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Valley pilot project aims to ease recreational financial barriers for young people

Kids 18 and under may now have an easier time getting into activities.

The three municipalities of Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland along with the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) will be joining on a Leisure for Everyone Accessibility Program (LEAP) pilot project for youth.

Youth 18 and under will now be able to apply and receive 52 free drop-ins for rec programs at local government rec centres, around one per week in each of the four communities, according to the CVRD.

The program will cover all drop-in programs from swimming to hockey and tot programs, according to the district. Eligibility will be determined through the Statistics Canada Low Income Measure, according to the CVRD.

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Comox Valley Recreation Commission chair Daniel Arbour says the program is designed so that no youth are left behind.

“We know how important it is for young people to have access to recreation,” said Arbour. “This program will help build a strong foundation for youth, and support them with healthy habits as they reach teenage years.”

The CVRD says the pilot program is targeting youth as they have a large presence in rec activities until the age of 13, and then participation drops off.

Proof of residency in the Comox Valley is required along with BC ID or BC Services cards for each family member.

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To apply, go to any of the rec centres in the towns or visit their websites.

READ MORE: Youth multi-service centre to open this spring in the Comox Valley

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