Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program (SHARP) grant

All SHARP applications are reviewed to determine if you are eligible to receive a loan. If you meet all loan eligibility requirements and have sufficient home equity, you are not eligible for a grant. SHARP grants may be available to assist lower-income senior homeowners who do not qualify for a SHARP loan with some specific basic and essential home repairs (see list below). You must submit a completed SHARP application to be considered for a grant.

General eligibility

You may be eligible for a grant if you and your spouse/partner (if applicable) are:

  • Not eligible for a SHARP loan
  • Age 65 or older (only one spouse/partner needs to be 65)
  • A Canadian citizen or have been lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent residence
  • An Alberta resident and have lived in Alberta for at least three months
  • A lower-income senior with income below the SHARP grant income threshold
  • Receiving or have applied for all other eligible seniors financial assistance
  • Submitted a completed and signed SHARP application form

Property qualifications

Your property may qualify for a grant if it is your primary residence (where you ordinarily reside). Second homes, such as summer homes, rental properties and commercial properties, do not qualify.

You must have one of the ownership interests listed below:

  • Mobile homeowner on non-owned land
  • Registered life estate
  • A settlement member who is a holder of a Metis title in accordance with the Metis Settlements Act
  • Fee simple owner (and not eligible for a SHARP loan)

Income eligibility

You may be eligible for a grant if you are:

  • A single senior with a total annual income (line 150) of $27,300 or less
  • A senior couple with a total combined annual income (line 150) of $44,335 or less

The following deductions from total income may be considered:

  • Adjustments for Pension Income Splitting
  • Registered Disability Savings Plan Income
  • Canada Pension Plan Death Benefit
  • Supplementary Accommodation Benefit (A supplement paid to seniors in long-term care or designated supportive living; would be identified and deducted by Seniors and Housing.)

Home repairs considered under the SHARP grant

The maximum assistance available per household is $5,000 in a benefit year and $15,000 in a lifetime. The benefit year starts July 1 of one year and finishes June 30 of the following year. Eligibility for the SHARP grant is based on the date the home repair was completed. The cost of the home repair must be $500 or more. Multiple home repairs can be combined toward the $500 minimum.

Below is a list of home repairs that may be considered. Only basic and essential repairs may be funded. Renovations or upgrades are not considered. Additional eligibility criteria may apply.

Home Repair Maximum Funded Number Funded in a Lifetime Home Repair Maximum Funded Number Funded in a Lifetime
Bathroom Repair$5,000Not applicableMobile Home Leveling$2,0001
Carpet Replacement$1,500Not applicableMobile Home Skirting$1,6001
Chimney Repair/Replacement$1,2001Plumbing Repair$5,000Not applicable
Cistern$5,0001Pressure Pump/Tank$5,0001
Electrical Repair$5,000Not applicableSewer/Septic Tank Repair$5,000Not applicable
Exterior Door$500/each2Sewer/Septic Tank$5,0001
Faucets/Taps$150/each5Soffit/Fascia/Eaves$1,000/combined1
Furnace$3,0001Steps/Landing/Railings$900/each2
Furnace Repair$3,000Not applicableSump Pump Repair$5,000Not applicable
Garage Roof Repair/Replacement$1,2001Sump Pump$5,0001
Hot Water Tank Repair$700Not applicableToilet$300/each2
Hot Water Tank$7001Well Repair$5,000Not applicable
House Roof Repair/Replacement$2,9001Well$5,0001

Accounting

If you applied with an estimate rather than a receipt, you will be asked to send in receipts showing that you purchased and paid for the home repair(s) for which you received a grant.

Apply

To apply for the Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program (SHARP):

Complete and sign the application form and agreement.

After you apply:

SHARP will review your application and may contact you or your contractor by phone for additional information. When your application is complete, you will receive written notification of your eligibility. If the maximum grant amount you are eligible for covers part of the cost of your repair, you are responsible for the remaining amount. Confirmation that you are able to pay the remaining amount may be requested.

Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program
P.O. Box 1050 STN Main
Edmonton, Alta. T5J 2M1

Contact information

Call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday if you have any questions.