Transit and Recreation Discounts Available for Low-Income Households

Published on: 2010/10/26 - in Releases

KINGSTON, ON — Starting Friday, Oct. 29, the City will be holding drop-in eligibility sessions for Kingstonians who wish to apply or reapply to the Municipal Fee Assistance program which offers transit discounts and recreation subsidies to residents in low-income households.

New last year, the Municipal Fee Assistance Program helps make Kingston Transit and municipal and community recreation programs more affordable through a single application form.

The City uses Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off (LICO – see table below) to determine a household’s eligibility for the program.  All those who live in households below the LICO qualify for:

A 32 per cent Affordable Transit pass discount

A recreation credit of up to $300 per family member through SPARK (the Subsidy Program for Affordable Recreation in Kingston). The City has $117,000 available to issue through SPARK.

An approved Municipal Fee Assistance Program application will also be factored into accessing community programs that partner with P.R.O. Kids (Positive Recreational Opportunities for Kids), a City charity. www.cityofkingston.ca/prokids .

“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.

IS YOUR HOUSEHOLD ELIGIBLE?

Kingstonians must reapply for the Municipal Fee Assistance program on a yearly basis.  The transit discount is valid for 12 months from the time the application is approved (Affordable Transit cards should be renewed before the month noted on the face of the card).

Municipal Fee Assistance applications and instructions can be found at www.cityofkingston.ca/feeassistance or at any branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, INVISTA Centre, City Hall, Artillery Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre, the Wally Elmer Neighbourhood Centre and at Community and Family Services at 362 Montreal St.

Eligibility is determined by a City staff member at a drop-in session.

Bring your application and required identification (as outlined on the application) to one of the drop-in eligibility session times listed below:

Community Services, 362 Montreal St.

Mondays – 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesdays – 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Fridays – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

City Hall, 216 Ontario St.

Friday, Oct. 29 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 1 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 29 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 1 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Artillery Park Aquatic & Fitness Centre at 76 Ordnance St. (enter off Bagot Street)

Monday, Nov. 1 – 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 3 – 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Or call 613-546-2695, ext. 4906 for a listing of alternative locations and times for drop in eligibility sessions.

LOW INCOME CUT-OFF

Recreation Subsidy Amount

(per person/per calendar year)

$300 $225 $150 $75
FAMILY SIZE MAXIMUM NET FAMILY INCOME
Low Income Cut-Off
1 $19,144 $22,973 $27,568 $33,082
2 $23,832 $28,598 $34,318 $41,182
3 $29,299 $35,159 $42,191 $50,629
4 $35,573 $42,688 $51,226 $61,471
5 $40,345 $48,414 $58,097 $69,716
6 $45,504 $54,605 $65,526 $78,631
7+ $50,661 $60,793 $72,952 $88,542

Plan to get there by bus: ‘Get Directions’ through the transit icon at maps.google.ca or go to www.cityofkingston.ca/tripplanner.

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