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Low to No Cost Recreation

L.I.F.E. - Leisure Involvement for Everyone

Low to No Cost Recreation includes our L.I.F.E. program, free opportunities, and grant resources.

L.I.F.E. (Leisure Involvement For Everyone)

The L.I.F.E. program assists individuals and families living on a low incomes to access Saanich Recreation programs and services.
L.I.F.E. Program Video

Who Is Eligible?

The L.I.F.E. Program is designed for individuals and families in Saanich who are living on a low income or on B.C. Benefits (Income Assistance, B.C. Benefits Disability, and Youth Works).

For the LIFE program your combined income must be at or below the Statistics Canada for the previous year.

Applicants for 2016 please use the following numbers:

How Do I Apply?

LIFE is available in all Greater Victoria municipalities.  Applicants must apply in the municipality in which they reside.  LIFE applications are paperless.  Go to any of the four Saanich Recreation Centres (Gordon Head, Cedar Hill, G. R. Pearkes, or Saanich Commonwealth Place) with the following information:

  1. proof of residency (water bill, hydro bill, rental agreement etc.)
  2. proof of income (combined LINE 150 from the most recent Notice of Assessment (taxes) of all applicants in the applying household) We will accept the Notice of Assessment from 2 years previous up until June 1st of the present year after which point only the past year's Notice of Assessment will be accepted.

Please bring supporting documents 1 & 2 listed above to one of our four Saanich Recreation Centres and our reception staff will help you.

If you are unable to provide your proof of income through a recent Notice of Assessment please contact our LIFE Programmer, Mena Westhaver, at 250-475-5407. We want to serve you quickly and efficiently.  If you would prefer a private interview, please let Mena know.

Apply for LIFE 2016 starting November 15, 2015 What has the LIFE Program meant to me?

If you qualify, you will receive a choice for each family member:

Option A:  One Access Card with Coupon stickers attached.

  • Access Card
    Your access card is valid at any of the 11 recreation centre in Greater Victoria. It entitles the holder to 52 free drop-in activities. 
  • Coupons
    Each LIFE member will receive a variety of coupon offerings (including a FREE orientation to our weight room for those participants 13 years and over) on a sticker that will be placed on the back of their Saanich Access Card. Coupons are available for adults, teens, and children.


Option B:  Saanich Annual Membership at 50% discount off the regular cost.

  • Saanich Annual Membership
    If you or a family member choose the annual pass at 50% off, it can be paid in full at the time of registration or over 12 equal monthly payments.  Each membership is valid for one year from the date of purchase.

Please bring each family member to one of our recreation centres to have their photo taken for their access card and receive their complete LIFE product.  This is a requirement of the application process.


Full-time students of UVic, Royal Roads, and Camosun College are NOT eligible for the LIFE program. Spouses and dependents of students (that are not students themselves) are still eligible.

Coupons, Access Cards, and Membership Passes are non-transferable.

General enquiries: 250-475-5424


Visit our Active Living Guide to see a variety of low to no cost recreation opportunities available for you and your family.



Saanich Recreation and thousands of children ages 4-18 years across the country have been fortunate to have had the support of the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program.  Through ongoing fundraising efforts, we continue to be able to provide funding opportunities through this program.  If you are living on a low income and are finding it difficult to fund your child's recreation requests, please complete this application form and return to:  Mena Westhaver, District of Saanich, Community Services Programmer at


kidsFUND Powered by Saanich Legacy Foundation The Saanich Legacy Foundation and the District of Saanich are committed to keeping kids well by providing them a means to live a healthy ACTIVE lifestyle through social engagement and PLAY opportunities!
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Last modified: June 02, 2016