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Leisure Access Program

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The Leisure Access Program 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, 213 KB).

When will your application be processed?

As of October 5, 2015, we are processing complete applications received by the Leisure Access Program office during the week of September 21, 2015.

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. You are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  3. One of the following:
    • You receive Income Assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSD)
    • You have a Ministry-issued BC Bus Pass or red Compass Card (for low-income seniors or clients receiving disability assistance from the Province of British Columbia)
    • Your family's total income is equal to or below the amounts below
    Family size Total family income
    1 person $23,861
    2 people $29,706
    3 people $36,520
    4 people $44,340
    5 people $50,290
    6 people $56,718
    7 people $63,147
    More than 7 people For each additional person, add $6,429
    Source: Statistics Canada low-income figures (for the 2014 tax year)

What is a family?

A family is anyone living at the same address – including all extended family members of all ages – who are related by blood, common law, adoption, or marriage. The same address can 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.

Note If you have any of the following, your family income is not considered because these options are for individuals only, not families:

  • A Ministry-issued BC Bus Pass or Compass Card
  • A letter verifying eligibility for a BC Bus Pass or Compass Card
  • A Service Canada letter verifying your eligibility for Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or BC Housing letter verifying receipt of Shelter Aid for Elderly Residents (SAFER)

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 

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


* 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 *


* 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


* 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.


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

  • Fitness centre admission
  • Flexipasses
  • 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.

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Contact the Leisure Access Program

Mailing address
2099 Beach Avenue 
Vancouver, BC, V6G 1Z4
Attention: Leisure Access Program

Phone: 3-1-1


Download the Leisure Access Program brochure

LAP brochure (PDF, 1.5MB)

Lost your your card?

To receive a replacement card, please report lost or stolen OneCards with Leisure Access to a participating community centre or 3-1-1.

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

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

Learn more about Flexipass

Exercise on an elliptical trainer at Champlain Heights Fitness Centre


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.

Last modified: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:26:36