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Leisure Access Program

The City of Dawson Creek is proud of its Leisure Access Program!

This funding assistance program helps eligible, limited-income Dawson Creek residents access recreation programs such as classes, events and drop-in programs (Public Swim, Drop-in Climb, Public Skate, Drop-in Hockey, etc.). 

Qualification Criteria

To qualify, applicants must be a permanent resident of Dawson Creek (living within City boundaries) and have a family income at or below the current recognized Statistics Canada Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO) threshold.

Application deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1 August 2 and November 1 

How to Apply

  1. If you meet the qualification criteria listed above, print the Leisure Access Application Form (or pick one up at the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre or City Hall).
  2. Fill out the Main Applicant Information Section in full (please print clearly).
  3. Fill out the section below for all family members living in the household (include your name in this section as well, if you want funding for yourself).
    1. After filling in all names, rank by priority (#1 being the most important and #4 being the least important) what you are applying for.
    2. If you choose “registered program” please write the name of the class you want.
  4. Have a Trusted Partner fill out the bottom section (see Trusted Partner section in the FAQ below, for more information). 
    1. The Trusted Partner must be able to verify you meet the qualification criteria. 
    2. The Trusted Partner must fill in this section in full and Stamp the form. 
  5. Once everything is filled out, drop off your form at City Hall (Community Services Department) or the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre. 

*Please print clearly – if we can not read the form or if anything is filled out incorrectly, it will be returned to you. 

If you are approved

Once approved, you have until December 31 of the calendar year to use your funding. For example:

  • If you are approved for a swim punch card, you have until December 31 to set up your punch card at the pool. Punch cards do not expire, therefore you can use your punch card beyond December 31 – you just have to set it up before this date. 
  • If you are approved for a class, you have until December 31 to register. The class may happen in the following year and that’s ok – as long as you register for that class before December 31. 


What is a Trusted Partner? 
Per the Leisure Access Policy, a Trusted Partner can be a Social Service Agency, a Government Agency, or a Non-Profit organization working with an individual or family who is capable of verifying the applicant’s income status AND that they are a permanent resident. Trusted Partners are organizations that you work with/work with you.

How long do I have to wait till I know if I’m approved?
Applications are accepted up till the deadline listed above. After the application deadline, it can take up to 3 weeks to notify applicants if they were successful or not. The time it takes is dependant on how many applications have to be reviewed. Applicants will be notified by mail. 

Can I apply more than once?
Most definitely, however, there is limited funding available in each calendar year. Due to this, and the number of applications received, new applicants will be considered first before repeat applicants. Funding is not guaranteed

How much funding can I get?
Because there is limited funding available in each calendar year, the amount you may receive is limited. At times funding might only be for a small amount; for example, if you want to register for a $50 class, but are only approved for $30, you would simply pay the difference when you register ($20).