Fee assistance


If you or your child would like to participate in one of our recreation programs but 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.

Changes are here!

*NEW increase in Leisure Access funding* In January 2019, city council approved increases in Leisure Access funding. Eligible residents will now receive $265 per adult and $300 per child per year towards the cost of direct recreation and leisure programs.

Leisure Access can be used to cover the cost of a program, up to the maximum amount, for a child or an adult. 

Annual funding is available from Nov. 1, 2018 to Oct. 31, 2019. You must apply to renew your Leisure Access each year.

Funding is based on council approval, budget availability and customer demand.


Using your Leisure Access 

Your Leisure Access funding 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 
  • Skating tickets, in bundles of 5 or 20, can be purchased in person at The Aud, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. If purchasing for multiple family members or in multiple bundles, please email your request to allow time for us to prepare the tickets in advance.

  • A three-month swim pass for our indoor and outdoor pools
  • 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; please allow up to 10 business days for processing. Your Leisure Access funding will show up on your City of Kitchener ACTIVE Net account where you go to register for programs online.

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 for financial aid, 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.

Please note paper applications are no longer accepted and must be submitted online.


**Jumpstart is currently out of funding, but please continue to check back for updates.**




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