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Leisure Access Program

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The Leisure Access Program (LAP) provides low-income Vancouver residents with access to basic recreation programs and services at Park Board facilities at a reduced cost.

Upon qualifying, the subsidy is loaded on a OneCard for discounted access to all Park Board pools, rinks, and participating fitness and community centres PDF file (210 KB).

What to do if there is a postal service disruption

We will accept notice of assessments rather than proof of income statements starting on August 29 until the postal service uncertainty ends.

When will your application be processed?

As of Monday August 29, we are processing complete applications received by the Leisure Access Program office during the week of August 15.

Qualifying for the program

You may qualify for the Leisure Access Program if you meet all of the following requirements:

  1. You are a resident of the City of Vancouver
  2. One of the following:
    • You receive Income Assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSD)
    • You have a BC Bus Pass (red Compass Card) and a dated receipt for its purchase that is within the current calendar year, or a bus pass eligibility letter
    • Your family's total income is equal to or below the amounts below
    Family size Gross family income
    1 person $24,600
    2 people $30,625
    3 people $37,650
    4 people $45,712
    5 people $51,846
    6 people $58,473
    7 people $65,101
    More than 7 people For each additional person, add $6,628
    Source: Statistics Canada low-income figures (for the 2015 tax year)

You will not qualify for the Leisure Access Program if your family's combined "Interest and other investment income" (Line 121) exceeds $1000.00.

Who is not eligible?

You are not eligible if:

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

How to apply

The application requirements for the Leisure Access Program vary depending on how you qualify. To learn about requirement, choose 'Show more' on the option that applies to you.

1. You receive income assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSD)

You may be able to be referred by MSD, or you can complete a self-referral.

2. You have already qualified for one of the following:

  • A BC Bus Pass (red Compass Card) or a bus pass eligibility letter
  • Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
  • Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER)

3. You receive non-income assistance from a government or social services agency

The agency may be able to refer you to the Leisure Access Program.

4. You have low income and aren't on income assistance

Completed applications with all the required information take two weeks to process.

What documents are required to apply?

The documents you need to provide depend on your application option. Choose 'Show more' to see what documents will be required.

Proof of address

Find out what documents we accept as proof of address based on your situation.


How to renew

To renew your enrollment in the Leisure Access Program, apply using the option above that applies to you.

Please renew your pass at least one month before your current pass ends.

Keep your OneCard. If we renew your enrollment, your pass will stay active and you won't need a new card. 

Program benefits and discounts

Leisure-access discounts apply to registration fees only, not to materials and supplies.

Free admission and rentals

  • Public swimming and ice skating sessions
  • Skate rentals during public skating sessions and skate lessons
  • One single-visit admission to Vancouver Aquarium per year (starting March 12, 2016)

50% off admissions and passes for recreation facilities

  • Fitness centres: drop-in admission and monthly Flexipass *
  • Indoor cycling: drop-in admission †
  • Kerrisdale Play Palace: single admission †
  • Squash and racquetball courts: single visit rental †
  • Pitch & putt golf courses: single visit green fee and club rental

Exceptions

* The number of months your Flexipass is valid for cannot exceed the term of your Leisure Access Program enrollment.
† 10-visit admissions and passes, and group admission are excluded.

50% off recreation programs

  • Adapted swimming lessons
  • Group swimming lessons, including leadership classes
  • Group skating lessons, basic and introductory
  • Community centre programs: one program per person per season at participating community centres *

Exceptions

* Find the participating community centres (213 KB)

Some community centres offer the discount on more than one program. Ask at your local community centre.

50% off admission for local attractions

  • Stanley Park Miniature Train †
  • VanDusen Botanical Garden *
  • Bloedel Conservatory *
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours

Exceptions

† Reduced Easter Train admission, valid March 19-24 only.
* Admission is excluded during special events.

$2.00 off admission for local attractions

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

Discounts for seniors and youth

The above discounts are applied to the facility's admission rates for seniors and youth.

Exceptions

Seniors and youth receive the above discounts applied to the adult rates for:

  • Bloedel Conservatory admission
  • VanDusen Botanical Garden admission

Program guidelines

Leisure Access Program passes can't be given to someone else. Misused cards will be confiscated.

Register for recreation programs

When you are enrolled in the Leisure Access Program, you can register for recreation programs in-person and online.

Register in-person

Bring your OneCard to the community centre of your choice.

Register online

Create an account, then register for a program.

Create an account now

Already have an account? Ask your community centre to link your account with Leisure Access Program pass so you automatically receive the discount when you register for a program.

Contact the LAP

3-1-1

lap@vancouver.ca

Get a replacement card

Report your lost or stolen OneCard with Leisure Access to a participating community centre or 3-1-1 for a replacement.

Replacement agency passes cost $2.00 while they're valid.

Download our brochure

LAP brochure PDF file (8.3MB)

OneCard

Use a system-wide card that gives you access to Park Board pools, rinks, fitness centres, and more.

Flexipass

Flexipass gives you 1, 3, or 12-month access to Park Board and participating Association fitness centres, swimming pools, and ice rinks. Some conditions apply.