Financial Assistance

The CVRD understands the value of promoting recreation and active living. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in recreation and offer the following financial assistance programs.

PLAY - Providing Leisure Access For You Program

Program Description

Through our PLAY program we offer financial assistance to qualifying residents who would like to participate in CVRD recreational activities but find it difficult to do so due to financial limitations. The PLAY program provides a combination of free and discounted rates for admissions and registered programs.


PLAY is for residents of Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland and Areas A, B, and C of the Comox Valley Regional District, who are working low income, on BC Benefits and/or with a combined gross family income below Statistics Canada Low Income Guidelines.

Application Process

Complete a PLAY application form [PDF - 295 KB]or pick one up from the CVRD Sports or Aquatics Centres. Application to the PLAY program must be made every calendar year.  

Completed applications are processed at the Sports Centre located at 3001 Vanier Drive in Courtenay.  Call 250-334-9622, ext. 221 to make an appointment. Be sure to bring the required documentation, as listed on the application form, to your PLAY appointment. 

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program

One in three Canadian families cannot afford to enrol their children in sport and recreation activities because of financial barriers (Ipsos Reid, 2009). That means that many kids are missing out.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart is dedicated to removing barriers, so children can participate in organized sport and recreation. We see it as equipping kids for life, because participation in organized sport and recreation increases a child's chance for success in life. They discover and participate. They gain self-confidence. They develop self-esteem. They learn leadership skills. Their lives become richer. This is the power of Canadian Tire Jumpstart.

To find out more about the program and give children a sporting chance go to the Canadian Tire Jumpstart website.

Children's Fitness Tax Credit 

Child Fitness Tax Credit receipts for eligible programs have been emailed to those with an email address on file and the rest are available for pick up at the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre located at 377 Lerwick Road, Courtenay during regular business hours from January 25 until May 31, 2016.

Children's Fitness Tax Credit
Many of the CVRD’s physical activity programs for children and teens (under the age of 16) may be eligible for the federal government Children’s Fitness Tax Credit. The Children’s Fitness Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit of up to $1,000 per eligible child. This credit may be claimed for the 2015 calendar year by parents who have registered their child in eligible programs of physical activity. 

What kinds of programs are eligible for the credit?
The credit applies to supervised children's programs that have a significant physical-activity component, where participation over time can be reasonably expected to result in improved fitness, particularly cardio-respiratory endurance, as well as muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and balance. 

Duration of programs
To be eligible, programs must be ongoing. Which means they must be a minimum of eight consecutive weeks, with a minimum of one session per week, or in the case of children’s camps, five consecutive days.

The CVRD provides receipts for registration of all programs and lessons at time of payment. Child fitness tax receipts are available for pick up at the CVRD’s aquatic centre located at 377 Lerwick Road, Courtenay until May 31, 2016.

For more information on the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit contact the Canada Revenue Agency.