Accessibility and Financial Assistance
The City of Port Coquitlam is committed to providing accessible and inclusive services, programs and opportunities for all members of our community. The Recreation Department offers the following support services:
Individual Financial Assistance
The City of Port Coquitlam’s Financial Assistance program supports active lifestyles and healthy communities by offering inclusive recreation programs and services at a reduced cost for individuals.
If your financial circumstances make it difficult for you to pay the full fee for programs, you may qualify for financial assistance. Adult recipients will receive a total of $200 per calendar year and a 75% discount toward the cost of recreation programs and memberships. Children and youth recipients (0 – 18 years old) will receive a total of $500 per calendar year and a 75% discount toward the cost of recreation programs and memberships. All recipients will receive a One City Pass for the duration of the approved calendar year, which provides free entry to drop-in swimming, skating, fitness, racquetball/squash and all-age gym sports across the City.
How to apply for Financial Assistance
Complete the application form and provide proof of your Port Coquitlam residency by submitting a current monthly bill.
There are two options to verify financial circumstances:
- Submit Government documentation that demonstrates the family income falls with income qualifying income levels determined by the Government of Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off Scale*. For example, Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment or Canada Child Tax Benefit Statement)
- Ask a Community Organization to complete the Community Partner Reference Form and return to the applicant or submit directly to email@example.com
Submit the application form along with your supporting documents via:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
- Mail: Port Coquitlam Community Centre
Attention: Recreation Administration
2150 Wilson Avenue
Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 6J5
- Drop Off: City Hall (Drop box located outside City Hall to the right of the Shaughnessy St. entrance.)
Attention: Recreation Administration
2580 Shaughnessy Street
Financial Assistance Program Acceptance
Approved recipients can visit their “My Account” at portcoquitlam.ca/register. A $200 scholarship will be available for each adult and a $500 scholarship will be available for each Child and youth s (0 – 18 years old) who requested financial assistance. A 75% discount will automatically apply when purchasing an activity, admission or pass. The funding expires December 31 of each calendar year and individuals can reapply each year using the application process.
Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut Off (LICO)
The use of LICO aligns with current practices among Lower Mainland municipalities. The Policy was updated to offer greater flexibility to confirm financial status, however, and now includes the option for approved community organizations, schools, health-based agencies and government organizations to verify an individual’s financial circumstances. This creates a more respectful process for applicants by leveraging the service provider’s relationship and often more current knowledge of their client’s circumstances, as well as addresses language, transportation, and technology barriers of applicants.
Background of what LICO is:
The Low Income Cut Off (LICO) is a measure of low income constructed by Statistics Canada. Individuals who fall below the LICO threshold typically allocate a much larger share of their income to the basic necessities of food, shelter and clothing; therefore, may not have the financial means to access recreation services and programs.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart
Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charitable program with the goal of allowing all kids a chance to recreate and connect with their communities. This program helps kids (ages 4-18) with socioeconomic barriers participate in organized sport and recreation by providing funding for registration and equipment.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart has recently changed their grant process. Parents and/or guardians are now required to apply directly to Canadian Tire Jumpstart with verifying documentation. To learn about the process and to apply, visit jumpstart.canadiantire.ca.
Once approved, email your confirmation letter to email@example.com and indicate which activity or membership you would like the grant money to be applied to. Please note as processing times may vary and space is limited in registered activities, families are encouraged to apply for Jumpstart funding without delay.
Personal Assistant Access Program
Personal Assistants support active lifestyles and healthy communities by providing additional support to individuals attending recreation programs and activities.
Personal Assistant Access Program Guidelines
Step 1: Complete and submit application.
Step 2: Application will be reviewed and the applicant will be contacted regarding eligibility.
Step 3: Once approved visit portcoquitlam.ca/register and sign into “My Account” to register the participant and their Personal Assistant for an activity/program. Note: Participant will be charged a drop-in admission fee and the Personal Assistant will be free of charge. For registered program email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 4: Upon arrival a Personal Assistant will need to provide contact information to staff.
Download a subsidy application form or complete the online form below.
Please note: To be eligible for free admission, Personal Assistant must be registered for the same activity/ program and actively assisting the participant requiring the support.
Leisure Buddy Program
The Leisure Buddy Program offers 1:1 volunteer support for children/ youth in registered activities. Our Leisure Buddies support participants in activities to reduce barriers with the goal of an inclusive recreation environment. Recreation Staff collaborate with families to provide strategies and adaptations for Volunteers to build a positive experience for children and youth in our activities.
The support of a Leisure Buddy is dependent on program capacity and volunteer availability. Our Leisure Buddies are volunteers who are able to assist with focusing, redirection, positive reinforcement and encouraging engagement. They are not trained Behavioural Interventionists or Community Support Workers.
Farmers Market Coupon Program
Farmers Market Coupon Program
The Farmers Market Coupon Program is accepting applications to support those seniors with financial need. With required verification of income, selected applicants will enjoy $21 per week in coupons to exchange for healthy and local food at the City’s Thursday Farmers Markets. To apply for this program, you must show financial need, be a Port Coquitlam Resident, a single parent or an expectant mother or a senior. Complete the online form below to apply.