The Town of Aurora will begin accepting 2023 F.A.I.R. Access applications online and in-person as of December 1, 2022. All applications must be resubmitted annually with appropriate supplementary documentation to verify eligibility. Please complete an application form for 2023 even if you have successfully received funding for 2022.


F.A.I.R. Access

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F.A.I.R. Access (Fee Assistance in Recreation) is a confidential fee assistance program for residents of Aurora to use for meaningful access to recreation programs and memberships. Qualifying Town of Aurora residents may receive up to $250 per person per calendar year to use towards a recreation program or drop-in activity of their choice. Residents qualify based on their L.I.M. (Low Income Measure) as per Statistics Canada.


Application Timing & Processes

The approximate processing time for Fee Assistance applications is 2 to 4 weeks from the time of submission. We strongly advise that families apply well in advance (minimum 4 weeks) before the designated registration start date of the program you wish to register for. You will be notified by a Town Employee via phone or email advising you of your application status. Funding is not retroactive, and cannot be applied or used towards registrations made prior to funding approval.


How to Apply

Simply complete this online form and provide all required documents.

F.A.I.R. Access - Application Form


FAQ's

Check out the list of frequently asked questions.

When can I register for a program?

Once you receive confirmation of funding approval, please check program registration dates in your Recreation Guide or on our Program Guide webpage. Successful applicants will then be asked to email our Subsidy team with program selections for assistance with enrollment.

Registered Programs - Pre-registration is required for registered programs. Register online at e-PLAY or pay in-person at one of our recreation facilities (A.F.L.C. or S.A.R.C.).

Drop-Ins & Memberships - To learn about admission to drop-in activities and memberships, please visit our Pass Validation webpage.

How long does the application and approval process take?
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and may take up to 4 weeks to review, process and approve. Please check registration dates ahead of time to ensure adequate amount of time for your application to be reviewed prior to registration opening.
Is there a deadline to apply for funds by?
Yes. Year-end cut-off is December 16, 2022. All applicants must apply by this deadline for financial assistance within this fiscal year.
Is there an age limit to apply for this funding?
No. Financial assistance through the Town’s F.A.I.R. Access program is available to Aurora residents of all ages. Residents only qualify based on their L.I.M. (Low Income Measure) as per Statistics Canada. Unlike some other subsidy programs available that residents may be familiar with, there are no age cut-offs associated with this financial assistance program.
What is L.I.M. - Low Income Measure?

The Low Income Measures (L.I.M.'s) are a set of thresholds estimated by Statistics Canada that identify Canadians whose incomes are below half of the median of the adjusted income distribution. To be eligible for F.A.I.R. Access Funding, your family income (after taxes) must be below or at the income listed in the Statistics Canada Low Income Measure cut-off table (see chart below). Family size includes you, spouse, partner and dependents living in the household.

Low Income Measures (L.I.M.)

Household Size

After-Tax Income

Household Size

After-Tax Income

1 person

$25,153

6 people

$61,612

2 people

$35,572

7 people

$66,549

3 people

$43,566

8 people

$71,143

4 people

$50,306

9 people

$75,459

5 people

$56,244

10 people

$79,541

How do I use the funds? 

Once approved, available funding will be associated with the account of the designated patron. You can use this funding towards a registered program/drop-in activity by emailing our Subsidy team for that specific registrant.

Does approval of my application guarantee program choice? 
No. Registration in programs is dependent on space availability.
Is there any parent/guardian contribution required after funding has been provided? 
There may be. If a program cost exceeds the $250 provided, the family must pay the remaining balance of the program.
What is my timeline to use my funding? 
Funding must be used within the calendar year it was provided (for example - by December 31 of the year you were granted the funding).
Do I have to reapply for F.A.I.R. Access Funding every year? 
Yes. Applications must be resubmitted with appropriate supplementary documentation each year.
What is the total amount of funding I can receive? 
Each person can receive $250 per year. If applying for multiple people in the same family, each family member would receive $250 per year.
What can I use my funding for? 
Any recreation program or membership offered by the Town of Aurora. This includes (but is not limited to) swimming lessons (private and group), preschool programs, children’s programs, inclusion adapted programs, adult programs, fitness memberships, drop-ins and Summer Camps.
If I don't finish my funding, can I apply it to my child? 
No. Funding cannot be shared or re-distributed to other family members. Once each member has used their $250, their funding is depleted for the year.

Contact

Franco DeMarco
Recreation Supervisor, Community Programs
365-500-3158
Email Franco DeMarco