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COVID-19 Update: Leisure Access Program
New applications continue to be accepted and reviewed for the Leisure Access Program (LAP) and Ride Transit Program.

Applicants are asked to submit completed applications via Canada Post to:

Leisure Access Program 
PO Box 2359
Edmonton AB, T5J 2R7

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The Leisure Access Program (LAP) allows eligible low-income Edmontonians to access participating City of Edmonton recreation facilities through an annual pass or a subsidized monthly pass.

All applicants will automatically be considered for the Ride Transit Program.

There are exciting new opportunities for applicants to our programs. Those who fall under the Low Income Thresholds may be eligible for a 2-year approval term. Those who apply using AISH documentation may be eligible for a 5-year approval term. See the Who Qualifies section for more information. 

Those eligible for a retroactive extension to their membership will be contacted via mail prior to the end of their current approval term. 

What is Included?

Annual Program

The LAP Annual program term length is determined by the qualifying documentation used when applying. There is a $5 fee to replace lost membership cards. The LAP Annual program includes:

  • Unlimited, free admission to participating facilities
  • 75% discount for Adults/Seniors for registered programs (3 per year)*
  • 75% discount for each Child for registered programs (4 per year)*
  • Access to 1 bucket per day at Victoria Driving Range.
  • Access to the Reuse Centre for 24 free visits per year. 
  • One Free Youth in Action course registration per approved youth.

Note: Access to rental discounts, Kids Den/child minding and the Terwillegar Club Membership (and its amenities) are not included in the annual program.

*1 round of golf is considered 1 registered program. Tee times must be booked in advance.

*One Reuse Centre workshop is considered 1 registered program.

*Fort Edmonton Park offers limited discounted spots in registered programs for LAP participants. Contact Fort Edmonton Park via 311 for more details.

*No discounts on trainer programs: Fitness Consultations, Fitness Appraisals, Personal or Small Group Training and Nutritional Consultations. Discounts can be applied to regular instructor-led registered programs.

Monthly Pass

Monthly pass holders are entitled to:

  • Discounted monthly admission to participating facilities 

    • Individual: $20/month 
    • Family: $70/month

Note: Fort Edmonton Park, registered program discounts (including golf) and the 1 bucket per day at Victoria Driving Range are not included in the monthly pass. 

Qualification

The City of Edmonton is proud to introduce an expanded Leisure Access Program that is more accessible for more low-income Edmontonians. If you didn’t qualify before because you were over the previous income threshold, then you might qualify today. 

Who Qualifies?

1-Year Term

You may qualify for an Annual Term (1 Year) if you are an Edmonton resident and one of the following applies:

  • You are a recipient of Government of Alberta Income Support or Learner's Income Support
  • You are a new Permanent Resident or a Refugee (To qualify, you must have been in Canada less than one year and are not yet eligible to file a tax return)
  • You receive the Canada Pension Plan - Disability Benefit (Only the CPP-Disability benefit can be used to qualify for LAP.)
  • You are a child under government care
  • Your 2019 combined household income is equal to or below the amounts* listed below:
2019 Low Income Thresholds** 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons
LAP Annual Program
$34 Ride Transit Pass - 1 Year Term
$29,069 $36,189 $44,490 $54,017 $61,265 $69,095 $76,929

2-Year Term

You may qualify for a 2-year term if you are an Edmonton resident and the following applies:

  • Your 2019 combined household income is equal to or below the amounts* listed below:
2019 Low Income Thresholds** 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons
LAP Program
$34 Ride Transit Pass - 2 Year Term
$26,426 $32,899 $40,445 $49,106 $55,695 $62,814 $69,935

5-Year Term 

You may qualify for a 5-year term if you are an Edmonton resident and the following applies:

  • You are an AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped) recipient
    • Note: Eligible dependants aged 14 or older will qualify for 1-4 years, expiring on/after the youth turns 18 years.

