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City of Mississauga Promotes Affordable Recreation For All Mississauga Residents

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 Mississauga."

Active Assist

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 .

 




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Media Contact:
Dolores Bartl-Hofmann
Senior Communications Advisor, Community Services
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5051
TTY:    905-896-5151
Email:   dolores.bartlhofmann@mississauga.ca


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