Recreation Fee Assistance

Recreation subsidies are available for  qualifying residents experiencing low income or financial stress who want to participate in Town-operated recreational programs and activities. 

This program relies on funding from grants & donations. Many thanks to the Foothills Salvage and Recycling Society for their generous contributions.

  • The program covers Okotoks Recreation Centre passes or admission, as well as any registered program (including cultural, certifications, arts, fitness, personal development, and day camps) offered through Active Okotoks

  • Up to $200 per year in subsidy is available to each eligible person. 
    The subsidy can be applied to reduce the cost of programs by 80% 

  • Children ages 3-18, adults and seniors are eligible if family units meet income guidelines

To be eligible for Recreation Fee Assistance,  you must live in the Town of Okotoks, Turner Valley, Black Diamond or in Foothills County (in close proximity to these towns) and meet the income guideline below:

Qualifying Income for Fee Assistance
Family SizeMax Qualifying Income**
1 person $26,620
2 persons$33,141
3 persons$40,743
4 persons$49,467
5 persons$56,105
6 persons$63,276
7 persons or more$70,449

** Line 15000 on the Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment shows income. The combined total income for all adult household members is required.

Note: Individual circumstances may be considered for exceptions to these guidelines. Other accepted proofs of income are:
•    Assured Income for Severely Handicapped benefits (AISH)
•    Alberta Works: Income subsidy/support
•    Independent youth letter (a letter from school principal, guidance counsellor, or Child and Youth Support Program of Alberta Children’s Services)
•    Letter from a Registered Social Worker (RSW)

Submit the online form (which requires proof of eligibility) to the Okotoks Family Resource Centre. You will be notified by email  once your application has been processed. Approval is dependent upon meeting eligibility guidelines and sufficient program funding.

Proof of eligibility includes providing a copy of one of the following:

  1. Alberta Adult or Child Health Benefit letter showing validation period
  2. current Alberta Works or AISH medical benefits card
  3. Canada Revenue Notice for most recent tax year 

Please note:

  • Fee Assistance applications are accepted year-round and any subsidy granted is valid for 1 year from date of approval. 
  • If you have received subsidy previously, applying for a new subsidy invalidates any previous subsidy balance remaining and these funds are forfeited. 
  • We recommend you contact Okotoks Recreation Centre Client Services staff at  403-938-8954 to review your current subsidy balance and expiry date before applying​.