Port Coquitlam residents who want to get fit or take part in an arts program or camp — but can't pay the full fee — can apply for financial help from the city.
Applications are open Friday, Dec. 1, for eligible PoCo residents to sign up for free or reduced recreation passes for activities at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre and Hyde Creek Recreation Centre.
Last year, more than 800 residents got financial relief to participate while, this year, the city has issued more than $39,000 in subsidies for nearly 1,200 residents.
Under the Financial Assistance Program, residents can qualify for a One City Pass for the calendar year, allowing free entry for drop-in swimming, skating, fitness, racquetball/squash and gym sports.
- Adult recipients will also have the option to receive a total of $200 per calendar year and a 75 per cent discount toward the cost of recreation programs and memberships
- Children and youth recipients (0–18 years old) have the option to get a total of $500 per calendar year and a 75 per cent discount toward the cost of recreation programs and memberships
To qualify, PoCo residents must complete an application form, provide proof of residency and verify their financial circumstances; non-residents are not eligible.
“We will continue to work to ease some of the financial hardships being faced by many families in Port Coquitlam,” said Mayor Brad West in a news release.
“We want to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to take part in our recreation programs and this initiative helps make that happen. I am proud of the work we continue to do and that this program removes financial barriers while enhancing community and family connectedness.”
You can email email@example.com for more details about the Financial Assistance Program.