Qualifying for the program
You may qualify for the Leisure Access Program if you meet all of the following requirements:
- You are a resident of the City of Vancouver
- You are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
- 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
Source: Statistics Canada low-income figures (for the 2014 tax year)
||Gross family income
|More than 9 people
||For each additional person, add $6,555
You will not qualify for the Leisure Access Program if your family's combined "Interest and other investment income" (Line 121) exceeds $1000.00.
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 gross family income?
Gross 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.
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