The Parks and Recreation Financial Assistance Program is designed to support eligible residents participate in year-round active living. Eligible residents are entitled to a 50% fee discount on eligible registered programs. Memberships are not eligible during COVID-19.
Parks and Recreation also offers a number of free and low cost ($2 admission) drop-in opportunities in swimming, skating, sports and more. Visit the Drop-In Schedule
web page for details on what and when.
Registered programs are eligible unless they involve a third party operator; the fee is already subsidized; it is a private or semi-private lessons; and/or involves transportation costs.
Parks and Recreation will offer about 20 drop-in services per week with a reduced $2.00 admission fee to encourage participation and promote a ‘Try It’ experience for swimming, skating, fitness, sports, etc. The discounted $2.00 admission services are subject to change seasonally and are available to all customers, of any age, without restriction.
How do I apply?
There are two ways to apply and prove eligibility for Financial Assistance:
Have a social service agency complete the Financial Assistance Referral Letter
and bring it, with proof of New Westminster residency, to a Recreation Facility customer service staff member during office hours. The Referral Letter can also be emailed to
and we will then contact you about your application and process.
2. Bring proof that household income is below $50,000 (using one of the two document options listed below) and proof of New Westminster residency to a Recreation Facility customer service staff member during office hours.
i. Canada Revenue Agency Tax Assessment (dated within the past 12 months) or
ii. Federal Government Child Benefit Notice (dated within the past 12 months)
How does the Financial Assistance Program Work?
Once approved, staff will create a Parks and Recreation account for you and other eligible household family members. Each family member will be provided 1,000 credits that can immediately be used to reduce the fee by up to 50% on eligible purchases through staff or through your online account. The credits have a one-year expiry, are non-transferable and have no cash value. After your credits expire, you can reapply using the application process.