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Municipal Fee Assistance Program

Municipal fee assistance is designed for people with lower incomes who might find it difficult to pay the fees associated with some programs or services.

Services provided 

We offer different programs that could help you if you live in a lower-income household. The funding is given out to those who apply first and it is available until all the money set aside for the program in a year is used up.

You can get a discounted monthly transit pass that you can renew. Learn more about the Transit Fares and Passes.

The Low-Income Health Benefit Program applies if you are a resident who is not on Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program. It helps you with vision, dental, and prescription medication expenses. 

Adult dental care 

You must be 18 years or older (if you are 17 and younger you are covered under the Healthy Smiles program). If you are 65 years of age or older you can apply for the Canadian Dental Care Program (CDCP) which is a government funded program that provides free, routine dental services for low-income seniors.

    • Includes routine cleaning, emergency restorative and preventative dental and denture care services. 
    • Does not include dental treatment received before your eligibility was determined. 

Vision care 

    • Eye exam applies for those who are between 20 to 64 years old (OHIP covers eye examinations for people under 20 and 65 or older). 
    • It also includes prescription eyeglass lenses and frames or contact lenses (where appropriate) for people of all ages. 

Prescription medications 

    • The Ontario Drug Benefit Plan covers medications for individuals between 25 to 64 years of age. An authorized healthcare provider must prescribe these medications, and they should be listed in the Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary.
    • OHIP+ provides free medications for all children and youth up to 24 years of age. 
    • If you spend three or four per cent of your after-tax household income on prescription drugs, you can access the Trillium Drug Program. 

We want to ensure that everyone who has a pet in Kingston is a responsible pet owner. You might be eligible for a $250 voucher to have your pet spayed or neutered. Learn more about Animal and Pet Services.

The Subsidy Program for Affordable Recreation in Kingston (SPARK) helps reduce the cost of City recreation programs for Kingston residents. You get funds on a first-come, first-served basis until the budget is used up.  

SPARK can be used for various programs and makes it easy to access gym and pool activities. Learn more about the Affordable Recreation Program.

If you have recently started employment (part-time or full-time), you can get a free two-month Kingston transit pass to help you with your work commute.

Grand OnSTAGE offers discounted tickets to Municipal Fee Assistance Program members. Learn more about Grand Theatre Discount Programs.

The PumpHouse Museum offers a 50 per cent discount on general admission, season passes, and tours at any time during the season. Learn more about the Kingston PumpHouse Museum.

How to apply

Create a MyKingston account to easily apply for Municipal Fee Assistance online.

Other signup options


In-person: Visit Housing and Social Services located at 362 Montreal St. to apply in person.

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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