Monthly

You may qualify for an Annual LAP Monthly approval if you are an Edmonton resident and the following applies:

  • Your 2019 combined household income is equal to or below the amounts* listed below:
2019 Low Income Thresholds** 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons 7 Persons
LAP Monthly & Ride Transit LITE $48.50 $29,070-
$33,033
$36,190-
$41,124
$44,491-
$50,556
$54,018-
$61,383
$61,266-
$69,619
$69,096-
$78,518
$76,930-
$87,419

*Income threshold amounts are subject to change based on Canada Revenue Agency low-income cut off numbers.

**Eligible households are considered yourself, your partner/spouse and dependent children 17 years of age or younger (dependents who are over the age of 17 will need to submit a separate application form with their own income and address verification documents).

To calculate total household income, add the total incomes (Line 15000) of you and your partner/spouse’s (if applicable) 2019 Notice(s) of Assessment (NOA). You are eligible if your total household income is equal to or less than the amount shown above with the number of eligible household numbers.

Who Does Not Qualify?
  • Those who live outside of the City of Edmonton
  • Those who have a household income higher than the range shown above for the LAP Monthly Pass
  • Full-time students at the University of Alberta, NAIT or MacEwan University without children
  • Those who hold a temporary residence visa/permit in Canada (Visitors Visa, Work Permit, Study Permit)  and are not able to submit a Notice of Assessment or a Permanent Resident/Refugee document. 

Any appeals to declined applications must be received within 90 days of the date stated on the decline letter. 

How to Apply

Prepare Your Application

  1. Print the Leisure Access and Ride Transit Programs Application Form
    • The form is also available by calling 311 to have one mailed to you
  2. Gather all the verification documents. For a detailed list of what is accepted, please check Leisure Access & Ride Transit Program Application Information.
    • Required Income Verification, such as:
      • 2019 or 2020 Notice of Assessment (NOA)
      • Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) Paper Health Benefits Statement (found on the monthly Direct Deposit statement) dated within the last 3 months
      • 2019 or 2020 Canada Pension Plan T4A(P) form showing credits for the Disability Benefit
      • Income Support Health Benefits Card - MUST include budget information (found on the monthly Direct Deposit statement) dated within the last 3 months
      • Learner’s Income Support Funding Decision Letter
      • Confirmation of Permanent Residency Documentation (sometimes referred to as Landing Papers, all entry dates must be less than 1 year from application date)
      • Refugee Protection Claimant Document (issue date of document must be less than 1 year from the application date) 
      • Delegation of Powers Document (Children under government care)
    • Eligible Dependant Verification (if applicable), such as most recent CCB/ACB/GST notice
  3. Individuals under government care or custodial care should also submit both of the following document:

If your application does not include the required verification information, it will be returned to you by mail for resubmission. 

Submit an Application

Mail or Submit your completed application form: 

Mailing Address

Leisure Access Program
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7

In-Person Drop-Off

  • A City of Edmonton Recreation Centre or Attraction that is currently open - visit edmonton.ca/reccentres for list of open facilities and hours of operation.
  • Edmonton Service Centre - Mail Drop Off, Edmonton Tower, 2nd Floor, 10111 104 Avenue NW. Monday - Friday; 8am-4:30pm; Closed Holidays.

We do not accept emailed or faxed applications.

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Processing Timelines

We aim to process most applications within 2-3 weeks. If you have not received any notice after 3 weeks, please call 311, inquire at your nearest City of Edmonton Recreation Centre or email us at lap@edmonton.ca, and we will check the status of your application.

Ride Transit

The Leisure Access and Ride Transit Program application will also assess your eligibility for Edmonton Transit Service’s Ride Transit, our transit program that offers monthly transit passes to eligible low-income Edmontonians at a rate of $34/month OR $48.50/month (approval based on income level). If you have an income below the ETS Ride program’s low-income threshold, you will automatically be considered for this program. You are not required to complete an additional application form.

Learn more about Ride Transit by visiting edmonton.ca/ridetransit.

Partnerships

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For More Information

Leisure Access Program

2nd Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 104 Avenue, NW
Edmonton AB T5J 0J4

Telephone

311

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