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. Eligible applicants will receive $200 per individual for the calendar year and a 75% discount toward recreation activities, admissions and passes.

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:

  1. 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)
  2. Ask a Community Organization to complete the Community Partner Reference Form and return to the applicant or submit directly to recreation@portcoquitlam.ca

Submit the application form along with your supporting documents via:

  • Email: recreation@portcoquitlam.ca or
  • Mail: Port Coquitlam Community Centre
    Attention: Recreation Administration
    2150 Wilson Avenue
    Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 6J5
    or
  • 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 family member 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. 

Access for Personal Assistants

It is generally accepted and understood that recreation services should be inclusive for all. However, physical or mental limitations can prove to be a barrier that will prevent some citizens from independently participating in recreation opportunities. Click here for a subsidy application form. Forms are available from all City-owned recreation facilities or by calling 604.927.PLAY. 

Leisure Buddy Program

This program provides support for kids and youth living with disabilities so they can participate in recreation opportunities. This includes, but not limited to those living with physical, cognitive, behavioural or developmental challenges. The goal of Leisure Buddy is to provide one-on-one volunteer support to program participants in an effort to create an inclusive recreation environment. Click here to download the Leisure Buddy application form.

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 accessinclusion@portcoquitlam.ca and indicate which activity or membership you would like the grant money to be applied to. Please note space is limited in registered activities.

Contact

Recreation Department
Email: recreation@portcoquitlam.ca
Tel: 604.927.7900