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Leisure Access Program

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).

Download our brochure

LAP brochure PDF file (5 MB)

Benefits

  • Public swim admission
  • Public skate admission
  • Skate rentals (during public skating sessions and lessons)
  • One single-visit admission to the Vancouver Aquarium per year
  • Monthly Flexipass (valid until your Leisure Access Pass expires)
  • Group swimming lessons (including leadership classes and some specialty programs)
  • Group skating lessons (not valid at Kerrisdale Arena)
  • Community centre programs (one program per person per season at participating community centres PDF file (213 KB). Some community centres offer the discount on more than one program. Contact the community centre for details.)
  • Fitness centre admission (not valid for 10-visit passes or groups)
  • Indoor cycling single drop-in admission (not valid for 10-visit passes or groups)
  • Kerrisdale Play Palace regular admission
  • Racquetball and squash court admission (not valid for 10-visit passes or groups)
  • Pitch & putt golf course daily admission and club rentals
  • Stanley Park Train admission – LAP holders can buy tickets on-site for March 17 and 18 (train-only preview) and March 22 – 25
    • LAP discounts apply to the train ride only
    • LAP passes are not applicable March 29 – April 2
  • Bloedel Conservatory and VanDusen Botanical Garden admission (discount applied to adult rate, discount not valid during special events)
  • Vancouver Aquarium admission
  • Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden
  • HR MacMillan Space Centre
  • Museum of Vancouver
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum

Apply and renew

To enroll in the LAP, you need to live in the City of Vancouver and match one of the criteria below.

Applying for yourself

Bring the following items to a community centre:

  1. One of:
    • Red Bus Pass (Compass Card)
    • Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
    • Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER)
    • Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR) income assistance cheque stub
    • MSDPR confirmation of assistance letter
    • Third-party referral by MSDPR or a recognized non-profit or agency
    • MSDPR office-stamped application form
  2. A copy of your proof of address, such as:
    • Bank statement or home utility bill (such as hydro, gas, internet, phone, cell phone, or cable) dated within three months
    • Current lease agreement
  3. Identification, such as:
    • Government-issued ID
    • ID that matches your client ID on your third-party referral

Applying for your family

Bring the following items to a community centre:

  1. One of:
    • Third-party referral by MSDPR or a recognized non-profit or agency
    • MSDPR office-stamped application form
  2. A copy of your proof of address, such as:
    • Bank statement or home utility bill (such as hydro, gas, internet, phone, cell phone, or cable) dated within three months
    • Current lease agreement
  3. Identification, such as:
    • Government-issued ID
    • ID that matches your client ID on your third-party referral

Refer yourself and your family (one or two parents with children 18 years old and under). Applications are processed in two weeks.

To apply, your net family income needs to be less than or equal to the following amount based on your family size.

Low-income cut-off for 2017 tax year (Source: Statistics Canada)
Family size Net family income
1 person $25,516
2 people $36,084
3 people $44,194
4 people $51,031
5 people $57,054
6 people $62,500
7 people  $67,508
8 people $72,170

LAP isn't available to people or families with a combined "interest and other investment income" over $1,000.00 (see Line 121 of your proof of income statement).

To apply or renew:

  1. Please provide:
    1. A copy of each tax form:
      • Proof of income statement (To request this, log-in to Canada Revenue Agency My Account External website or phone Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-267-6999 and press 1, then 1, then 2. Provide your Social Insurance Number, date of birth, and your reported income on line 150 of your last tax return.)
      • Canada Child Benefit notice (if applicable)
    2. A copy of your proof of address, such as:
      • Bank statement or home utility bill (such as hydro, gas, internet, phone, cell phone, or cable) dated within three months
      • Current lease agreement
    3. If you're a permanent resident or immigrant, a copy of your confirmation of permanent residence
  2. Complete the application form PDF file (70 KB).

    Note Complete the form using Google Chrome or Internet Explorer.

  3. Email the documents and application form to lap@vancouver.ca or bring them to a community centre to send to the Leisure Access Office.

The Leisure Access Office will contact you if we need further clarification or additional documents, or if your application isn't approved.

  1. Please provide:
    1. A copy of your current Canada Child Benefit notice if the family qualifies for the child disability benefit (CDB).
    2. A copy of your proof of address, such as:
      • Bank statement or home utility bill (such as hydro, gas, internet, phone, cell phone, or cable) dated within three months
      • Current lease agreement
    3. If you're a permanent resident or immigrant, a copy of your confirmation of permanent residence
  2. Complete the application form PDF file (70 KB).
  3. Email the documents and application form to lap@vancouver.ca or bring them to a community centre to send to the Leisure Access Office.

The Leisure Access Office will contact you if we need further clarification or additional documents, or if your application isn't approved.

 The terms and conditions of the Leisure Access Program are subject to change. 

Who can't apply

LAP isn't available to:

  • Immigrants classified as investors or entrepreneurs
  • People or families with a combined "interest and other investment income" over $1,000.00 (see Line 121 of your proof of income statement) 
  • People who live in the University Endowment Lands

Privacy policy

We uphold and enforce the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act to ensure any and all personal information is secured and only shared for the purpose it was provided, in accordance with the law. This means:

  • We don't disclose personal information.
  • We ask for the immigration status of permanent residents and refugees in the LAP self-referred application only to determine eligibility.

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 $5.00 while they're valid.

OneCard

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

Flexipass

Get 1, 3, or 12-month access to Park Board and participating association fitness centres, swimming pools, and ice rinks.

Register for recreational lessons and classes

Find and register for recreation and leisure programs, classes, and lessons offered at Vancouver recreation facilities.