City of Belleville, 265 Cannifton Road, Belleville ON K8N 4V8 Tel: 613-966-4632 TTY: 613-771-9781 Fax: 613-967-3207 prgeneral@city.belleville.on.ca

Recreation Program Subsidy/Fee Assistance

Recreation Fee Assistance 2018

Why is it important?

We believe that all residents of Belleville should be given the opportunity to enjoy the many benefits of participating in recreation activities, regardless of their financial situation.

Who is eligible?

Residents of Belleville; Families and/or individuals living below the “Low-Income Cut Off” (LICO) level are eligible to apply and the subsidy assistance amount will be determined on an individual basis, with subsidies from 25% to 75% off the cost of the program. Should there be a request for assistance from a resident who exceeds the income levels on the Recreation Subsidy Chart, an assessment will be completed to determine other options for payment and/or support to the applicant.

What is available for subsidy?

If approved the applicant will be eligible to register for the following number of programs/workshops per year:

  • A maximum of 5 weeks of summer camps
  • A maximum of 2 sessions of group aquatic lessons
  • A maximum of 1 session of group skating lessons
  • A maximum of 1 group program/workshop per session (4 sessions per year), for all other programs
  • Holiday Camps (P.A Day, March Break, Winter Wonderland)
  • Up to 50% off Workout Studio, Gym, Swim & Skate Passes, Aqua-fitness & Land Fitness Passes.

* Private & Semi-private lessons, advanced courses & supply fees not eligible for subsidy

How to apply: It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3!

1. Get your subsidy application form at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre (265 Cannifton Road) or online at www.qswc.ca
2. Drop off your application (or fax or e-mail) and make an appointment by calling 613-967-3200 ext. 3266. At the appointment,
bring in the applicant’s (or parent/guardian, if under 18) Personal Income Tax Notice/GST/Child Tax Credit Assessment
Forms from Revenue Canada, ODSP Payment stubs as acceptable proof of income for every member of the household over
the age of 18 and one piece of picture ID that shows current address or a picture ID and a utility bill/rental agreement
showing current address.
3. You will be notified within 10 business days of the subsidy available. You only need to apply for the subsidy once per year
and if approved your name will be placed on a list, enabling you to register for programs without having to re-apply each
time. The balance of the registration fee must be paid at least 2 weeks before the program/workshop begins.
Programs must have the minimum required number of participants enrolled in order for it to run.

Programs must have the minimum required number of participants enrolled in order for it to run.

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Fee Assistance Policy – 2017/2018

Fee Assistance Application

Recreation Program Subsidy/Fee Assistance Policy – Revised May 5/17

1. Policy

The City of Belleville will provide a financial assistance program to City of Belleville taxpayers in order for them to have equal opportunity to participate in City of Belleville operated recreation programs and activities.

2. Scope

This policy applies to all Belleville residents/taxpayers who need assistance paying for any City of Belleville recreation programs due to financial hardship.

3. Purpose

There are many benefits of recreation to low-income individuals and families, as well as to the community. Recreation has physical health benefits, psycho-social benefits, it can help to break the cycle of poverty, and it is a wise financial investment due to the fact that it results in savings in health, social service and justice costs.

The City of Belleville and its Recreation, Culture & Community Services Department is committed to providing affordable access for all citizens of Belleville, regardless of age or income, to participate in municipally run recreation programs and activities.

4. Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the City of Belleville Recreation staff to oversee this process. All requests and completed forms should be directed to the Recreation, Culture & Community Services Department. This policy will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure the needs of the community are addressed effectively as the City’s population and composition continues to change.

5. Procedures

A) Residents who are unable to afford the fees to a municipal program and/or activity will complete a subsidy application form (available on-line or at the Belleville Recreation, Culture & Community Services Office – Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre).

B) All requests will be dealt with in a confidential manner, on a case by case basis, with the Recreation Program Supervisor, or designate, having the authority to offer a larger subsidy if needed, to ensure all residents are able to participate in municipally run programs.

C) Assistance may be provided to all residents by offering payment option plans, including post-dated cheques, ensuring that the final cheque is dated no later than 2 weeks before the program starts.

