Accessible Recreation and Assistance

Financial Assistance

The following financial assistance programs are available to residents of the South Okanagan.

Access Pass

Access Passes are available to persons with a permanent cognitive or physical disability. Access Pass holders are entitled to a 25% discount off 10 ticket, 1 month, 3 month, 6 month and 12 month passes to the fitness room, pool or combo fitness room & pool (including promotional deals). 

Click to download an application form and more information.

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Children's Fitness Tax Credit

The Federal Government created the Children's Fitness Tax Credit to cover eligible registration fees of up to $500 for enrolment in a physical activity program. The purpose of this credit is to facilitate access by children and youth to physical activity and recreation programs, as a means of helping them stay active and healthy.

More information on the Children's Fitness and ArtsTax Credits are available on the Revenue Canada website.

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Jumpstart - Canadian Tire

Canadian Tire supports the Jumpstart program throughout Canada. There is South Okanagan Chapter that supports children who live from Summerland to Peachland who have an economic barriar to recreation. Complete the application (hardcopies are available at the Penticton Community Centre) and fax it to 250-490-2446, scan and email or drop off at the Penticton Community Centre, 325 Power St.

For more information checkout Jumpstart and Kidsport FAQs: call Kelsey at 250-490-2441, email or visit Canadian Tire Jumpstart for more information.

Not sure if you should apply to Jumpstart of Kidsport? Check out these handy hints.

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KidSport Penticton

Funding is available to provide assistance for children 6-18 years old who live in Penticton, Kaleden, Naramata and the Penticton Indian Bandages to participate in Sport BC recognized leagues and programs. The KidSport Penticton program is sustained by contributions from individual and corporate sponsors.

Kidsport is an organization separate from the Community Centre and City of Penticton. The Community Centre supports Kidsport with a mailbox and provides the KidSport application form online . Drop-off your completed application form at the Community Centre, 325 Power St. The Penticton Kidsport Commitee will be in touch.

For more information email Kidsport or checkout Jumpstart and Kidsport FAQs.

Not sure if you should apply to Jumpstart of Kidsport? Check out these handy hints

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LIFE Program (Leisure Involvement for Everyone)

LIFE is designed to provide free and low cost recreation opportunities through the Penticton Community Centre to residents of Penticton on a limited family income. Life Information is available online or at the Community Centre. Click here for the form and return your completed form to the Community Centre, 325 Power St or fax it to 250-490-2427.

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Accessible Recreation

 

The Penticton Community Centre welcomes people of all ability levels to participate in our facility. We strive to ensure everyone has access to recreation opportunities regardless of disability, race, gender, religion or income. We also understand that disabilities include wide ranges of abilities and impairments beyond mobility and agility-related disabilities to sensory impairment and intellectual disabilities.

Providing opportunities for meaningful inclusion through participation in recreation is important to us. We encourage people with disabilities to tour our facility and consider using our fitness room, with some wheelchair accessible machines, and pool. Many accessible features have been added through the facility expansion project including accessible pool change rooms, zero entry ramps in to the pools, and expanded floor space in the fitness room.

We are always looking for community input on how to improve accessibility and programming in our facility. If you have suggestions, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us at rec@penticton.ca, 250-490-2426 or visit us at the Community Centre.


The Community Centre also offers accessible programs for people with disabilities including:

  • Kids in Motion
    (5 - 12 years)
    This session is created for children extra assistance participating in activities. Students will develop motor skills on a variety of gym equipment. Parents or Teaching Assistants participation required.
  • Teens in Motion
    (12 - 18 years)
    This session is created for teens requiring extra assistance participating in activities. Teens will develop motor skills on a variety of gym equipment and through other activities. Parents or Teaching Assistants participation required.
  • Special Needs Hockey
    (9 - 29 years)
    A safe and fun learn to play hockey program for players with developmental disabilities. Program is open to both boys and girls who are physically able to skate. Some equipment is available to those in need; please inquire. Call 250-490-2437 for more information.
  • New Waves Swim Program
    (all ages)
    Designed for all individuals requiring extra assistance in an aquatic setting, the program is based upon the restoration and reinforcement of natural mechanisms of the Mind-Body system. New Waves individualizes programs for children and adults who have different developmental challenges and promotes the possibility of joyful creative learning, personality growth, perspective, effective constructing and development of learning skills and abilities. Call 250-490-2426 for more information.

We are always looking for community input on how to improve accessibility and programming in our facility.If you have suggestions, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us at rec@penticton.ca, 250-490-2426 or visit us at the Community Centre.

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