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On Tuesday, August 7, the newly revamped Recreation Access Program (RAP) is launching a pilot project to bring support for eligible applicants to access the Eastlink Centre.
Formerly known as the Low-Income Recreation Access (LIRA) program, the new program now offers a 75% subsidy on Eastlink Centre memberships and passes for qualifying applicants. To be eligible, applicants must have an income at or below the Low-Income Cut-Off level (as established by Statistics Canada) + 30%. Participants then pay only 25% of the regular fare.
“Affordable recreation options increase the opportunity for many of our residents to be included and feel a sense of belonging. The program is greatly beneficial as it enhances family and social connectedness, while helping people improve personal health, which all contributes to a healthy and thriving community,” says Angela Sutherland, Community Social Development Manager.
“The new model is based off of other successful examples from other municipalities. With the new approach, we’re able to enhance the financial sustainability of the program while continuing to remove financial barriers for residents to improve their health and well-being,” says Jim Weller, Eastlink Centre General Manager.
Interested residents can call 780-830-5000 to book an application appointment at the Eastlink Centre.
For more information, visit cityofgp.com/rap or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-830-5000.
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