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Fee Assistance


In order to get access to Calgary Recreation's Fee Assistance Program, each applicant must first be approved by Fair Entry. For application information please visit Fair Entry.

Note: Once you are approved for The City's Fair Entry program (and have chosen Calgary Recreation Fee Assistance), you can attend any Calgary Recreation leisure centre or aquatics centre to receive your Calgary Recreation Fee Assistance Card and begin using it right away. Please provide Recreation staff with your Fair Entry approval letter and a piece of photo ID so they can search your information quickly.

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For questions, review the Fee Assistance Program’s Frequently Asked Questions. If your question is not addressed, contact 311 and ask to be put in touch with the Fee Assistance group.


Registered Programs

Note – Fee Assistance cannot be applied to online registrations. 

Almost all registered programs offered by the City are eligible under the Fee Assistance program (some restrictions may apply).
Children and youth (17 years of age and under) may take up to four programs to a maximum subsidy of $250 (whichever comes first) during a 12 month period. Fee assistance recipients receive 90% of the registration fee to a maximum of a $100 credit towards their program. For example, if a program was $39.50, the fee assistance rate would be $3.95. For a day camp that costs $168, the fee assistance rate would be $68. The customer pays the total balance due, on any charges over and above the $250 maximum subsidy.
Adults may register in one program per 12 month period and pay 10 per cent of the registration fee. The maximum subsidy is $50. The customer pays the total balance that is over the maximum subsidy, For example, a class that costs $41.15 would cost $4.11 under fee assistance.


Aquatic Fitness Facilities and Leisure Centres - Customers with a Fee Assistance card will receive a 75% discount on the general admission drop-in rates at our Indoor Pools, Fitness, and Leisure Centres.
10x or 30x and Build-a-Pass - Fee Assistance participants will also receive a 75% discount on 10X, 30X and Build-a-Pass (a monthly or yearly pass program) passes with the following criteria:
  • Passes MUST expire prior to or at the same time as your Fee Assistance subsidy.
  • With the exception of the 12 month passes. Those MUST expire prior or within 15 days of your Fee Assistance expiry.
  • For 10X and 30X passes it will be as follows:


​Can be purchased at the Fee Assistance rate of 75% off admission during (*Note – 12 month passes MUST expire prior or within 15 days of your Fee Assistance Expiry date):

​10X Passes

​Months 1 through 12 of subsidy year*

​30X Passes

​Months 1 through 11 of subsidy year

Note - If it is 10 days until subsidy expires a 10x pass can be purchased. If 8 days or less until subsidy expiry, no pass can be purchased.

Differed/Scheduled payments will only be offered at the Leisure Centres and only on 12 month passes. All pass rules will apply (i.e. $25.00 administration fee, two months up front).

*NOTE – Any Fee Assistance customer with an existing 10X or 30X pass can upgrade to a Build-a-Pass with no administration charge. All passes expire 24 months after purchase.

Adult golf - A client with a valid fee assistance card (additional ID may be required) can visit any open clubhouse in person and request a fee assistance card for golf: 10x pass to be marked off for each round played. You must bring your fee assistance card (additional ID may be required) and golf card with each visit. The rate charged is 65% off adult green fee rate. (Varies by course and day of the week Golf Courses). Time Restrictions:
  • Valid Monday to Thursday before 3 p.m. (excluding holidays) and after 2 p.m. Friday to Sunday and holidays.
  • Valid anytime at Par 3 courses.
Junior golf - Boys and girls ages 6-15 years of age who have been approved for fee assistance have access to free opportunities to learn and play golf through The City's Junior Golf Subsidy program.

Support Workers / Aides

For information on Support Workers / Aides please click here.

Fee Assistance Partners

In order to access all partner facilities at the Fee Assistance rate, each person must show their Calgary Recreation Fee Assistance card. A Fee Assistance rate is available at the following facilities:
Individual Fee Assistance partners set their own rates. The rates may change without notice. *Note – Your Recreation subsidy will not be impacted should you visit any of our partners.

Through Fee Assistance you will also receive:

One free Calgary Public Library card per person as well as access to the Sun Life Financial Arts and Culture Pass. For more info go to The initiative is in partnership with Sun Life Financial, The Calgary Public Library and the City of Calgary Fee Assistance Program.

A big thank you...

Fee assistance is funded by the City of Calgary, The City of Calgary Children's Reserve Fund and Canadian Tire Jumpstart.