Apr 27, 2009
The City of Mississauga will launch a new fee assistance program "Active Assist"
on May 4, 2009, to enable residents living in low-income households to register and participate
in structured, quality recreation activities.
"The benefits of publicly supported recreation and active living programs are essential
to improving and maintaining personal health," said director of Recreation and Parks John
Lohuis. "As well, active living for all ages contributes to community and
neighbourhood development and to the overall quality of life enjoyed by citizens of
Active Assist provides eligible low-income households a fee credit of $275 per person, per
year, deposited into their Recreation and Parks program account. The credit can be applied to
activities such as swimming, skating, fitness and summer camps.
Lohuis explained that "The Active Assist fee assistance program is an innovative,
cost-effective approach to ensure that every resident, regardless of financial circumstances,
experiences play without barriers, engages in positive and high quality leisure activities and
enjoys good health through participation in recreation."
Eligibility for the Active Assist program is based on economic need -- individuals and
families whose financial circumstances make them unable to pay for recreation programs and
services offered by the City -- and Low-Income Cut Offs (LICO) established by Statistics
Canada. In its first year, the program is being offered to 2,500 residents. If demand
exceeds that number, families will be issued a 12-month swim and skate pass.
Applications for Active Assist may be made in person at any City of Mississauga Recreation
and Parks Community Centre or the Customer Service Centre located at Mississauga Central
Library, Ground Floor. A specific appointment time is not necessary, however, may be arranged
in advance by phoning the applicable location.
Mississauga's Active Assist program was developed with support from the Region of Peel Human
Services staff who administers a range of social service programs for fixed income residents in
Mississauga including Ontario Works, Peel Housing and subsidized childcare.
Visit www.mississauga.ca/activeassist for more
information and a complete listing of all Recreation and Parks programs. For further
information about Active Assist, call 905-615-4100.
Additional City/Community-Sponsored Recreation Programs:
Walmart At Play Mississauga
Walmart At Play Mississauga was started in 2006 as an after-school program to provide youth,
specifically those "at risk" with a safe, positive environment to learn new sports
and have fun.
The current sponsors are: Walmart Canada Corporation, Pepsi Bottling Group, Sysco Food
Systems of Toronto and the Egg Farmers of Ontario. The 2008 attendance was just under 24,000
children across Mississauga.
Jerry Love Children's Fund
The Jerry Love Fund makes recreation programs accessible to families with children who are
unable to afford them. The fund raises thousands of dollars each year to ensure that
children in need have opportunity to learn, play and have fun.
For further information about the city's Recreation and Parks programs and services check
online at www.mississauga.ca/connect2rec .
Senior Communications Advisor, Community Services
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5051