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?

The following are at the approved discounted rate (25%, 50%, or 75% off):
 Summer camps
 March Break Camp, PA Day Camps and Holiday Camps (extra hours are not included)
 Group aquatic lessons
 Group skating lessons
 Health & Wellness programs/workshops
 Special Interest programs/workshops (Program materials/supplies, books/manuals, or exam fees are not subsidized)

The following are eligible for up to a maximum of 50% off:
 Recreational Gym/Swim/Skate/Workout Studio pass packages
 (10, 20, 40 packs)
 Lunch Time Express Pass
 Aqua Fitness Session Pass
 Drop In Fitness/Aqua Fitness 10 pack
 Shinny Hockey Pass Packages

The following programs/items are excluded:
 Single drop-in passes
 Private Lessons
 Semi-Private Lessons (may be considered on an individual’s need)
 Personal Training Sessions
 Camp swimming lessons & extra hours
 50+ Centre Annual Memberships
 Seniors Luncheons
 Extra Fee for Supplies (Art Classes, Cooking Classes, etc.)
 Extra fees for materials/books/exams for leadership courses

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 – 2019/2020

Fee Assistance Application

Recreation Program Subsidy/Fee Assistance Policy – Revised September 9, 2019

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 the specified City of Belleville recreation programs outlined in this policy due to financial hardship. This subsidy is not to be combined with other community subsidy programs.

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 Recreation, Culture & Community Services Office located at the 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 modify the approved subsidy rate, 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, annually, each applicant’s eligibility for the Subsidy/Fee Assistance Policy.

2018 LICO Before Tax:

Recreation Subsidy Amount
(per person/per calendar year)

75%

50%

25%

Family Size

Maximum Net Family Income 

           LICO    
1

$22,186

$26,623 $31,948
2 $27,619

$33,143

$39,772

3

$33,953

$40,744

$48,893

4

$41,225

$49,470

$59,364

5

$45,705

$56,108

$67,330

6

$46,757

$63,281

$75,937

7+

$58,712

$70,454

$84,545

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 staff 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 18 years of age and over, as well as one piece of picture ID that shows current address or a picture ID and a utility bill or rental agreement showing current address. Please list all family members (spouse/partner and dependent children) who live in the household. Note: Any other adults in the home (over the age of eighteen), who are not dependents, must complete their own application to access the program.

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

I) The following are at the approved discounted rate (25%, 50%, or 75% off):
 Summer camps
 March Break Camp, PA Day Camps and Holiday Camps (extra hours are not included)
 Group aquatic lessons
 Group skating lessons
 Health & Wellness programs/workshops
 Special Interest programs/workshops (Program materials/supplies, books/manuals, or exam fees are not subsidized)

The following are eligible for up to a maximum of 50% off:
 Recreational Gym/Swim/Skate/Workout Studio pass packages
 (10, 20, 40 packs)
 Lunch Time Express Pass
 Aqua Fitness Session Pass
 Drop In Fitness/Aqua Fitness 10 pack
 Shinny Hockey Pass Packages

The following programs/items are excluded:
 Single drop-in passes
 Private Lessons
 Semi-Private Lessons (may be considered on an individual’s need)
 Personal Training Sessions
 Camp swimming lessons & extra hours
 50+ Centre Annual Memberships
 Seniors Luncheons
 Extra Fee for Supplies (Art Classes, Cooking Classes, etc.)
 Extra fees for materials/books/exams for leadership courses

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

K) 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.

 


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