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Affordable Recreation Program

Our Subsidy Program for Affordable Recreation in Kingston (SPARK) is here to help eligible people in Kingston save money on our recreational and leisure programs. You can use SPARK to pay for programs, memberships or single-use passes. It is given out on a first-come, first-served basis until the yearly budget is used up.  

Each eligible family member can receive up to $300 in support from SPARK every year. 

How do I apply to access SPARK?

  1. Sign up/log in to MyKingston and select the Municipal Fee Assistance Program (MFAP)
  2. Once we confirm your eligibility, we will give you an MFAP card for each eligible family member. Please remember that you need to wait for three business days before signing up for recreation programs. 
  3. Bring your MFAP card to one of the following recreation centres to create your recreation account and sign up for programs and fitness memberships: 
    • Rideau Heights Community Centre (85 MacCauley St.) 
    • Artillery Park Aquatic Centre (382 Bagot St.) 
    • INVISTA Centre (1350 Gardiners Rd.) 

What programs can I use my SPARK funding for?  

You can register for recreation and leisure programs, memberships or one-time passes, and we will deduct the cost electronically from your approved amount for: 

  • Summer and March break camps
  • Swimming lessons 
  • Drop-in skating, swimming and sports programs 
  • Fitness, dance, yoga, sport and interest courses 
  • Babysitting courses, first aid courses and lifeguard certification courses 
  • Personal training and fitness memberships 

See more available programs and membership options in Activities and Recreation.

Need help?

If you need assistance with program registration or have questions about SPARK, please reach out to our SPARK coordinator at 613-546-4291 ext. 1900. SPARK appointments take place at Rideau Heights Community Centre.

The City of Kingston acknowledges that we are on the traditional homeland of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and the Huron-Wendat, and thanks these nations for their care and stewardship over this shared land.

Today, the City is committed to working with Indigenous peoples and all residents to pursue a united path of reconciliation.

Learn more about the City's reconciliation initiatives.

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