Toronto’s Welcome Policy is a great program that helps low-income families stay physically active and healthy. Recreational programs usually come with a high price tag that can be a financial burden to families. Thankfully, the City of Toronto understands this challenge and helps pay for these expenses.
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How the Welcome Policy Works
Individuals are eligible for a $239 benefit and children/youth (under 25 years old) are eligible for a $514 benefit. These benefits can be used for any City of Toronto program over a 12-month period. Benefits are paid to each individual, so families can get multiple benefit payments, for example, a two-parent family with two children will receive up to $1,448 a year to help pay for their fitness programs.
Who Is Eligible for the Welcome Policy?
The aim of this program is to aid low-income households and therefore has income thresholds that are based on a household total income. Individuals that apply must be 18 years of age or older and be Toronto residents. Individuals that are on social assistance are automatically eligible and can speak with their case worker to enrol.
The following are the maximum household earnings to qualify for the Welcome Policy;
1 person – $24,328
2 persons – $30,286
3 persons – $37,234
4 persons – $45,206
5 persons – $51,272
6 persons – $57.826
7 or more persons – $64,381
Using the above example, if you are a two-parent household with two children, then your maximum household qualifying earnings is $44,340 and you’ll receive a total of $1,506 in 2016.
Applying to the Welcome Policy
To apply, you will need to submit an application that can be retrieved from; the City of Toronto’s website, by phoning 416-338-2000 or by visiting a Toronto recreational centre. The application form must be filled out, attached with proof of income and delivered to either; a Toronto Employment and Social Service office, dropped off at a Civic Centre, faxed to 416-338-5046 or mailed to the below address.
City of Toronto Welcome Policy Application 55 John Street - Mail Room Toronto, Ontario M5V 3C6
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