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Offer input on proposal to offer City discounts based on income only

November 14, 2017 -

The City of Kingston wants your input on proposed changes that would offer discounts to access municipal programs and services based only on household income. The proposed changes would eliminate current discounts for youth and seniors in higher income brackets so that the City could target discounts to more residents with low incomes.

Go to GetInvolved.CityofKingston.ca/municipal-discounts to take an online survey about the proposed changes to discounted fees from Nov. 14 until Dec. 15.

"This is primarily about increasing access to our services to adults who are living in poverty, including those who may be working part-time and in low-paying jobs. The discounts would go to those in the greatest financial need regardless of age," says, Cheryl Hitchen, manager of social policy and strategic community development.

Right now, the City offers age-based discounts for youth and seniors at its cultural and recreational facilities and on Kingston Transit. The City also offers discounts to these same programs and services to low-income residents through its Municipal Fee Assistance program.

The proposed changes also include making the Municipal Fee Assistance program more accessible by creating an online application process.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. 

Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

Twitter: @CityofKingston
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheCityofKingston

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Media contact: For more information call the communications and customer experience department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.