Leisure Access Program

The Leisure Access Program allows Vancouver residents who are in financial need to access basic recreation programs at Park Board facilities at reduced cost. 

The Leisure Access program provides a range of benefits and discounts at participating community centres, Park Board operated and participating Association fitness centres, pools and rinks. If you are unable to participate in recreation programs because of limited income or financial resources, contact a community centre near you to discuss your options.

Please note that senior and youth admission rates are already discounted. If you are a senior or youth and qualify for the Leisure Access program, any applicable discounts will be calculated based on the regular adult rate and not on the senior or youth rate.

Leisure Access benefits are not transferable. Misused cards will be confiscated.

Free:

  • Admission to public swimming and ice skating sessions
  • Skate rentals during public skating sessions and skate lessons 

50% discount on:

  • Regular admission at fitness centres and on regular-priced adult monthly Flexipasses (the length of the flexipass cannot exceed the expiry date of the customer's Leisure Access program eligibility)
  • Basic/introductory group swimming lessons
  • Basic/introductory group skating lessons
  • Regular admission at the Kerrisdale Play Palace
  • Group fitness centre programs (e.g. indoor cycling)
  • One community centre program per person per season at participating community centres 
  • Racquet and squash court admission
  • Stanley Park Miniature Railway
  • Bloedel Conservatory
  • VanDusen Botanical Garden
  • Pitch & Putt Golf Courses daily admissions and club rental
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours 

$2 discount at:

  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden
  • HR MacMillan Space Centre
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum

Attendant policy

The Vancouver Park Board provides free access to attendants required to assist any person with a disability who needs support to swim, skate, workout in the fitness centre, or visit VanDusen Garden, Bloedel Conservatory, Stanley Park, and other recreation opportunities.

Support is defined as assistance of a physical, psychological, emotional, intellectual, or sensory nature to ensure that the patron with the disability is able to participate. 

 

You may qualify for the Leisure Access program if:

  • You meet all of the following requirements:
    • You are a resident of Vancouver
    • You are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
    • Your total family income is at or below the following income amounts, before tax, for the number of family members in your household

 Family size Family Income
 1 person  $5,000-$23,298
 2 persons  $5,000-$29,004
 3 persons  $5,000-$35,657
 4 persons  $5,000-$43,292
 5 persons  $5,000-$49,102
 6 persons  $5,000-$55,378
 7 persons  $5,000-$61,656
 More than 7 persons  For each additional person after 7, add $6,268

You are not eligible if: 

  • You are an immigrant classified as an investor or entrepreneur
  • You are on a temporary resident (visitor), study, or work permit
  • You live on the UBC Endowment Lands

What is a family?

Anyone living at the same address, including all extended family members of all ages, who are related by blood, common law, adoption, or marriage are considered to be family. The same address includes separate living areas in the same house, such as different floors of a multi-unit house or single rooms in a house.

What is total family income?

Total family income is the combined amount of money earned, before taxes, of all family members, in Canada and abroad, who contribute to the Vancouver household. This includes employment income of all types (full and part time, reported or not reported), investments, pensions, child support payments, rental revenues, funds in trust, disability benefits, overseas income, business income, and all other sources of income.

Depending on your situation, there are different application options for the Leisure Access Program.

Option 1 - Ministry of Social Development applicants

If you are receiving BC Benefits (Income Assistance):

  1. Complete the Ministry of Social Development application form.
  2. Take the form either signed and stamped by Ministry of Social Development staff or along with your income assistance payment stub to a participating community centre, rink, or pool. You will also need your government-issued photo identification and recent proof of address in Vancouver.
    The community centre, rink, or pool will take your photo and issue your OneCard with the built-in Leisure Access subsidy program. Each member of your family three years of age and older will need to have their photo taken.

Ministry of Social Development Application Form

Option 2 - BC Bus Pass Program applicants

If you have a Ministry-issued BC Bus Pass:

  1. Complete the BC Bus Pass Program application form.
  2. Take the form along with your BC Bus Pass (for low income seniors or clients receiving disability assistance from the Province of BC) to a participating community centre, rink, or pool. You will also need your government-issued photo identification and recent proof of address in Vancouver.
    The community centre, rink, or pool will take your photo and issue your OneCard with the built-in Leisure Access subsidy program.

BC Bus Pass Program Application Form 

Option 3 - for people who are not receiving BC Benefits Income Assistance

If you are not receiving BC Income Assistance but your total family income qualifies as low income:

  1. Complete the Low Income application form and attach all required documents that are listed on the application form.
  2. Drop off the completed form and documents to a participating community centre or pool or mail your application package to the Leisure Access office. 
    Once your application is processed, the Leisure Access Office will mail you a letter indicating whether your application was approved. (If your application is incomplete, it will be sent back.)
  3. If your application is approved, take the letter and your government-issued photo identification to a participating community centre or pool to obtain your OneCard with the built-in Leisure Access subsidy program.
    The community centre or pool will take your photo and issue your card. Each member of your family three years of age and older will need to have their photo taken.

Low Income Application Form 

Option 4 - Get agency referral

If you need assistance to enroll in the Leisure Access program, contact a social service agency. They may be able to help you complete the required forms or make an agency referral on your behalf.

If you are participating in the Resettlement Assistance Program with Immigrant Services Society, contact your counselor at the Resettlement Assistance Program.

If you are a youth in care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development, contact your social worker.

Agency Referral Application Form 

 

Skating and swimming lessons

If you are enrolled in the Leisure Access Program, you can register for group skating and swimming lessons and receive the applicable discount at any Park Board pool or rink both in-person or using the online registration system. Discounts do not apply to private skating and swimming lessons.

If you register in-person, please present your OneCard with valid Leisure Access Program subsidy when you register.

If you want to register online, you need to sign up for an online account. If you already have an account, ask the community centre or pool to associate your Leisure Access Program enrollment with your account. The discount will be applied automatically when you register online.

Other programs at recreation facilities

To receive the Leisure Access subsidy for recreation programs at participating community centres, you can also register in-person and online. Please present your OneCard for in-person registration and/or ensure your online account is associated with your Leisure Access Program enrollment.

Note NOTE: You can only receive the Leisure Access subsidy for one community centre program per person per season at participating community centres.

Already enrolled in the Leisure Access Program

Get your OneCard with Leisure Access subsidy

Visit one of these participating centres to have your photo taken and get your OneCard with built-in Leisure Access Card program subsidy.

Find a participating facility - Leisure Access

See a list of community centres, rinks, and pools that provide Leisure Access benefits.

Renew Leisure Access program enrollment

Find out how to renew your enrollment in the Leisure Access program.

Replace a lost card - Leisure Access

What to do if you lose your OneCard with built-in Leisure Access program subsidy.

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Contact the Leisure Access office

Mailing Address
2099 Beach Avenue 
Vancouver, BC, V6G 1Z4
Attn: Leisure Access Program

Phone: 604-257-8497 

lac@vancouver.ca

Last modified: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:13:11

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