The City of Thunder Bay, in partnership with Lakehead Social Planning Council, has launched an Affordable Access to Recreation & Transit pilot program to reduce financial barriers for eligible residents to access City recreation and transit programs and services.

The three-year pilot program is administered through the Lakehead Social Planning Council and is open to residents whose after-tax household income is at or below the low income cut-off (LICO).  Eligible residents can apply for both the Recreation and Transit programs for all adults in their household through one annual application.

“Our goal is to help ensure everyone has access to our programs and services,” said Leah Prentice, Director of Recreation & Culture. “We encourage eligible individuals to take advantage of this program so that they can participate in services that are important to their needs, health and well-being and may otherwise be financially out of reach.”

Approved individuals aged 18 and over will receive a $350 credit towards eligible City of Thunder Bay recreation and culture programs, facility bookings, and services.  Examples include admissions and memberships, facility rentals, birthday parties, and recreational programming such as courses, personal fitness coaching and adult swim lessons. Approved individuals ages 25-59 years may also purchase an Adult Monthly Bus Pass at half the current fee.

Applications for 2024 will be accepted beginning Nov. 1, on an ongoing basis. Due to participation limits, passes and credits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For application forms and more information, visit

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