Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS) Payment Dates

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The Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS) benefit is a financial support program for individuals and families who require financial assistance to be able to afford basic living necessities. 

To be eligible for SIS, you must be in a position where you require financial help, and you (and your spouse or partner, if applicable) must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, have refugee status, or be covered under the Canada Ukraine authorization for emergency travel
  • Live in Saskatchewan
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have either no or very little income
  • Have tried every possible alternative way to support yourself, such as getting a job, seeking child support, and so on

SIS Payment Dates

SIS payments are made monthly either by direct deposit or by cheque.

Here are the 2024 payment dates:

Month Cheques Mailed Direct Deposit
January December 22, 2023 December 28, 2023
February January 25, 2024 January 30, 2024
March February 26, 2024 February 28, 2024
April March 25, 2024 March 27, 2024
May April 25, 2024 April 29, 2024
June May 28, 2024 May 30, 2024
July June 25, 2024 June 27, 2024
August July 25, 2024 July 30, 2024
September August 27, 2024 August 29, 2024
October September 25, 2024 September 27, 2024
November October 28, 2024 October 30, 2024
December November 26, 2024 November 28, 2024

How Much Could I Get for SIS?

The amount you could get for SIS depends on your circumstances, which are evaluated on a monthly basis. 

Here is a list of the benefits covered under SIS and their payment rates as of May 1, 2023:

Type of benefit Description Payment Amount
Basic Benefit (Outside Northern Administration District) To cover essentials like food, travel, clothing,  household and personal items $345/month
Basic Benefit (Within Northern Administration District) Adults: $410/month

Children: $$65/child per month
Shelter Benefit (Saskatoon/Regina) To cover living costs like rent, mortgage payments, utilities, and other related costs Singles: $630/month

Couples: $805/month

Families (1-2 children): $1,030/month

Families (3+ children): $1,205/month
Shelter Benefit (Rest of the province) Singles: $570/month

Couples: $695/month

Families (1-2 children): $795/month

Families (3+ children): $895/month

Household Health and Safety Benefit To cover the costs of replacing household items as a result of a disaster or domestic/interpersonal violence Up to $500
Stabilization Benefit To help those who struggle with finding stable housing $150/month
Short Term Emergency Assistance For cases where there are unforeseen, emergency situations where harm could be done without financial assistance Varies
Prescribed Diet Benefit To help cover the expenses of additional nutritional supplements or food needed due to medical conditions Varies from $50 to $150
Travel Benefit To cover the costs of traveling (includes mileage, food and shelter) for medical reasons, job interviews or the start of a new job Varies
Alternate Heating Benefit To help those living in a household where natural gas isn’t accessible and who need an alternate heat source $160/month
Employment and Training Benefit To cover the costs of starting a new job or training program $140
Children’s Benefit  To cover the costs of food, clothing, personal and household items for children,for those who don’t qualify for the CCB (Canada Child Benefit) $400
Child Care Benefit To help cover the costs of short-term childcare when going to a job interview or looking for a job $30/day
Relocation Benefit To help with moving costs relating to emergencies, evictions for reasons outside of your control, starting a job somewhere further or finding a cheaper place to live Varies from $200 to $300 depending on household size
Security Deposit To help cover the costs of a security deposit to your landlord Same as Shelter Benefit
Funeral Benefits To help cover the cost of a funeral Varies

How to Apply for SIS

You can apply for SIS in 3 different ways: online, over the phone, or in person.

Applying online is the quickest and most efficient way.

You can easily edit your information as it changes, and enable text messages to stay up to date with the status of your application.

To apply online, all you need to do is:

  • Sign in or create a Saskatchewan account.
  • Answer all the questions and submit the required documents. This process takes about 20-30 minutes. If you can’t complete it all in one sitting, the online portal will save your application for up to 15 days. 

To apply over the phone, just call Social Services at 1-866-221-5200 anytime from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.

To apply in person, just visit your nearest Social Services office during the opening hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the SIS program in Saskatchewan?
  • How can I apply for SIS?
Tara Al-Khudairi

Tara Al-Khudairihas worked in the financial services industry since 2017. She graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Finance and is pursuing her CFA.

She has worked at a major Canadian financial institution in various client-facing advisory roles, starting as a bank teller and working up to a Client Services Associate within the Asset Management division. She specializes in simplifying concepts of personal finance for people of various financial backgrounds.

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