Richmond expands recreation fee subsidies

For Richmond residents who are experiencing financial hardship, the city is now stepping in with Richmond Community Associations and Societies to further subsidize recreation passes.

Starting Sept. 4, Richmondites can apply for a subsidy that will allow them to receive free admission for drop-in programs and services (including swimming, skating, pitch and putt and at one community centre of their choice). They can also receive a 90 per cent discount for registered programs, up to $300 per year in subsidy for preschoolers, youth and children and up to $100 per in subsidy for adults and seniors.

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“We are confident that the updated Recreation Fee Subsidy Program will help to remove financial barriers and provide more opportunities for Richmond residents of all ages to access Richmond’s excellent system of programs, services and public spaces,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“It is important that all residents are able to participate fully in community life and participate in activities that help support their mental, emotional and social well-being regardless of their financial situation.”

The city defines “financial hardship” as having “difficulty paying for basic daily living expenses (e.g. food, shelter, clothing),” and not having “access to savings or other financial resources.”

To apply for the subsidy, pick up an application at any City of Richmond community recreation and cultural facility or at city hall. Applications can also be downloaded at

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