The 2018 SPARK funding has been allocated and no further registrations are being accepted at this time.

The Subsidy program for affordable recreation in Kingston (SPARK) reduces the cost of City-run recreation and leisure programs for Kingston residents of all ages. This funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis until the annual budget has been spent.

How do I access SPARK?

Families or individuals must apply through the Municipal Fee Assistance Program (MFAP) at community services, 362 Montreal St. 

If your household's after-tax income falls below Statistics Canada's Low Income Cut-off (LICO) amount, everyone in your household is eligible to receive financial assistance for recreation through SPARK – and other City-run programs.  

After your eligibility is confirmed, contact SPARK (613-546-4291, ext.1700/1800) to set up an appointment to register for a recreation program, fitness membership or service. 

Our SPARK coordinator will help you find a recreation program that suits you. SPARK contributes a maximum of $300 per calendar year for each person in an eligible household.

What to bring to your SPARK appointment

You must bring the following with you to your appointment with the SPARK coordinator:

All SPARK appointments take place at the Artillery Park Aquatic Centre

What programs can I use my SPARK funding for?  

Those eligible for SPARK can register for City-run recreation and leisure programs, memberships or one-time passes and the cost will be electronically deducted from their approved amount. SPARK funding can be used for:

  • Summer camps and March Break camps  
  • Swimming, skating and skateboard 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 available programs and membership options in the Recreation & Leisure Guide or at