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Fee Assistance Program

The City of Lethbridge Fee Assistance Program supports Lethbridge residents who face financial barriers. Through an application process, participants can access public transit and recreation and culture programs and activities at a subsidized cost.

Fee Assistance Program Policy

Your personal information will remain confidential, however, in order to confirm registration details contained within your application, we may be required to discuss your application with the community organization coordinating your registered program.

The Fee Assistance program offers funding for low income and refugee individuals and families. The program subsidizes the cost of recreation and culture programs. 

Program details

Funding is available for one program/activity, to a maximum of $150 per person, per season, while funds are available.

  • Seasons span from January 1 – June 30, and July 1 – December 31

Gross household income is required to meet Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) thresholds

  • see details under low income qualifications

Activity/program requirements

To qualify for Fee Assistance, recreation and culture programs and activities must:

  • Be a Lethbridge organization or an organization with a branch in Lethbridge that holds a business license in Lethbridge.
  • Be a minimum of 4 days/classes in length, be a camp, or be used for a membership at any organization that offers recreational or cultural activities, including virtual classes.
  • Be eligible for federal tax credits under the former Physical Activity of Arts and Culture tax credit guidelines.

Reimbursable fees (i.e: fundraising or uniform deposits), travel to our-of-town competition, or programs of three days or less are ineligible for Fee Assistance.

The Fee Assistance Program helps support both low income and refugee individuals and families by providing 2/3 of the funding required for Lethbridge Transit bus passes. 

Program details

Applicants can apply for this program at any time throughout the year but will need to re-apply every three months.

Through this program, participants pay for a 1 month bus pass and receive 2 additional months for free.

  • Adults = $77.00/month
  • Youths = $62.00/month
  • Seniors = $28.00/month

Fee Assistance will cover the $5.00 fee for brand new cards. 

Applicants are responsible for any additional costs regarding stolen or lost cards. 

Qualification for the Fee Assistance Program program is based on gross household income and must meet Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) thresholds.

If one person in the household is currently on Employment Insurance (EI), and the other adult is working, the combined gross income will be used for the application process. If the combined income is higher than the LICO threshold, the household does not qualify for subsidy.

Low Income Cut-Off Thresholds (LICO)

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Fee Assistance support is available for refugees or Ukrainian individuals/families under the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel Program (CAUET). 

Anyone needing help filling out the Fee Assistance Program application can access community support.

Those needing computer access can visit::

Those needing help with their application can visit: 

To find recreational and cultural programs in Lethbridge, try these local resources

Select a resource below to find additional financial support for recreational and cultural programs.

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