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Available Death Benefits

Alberta Human Services

Human Services may provide basic funeral services for those receiving assistance from Alberta Works- Income Support, AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped), or indigent persons. Basic funeral services are provided for under an Agreement with funeral homes in Alberta.

Workers Compensation Board (WCB)- Work related fatalities

When a work-related fatality occurs, the worker’s dependant spouse or adult independent partner may be entitled to benefits. Dependent children living with the spouse or partner are included in these benefits. Assistance for funeral expenses may also be provided by WCB. 


If the deceased was currently employed, benefits may be available from the employer or union. Some group plans have the provisions for spouses and dependent children. Some benefits may continue after retirement.

Victims of Crime

The Victims of Crime Financial Benefit Program provides a death benefit to eligible victims that have died of violent crime in Alberta, as an acknowledgement of their victimization. Funeral costs may be claimed by the person who has paid these costs.

If you have any questions about the Financial Benefits Application, call the program at 780-427-7217. Additional information is also available at

Last Post Fund

The Veteran Affairs Canada Funeral and Burial Program ensures that eligible Veterans receive dignified funeral and burial services. To be eligible for the Program, Veterans must meet both military service and financial criteria. For more information visit

Airline Bereavement Fares

For those who need to fly at the last minute in the event of a death or imminent death in their immediate family, Air Canada and West Jet offer bereavement fares. Please visit the following sites for more information:

Federal Allowance for the Survivor

This pension is available for a surviving spouse between the ages of 60 and 64 years. Current application s must be requested from the Federal Old Age Security Office at 1-800-277-9914. Applicants must have an annual income below $16,848. (Please note this may change as a result of new government; please call the 1-800 number for more information)

Canada Pension Plan (CPP)

A death benefit may be available to the family of a deceased person who has sufficiently contributed to the Canada Pension Plan. This benefit is pro-rated according to the amount of contributions and the length of time which the contributions were made. Monthly pensions may also be available for the surviving spouse and dependent children.