D) Using the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) before tax levels set by Statistics Canada (based on previous income tax year), the City of Belleville will determine each family member’s eligibility for programs accessed through the Subsidy/Fee Assistance Policy according to the chart below:

2016/2017 Recreation Subsidy Chart

Recreation Subsidy Amount
(per person/per calendar year)

75%

50%

25%

Family Size

Maximum Net Family Income

           LICO    
1

$21,354

$25,625

$30,750

2 $26,583

$31,900

$38,280

3

$32,681

$39,217

$47,061

4

$39,680

$47,616

$57,139

5

$45,0054

$54,005

$64,806

6

$50,758

$60,910

$73,092

7+

$56,511

$67,813

$81,376

E)  Should there be a request for assistance from a resident that exceeds the income levels on the Recreation Subsidy Chart, an assessment will be completed to determine other options for payment and/or support to the applicant, at the discretion of the Recreation Program Supervisor or designate.

F) An application must be received and a meeting held between the applicant and the Recreation Program Supervisor at least 10 days before the start of the program/workshop being applied for by the individual.

G) The applicant (or parent/guardian if under 18) must provide a Personal Income Tax Notice of Assessment and/or GST/Child Assessment Forms from Revenue Canada or an ODSP/Ontario Works statement for every member of the household over the age of 18 and one piece of picture ID that shows current address or a picture ID and a utility bill or rental agreement showing current address.

H) Applicants only need to apply for the subsidy once a year and if approved, this will enable them to register for programs without having to re-apply each time. Renewal applications must be submitted by June 30th of each year.

I)  If approved, the applicant will be eligible to register, at the specified discounted rate for the following number of programs/workshops per approved family member per year:

  • A maximum of 5 weeks for summer camps
  • A maximum of 2 sessions of aquatic lessons
  • A maximum of 1 session of skating lessons
  • A maximum of 1 program/workshop per session for other programs
  • Recreational Gym/Swim/Skate/Workout Studio pass packages (up to a maximum of 50% off)

J)  The following programs are excluded:  Private and Semi-Private Lessons and Personal Training Sessions

K)  The program/workshop must have the minimum required number of paying participants enrolled in order to accept subsidized spots in each program.

L)  This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure needs of the community are addressed effectively as the City’s population and composition continues to change and staff will inform Council annually on the usage and success of the Program.

Additional Notes:

Applicants are eligible for the following:

• A maximum of 5 weeks for summer camps (Camp lunches, camp swimming lessons & extra hours are not included)
• A maximum of 2 sessions of aquatic lessons (per calendar year)
• A maximum of 1 session of skating lessons (per calendar year)
• March Break Camp, PA Day Camps and Holiday Camps (extra hours are not included)
• A maximum of 1 program/workshop per session per person for other programs (Program materials/supplies are not subsidized) or leadership courses (materials/books/exams are not
subsidized)
• COPD, Cardiac Maintenance, and Stroke Care can be subsidized for all classes per session

The following are eligible for up to 50% off:

• Recreational Gym/Swim/Skate/Workout Studio pass packages (10, 20, 40 packs)
• The Lunch-time Express Pass
• Aqua-fitness Session Pass
• Drop-in Fitness/Aquafitness 10 pack
• Shinny Hockey

The following programs/items are excluded:

• Single drop-in passes
• Private and Semi-Private Lessons
• Personal Training Sessions
• Walking Poles
• Camp lunches, camp swimming lessons & extra hours
• 50+ Centre annual memberships
• Seniors Luncheon
• Extra Fee for Supplies (Art Appreciation, Exploring All Things Art, Kids in the Kitchen, Building New Chefs, Snack Attack, etc)
• Extra fee for Materials/books/exams for leadership courses
Call Karen at 613-967-3200 Ext. 3266 or 613-966-4632 to set up an appointment.


Additional Community Subsidy Resources:

The Children’s Foundation:  Playing for Keeps – http://thechildrensfoundation.ca/?page_id=34
Camps of Hope – http://thechildrensfoundation.ca/?page_id=150
Hastings County: Child Care Subsidy (Includes summer camp) – http://www.hastingscounty.com/node/33231
Canadian Tire Jumpstart: http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/en.html?gclid=CJCeyLCn29MCFQiHswodTmAOlQ#Ho
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