Fee assistance


If you or your child would like to participate in one of our recreation programs but you cannot afford to pay the registration fee, you may be eligible for Leisure Access - a fee assistance program designed to make our programs accessible to everyone.

Eligible residents receive $215 per adult and $250 per child. These funds will cover $62 per program each season for a child and $53 for adults (18 plus). Up to $150 dollar of the total amount can also be spent on swim or skate tickets and memberships.

Please note--- Any applications received on August 8 or later, eligible children and adults will receive $150 for rest of the calendar year.

You must renew your leisure access card each year; your card will expire on Dec. 31 of the current year.

Using your leisure access 

Your leisure access can be used to cover eligible fees for the following programs and activities:

Your leisure access can also be used for:

  • Swim tickets for adults, children or seniors; limit of five tickets per customer, per week -- up to a maximum of $150
  • Skating tickets at The Aud only, up to $150
  • A three-month swim pass for our indoor and outdoor pools, up to $150
  • Gym tickets; valid at Breithaupt Community Centre and Downtown Community Centre only
  • Kitchener Group Card

Your leisure access cannot be used for:

  • Programs offered by neighbourhood associations at our community centres. Please contact each neighbourhood association directly.
  • Minor sports organizations (e.g. hockey, soccer, gymnastics, baseball). Please contact each sport organization directly.
  • Private or semi-private swimming lessons.
  • Re-certification in aquatic leadership programs.
  • Manuals, exam fees or administrative fees for swimming programs.
  • Program or supply costs for leisure programs (e.g. art supplies).

How to apply for leisure access

Applying for leisure access is easy - simply:

  • Download our application form, or pick one up at any of our community centres or pools. The application is also available in accessible formats upon request.
  • Bring your completed form, as well as proof of income and address, to any indoor pool or community centre; or mail the completed form to the address listed on the application.
  • If you qualify, a letter will be mailed to you as well as a card; please allow up to 10 business days for processing. The card will act as proof that you have leisure access but it is not necessary to show it to anyone to register for programs. Your leisure access will show up on your City of Kitchener ACTIVE net account, making it easy to use for online register too.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart program

Canadian Tire's Jumpstart program gives kids, who are four to 18 years of age, a chance to participate in sports. Jumpstart funding helps families who qualify a financial hand with program registration costs.

You don't have to be approved for Leisure Access to qualify for Jumpstart. To apply or obtain more information, visit Jumpstart today.



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