Outdoor Recreation Idea of the Day, February 8, 2011

What Works: Canadian City Provides Recreation Opportunities for Economically Challenged Families

February 8, 2011 (Washington, DC) - Kingston, Ontario, has a Municipal Fee Assistance program which offers recreation subsidies to residents in low-income households. The city uses Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) tables to determine a household’s eligibility for the program. All those who live in households below the LICO qualify for a recreation credit of up to $300 per family member through SPARK (the Subsidy Program for Affordable Recreation in Kingston). In addition, qualifying for this program also reduces or eliminates fees for a range of community programs that partner with P.R.O. Kids (Positive Recreational Opportunities for Kids), a city charity.

“The tremendous demand we saw last year for recreational program assistance was so heartening. Kingstonians want to participate and be active – and the City is delighted to be able to help them sustain a healthy lifestyle through the Municipal Fee Assistance Program,” says Lanie Hurdle, Commissioner of Community Services.

Application for the program is annual and simple and is also linked to an assistance program for public transportation. For more information, click here.

Outdoor Recreation Idea of the Day is inspired by the President's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to connect Americans to the outdoors and its IdeaJam blog. ARC’s submissions to the blog can be found if you click here. Additional ideas that have been submitted to IdeaJam can be found in our September 2010 newsletter, which is here.