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Recreation Program Fees Assistance Program

RecACCESS is intended to ensure all residents have an opportunity to participate in recreation programs and activities, regardless of their financial situation.

The City provides a wide range of recreation and physical activity programs. While subsidized by tax revenues from the citizens of Barrie, these programs often include a registration fee to offset program costs. RecACCESS is a fee assistance program that provides support to low-income families and individuals in Barrie by providing qualifying participants with a RecPASS membership and youth credits that can be applied to the registration fee for qualifying programs and activities. 

Interested participants must complete an application form and provide documents (as indicated on the form) related to financial and family situation. Approved participants, including immediate family members, will have a membership set up and youth will have a credit added to a special RecACCESS account within the City's Recreation Registration System. Youth participants then register for the programs and activities following normal registration procedures, with the credit on their account used to pay associated registration fees in whole or in part.

 Fully QualifiedPartially Qualified
under 18
$150 for Registered Programs
RecPASS Membership
$75 for Registered Programs
RecPASS Membership
AdultRecPASS MembershipRecPASS Membership

Who Can Apply?

All applicants must be permanent full-time residents of Barrie. This criteria applies to individual applicants and all family members who will receive a RecACCESS grant benefit.  In addition, total net household income must fall under one of the following limits:

Maximum Qualifying Household Net Income Limits
Limit for
Limit for
Partial RecACCESS
1 person$20,952$26,190
2 persons$26,082$32,603
3 persons$32,065$40,081
4 persons$38,931$48,664
5 persons$44,154$55,193
6 persons$49,800$62,250
7 persons$55,444$69,305
each additional+ $5,644+ $7,055
Amounts based on 2014 LICOs. Subject to change.

Individual applicants (family size: 1 person) must be 18 or older and have no dependants, and must not be married or living in a legally recognized common-law relationship. The individual RecACCESS benefit may only be used by the applicant and is not transferrable.

Applications for 2 persons or more must be completed when the primary applicant is married or in a common-law relationship, or where the applicant wishes RecACCESS grant benefits to be applicable to immediate family members or other dependents living in the same household for which the applicant is the primary caregiver. 

Applicants who are under the age of 18 and are supported by a caregiver will only be considered as part of a family application. Applicants who are over the age of 18 but under the age of 25, and who are enrolled in a full-time post secondary education program will only be considered as part of a family application (proof of enrollment within a qualifying full-time post-secondary education program must be provided at the time of registration).

Application Process

  • All applicants must complete the the full application package, which includes:

    1.  RecACCESS application form  (also available at all community centres, and eighth floor of City Hall).

    2.   Copies of supporting documents (as listed on the application form)
  • Drop off completed application package to Allandale, East Bayfield, or Peggy Hill Te​am Community Centre​ during regular operating hours.
  • Confirmation of status will be received within 10–14 business days
  • Upon approval, youth can be registered for programs using RecACCESS credits issued

Program Registration

RecACCESS credits may be applied against registered recreation programs provided directly by the City of Barrie. Please note that INELIGIBLE recreation programs and services include the following:

  • Additional program equipment charges (uniform, art supplies, etc.);
  • Private or semi-private swimming and skating lessons, personal fitness training;
  • 1:1 Inclusion Support Services; 
  • City of Barrie Marina slip lease or reservatons;
  • Room and/or facility rentals;
  • Drop-in for gym, swim, skate, fitness and 55+ Centres programs.
  • Childcare


Personal information collected for the RecACCESS program is collected pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, M.56, R.S.O. 1990, as amended, and will be used for the purpose of administering the RecACCESS fee assistance program, administration of the City of Barrie’s recreation programs including registration in these programs, and for periodic mailings pertaining to RecACCESS, and the City of Barrie’s recreation programs.  

Additional Financial Support

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Jumpstart is a national charity that offers financial support to assist families living below Revenue Canada’s Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO) with the costs of registration, equipment, and/or transportation for children and youth’s recreation and sport programs. You can find more information for Jumpstart on their Individual Child Grants page.

Passport Funding

The Passport program helps adults with a developmental disability stay involved in their communities and live as independently as possible. It provides direct funding for community participation services and supports (e.g., recreation programs). The program also provides funding for caregiver respite for primary caregivers of adults with developmental disabilities. For more information, visit Passport’s website.

Simcoe County Child Care Fee Subsidy

The Simcoe County offers financial assistance for child care fees to eligible low income families within Simcoe County. These fees can help subsidize the costs of recreation programs that offer full time care like day camps. For more information on eligibility or to apply, visit Simcoe County’s Child Care Fee Subsidy page.

Youth Reach

An evolving not-for-profit organization IN Simcoe County supporting youth and families who might not otherwise participate in recreational activities, YouthReach administrates funding to assist financially challenged families and youth trying to access recreational and social programs.


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