of Social Services increased by $54.5 million for 2021-2022, an increase of 4.2% from 2020 to 2021.

The SAID program is expected to see an increased budget of $19 million, plus $9.1 million to meet the needs of those with intellectual disabilities.

Other programs like SIS and Saskatchewan Housing Benefit also save an increased budget.

Increases to the monthly SAID benefit have not yet been announced for 2022.

Saskatchewan Social Assistance Programs

There are several other social assistance programs in Saskatchewan including:

Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS): This program provides a monthly benefit to help families meet their basic costs of living if they earn a low income or are unemployed.

Saskatchewan Employment Supplement (SES): This is a monthly income support benefit for lower income families.

Seniors Living in Personal Care Homes: This monthly financial assistance is offered to eligible seniors living in licensed personal care homes.

Child Care Subsidy: This is a monthly subsidy to help eligible families pay for the cost of licensed childcare.

Provincial Training Allowance (PTA): Low-income adults who are enrolled in a job skills training program or full-time Adult Basic Education may qualify for the PTA.

Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS) Payment Dates

The payment dates for Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS) fall on these dates in 2022:

SIS payment monthSIS cheques are mailedSIS direct deposit dates
JanuaryDecember 22December 29
FebruaryJanuary 25January 28
MarchFebruary 22February 25
AprilMarch 25March 30
MayApril 25April 28
JuneMay 25May 30
JulyJune 24June 29
AugustJuly 22July 27
SeptemberAugust 25August 30
OctoberSeptember 26September 28
NovemberOctober 25October 28
DecemberNovember 25November 29

You will note that SIS payments are on the same dates as SAID.

Saskatchewan Employment Supplement and Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement Dates

The payment dates for the Saskatchewan Employment Supplement (SES) and the Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement (SRHS) in 2021 are:

  • January 29, 2021
  • February 26, 2021
  • March 31, 2021
  • April 30, 2021
  • May 31, 2021
  • June 30, 2021
  • July 30, 2021
  • August 31, 2021
  • September 30, 2021
  • October 29, 2021
  • November 30, 2021
  • December 31, 2021

SAID Payment FAQs

How much does SAID pay in Saskatchewan?

A single adult may get up to $1,064 for the SAID living income benefit, plus $70 for disability income, and additional benefits for utilities, laundry, and childcare.

What is low income in Saskatchewan?

The low income tax credit for residents of Saskatchewan is unreduced if you have an adjusted family net income of $33,755 or less. If your family net income is between $33,755 and $70,045, you get a partial tax credit.

Is the SAID benefit taxable?

SAID benefit payments do not count towards your taxable income for the year.

How much is social assistance in Saskatchewan?

The basic benefit for Saskatchewan’s income support program ranges between $285 and $350. For each child, the basic benefit is $56. In addition, you may qualify for up to $1,150 in shelter benefits. Other benefits available through the social assistance program include health and safety benefit, stabilization benefit, short-term emergency assistance, prescribed diet benefit, travel benefit, alternative heating benefit, and several others.

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