According to the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, 1 in 6 children in Canada live in poverty. Research shows that children in low-income families are less involved in sport, cultural and recreational pursuits.

Research also shows that recreation is essential to the physical, emotional and social development of people of all ages.  It is also a key factor in addressing the province-wide concern with childhood obesity and can help improve the quality of life of older adults. 

To help address these issues, the City of Cornwall is working to make municipal and community recreation programs more affordable to Cornwall residents in low-income households.

 Fee Assistance In Recreation (FAIR)

The Fee Assistance In Recreation (FAIR) subsidy improves access to City-operated recreation facilities and programs (including aquatics, sports and arts and culture programs) for residents who are financially vulnerable. 

The Policy provides opportunities for people to participate in recreation programs at a discounted price. Participants can receive a subsidy of 75 % of the cost of an eligible program or service and pay 25 % of the fee, to a maximum subsidy of $300 per person per year.

Programs that are eligible through this Policy include swimming lessons at the Aquatic Centre, Recreation and City of Cornwall operated sports programs.  Aquatic Centre memberships and skating passes are also available to those who meet the funding criteria and who are not participating in organized programs.


To access the program, applicants must satisfy the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a resident of the City of Cornwall.
  • Be eighteen years of age and older to apply.
  • Have an annual combined family income at or below the Statistics Canada before tax Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) table for their family size.
  • Have not exceeded the maximum allowable funding amount for the current calendar year.

Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO)

The chart is broken down into the number of family members and the maximum total family income before tax. Check your family size in the Statistics Canada Low-Income Cut-Offs Before Tax Table. Your family size includes you, your spouse/partner, dependents living in your home. To be eligible for the City of Cornwall’s FAIR subsidy, you must fit into one of the scenarios in the table. Your family income (before taxes) must be less than or equal to the Low-Income Cut-Off for your family size.

Statistics Canada Low-Income Cut-Offs Before Tax Table Population 30,000 to 99,999


Family Size

Low-Income Cut-Off (Before Tax)



















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*Statistics Canada determines the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) threshold by family size, per the Census Family definitionThe Low Income Cut-Off thresholds were last updated June 30, 2023.

How to Apply

Applicants must provide one piece of identification for each family member. Acceptable documents are:

  • Ontario Driver’s License
  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Ontario Photo Card
  • Canadian Citizenship Card of Permanent Residence Card
  • Immigration and Refugee document issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Certificate of Indian Status 

 Applicants must submit the required documentation along with their completed application form to verify their income. Current photocopies of the following documentation are acceptable for applying for the FAIR subsidy:

  • Canada Revenue Agency Personal Income Tax Notice of Assessment (NOA) including address portion for each for each adult in the household. OR;
  • Ontario Works Statement of Deposit including address portion, OR;
  • Ontario Disability Support Program Statement of Deposit including name/address portion, OR;
  • Canada Revenue Agency Canada Child Benefit notice (CCB) including address portion listing eligible children if listing children on application. OR;
  • Guaranteed Income Supplement notice (GIS) including address portion.

Note: Beginning each year on June 1, the previous year's NOA and Canada Child Tax Benefit statement will be required.

All applicants must be residents of the City of Cornwall. If the applicant cannot
provide acceptable documentation which includes a Cornwall address, additional documentation will be required to support an application.

The following forms of documentation are acceptable as proof of residency within the City of Cornwall:

  • Lease or rental agreement, OR;
  • Utility or phone bill, OR;
  • Driver’s License or Ontario Photo Card.


Click here for the application.

 Canadian Tire Jumpstart

In addition to the Recreation Financial Accessibility Policy, residence can apply for Canadian Tire Jumpstart Individual Child Grants.  

Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charitable program that helps financially disadvantaged kids participate in organized sport and recreation. The program helps to cover registration, equipment and/or transportation costs.

The funds for this program are disbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis, and families could be eligible for subsidies for various youth sporting activities in the community.

To find out more about accessing this program, please visit their website at or contact Donna Raymond-Walker by email or by phone, (613) 938-9898 ext. 4035.

New - Online applications!
You can now apply for Jumpstart assistance online! Applications are scheduled to open January 29th, 2024. For more information, click here.

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