What is the Fair Entry program?
The City of Medicine Hat acknowledges social wellness as a priority and that public services will be reasonably accessible to residents, regardless of their income status. The Fair Entry program is designed to assist low income families/individuals to enjoy programs throughout the city through subsidized user fees. Eligible users will have access to the following:
- Recreation User Fee Assistance - 50% off up to $100 per year for City of Medicine Hat regular-priced recreation program and admissions at the Family Leisure Centre, Crestwood Recreation Centre and city-run outdoor pools.
- Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre Galleries (Art, Museum, Archives) – 50% off maximum of $20 per year admission to the Galleries.
- Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre Education Programs – 50% off percent off up to $100 per year for educational programs directly provided by staff.
- Seniors Centre/Meals on Wheels – 50% off fees up to $100 per year for programs and/or services that are directly provided by staff (*note: a separate application is required to access the Meals on Wheels program).
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What do I need to apply?
We ask for two items: Proof of Medicine Hat Address and Proof of Income
- Proof of Medicine Hat Address (P.O. Boxes or Rural Route Addresses are not accepted)
- A copy of your Alberta Driver’s License
- A copy of your Alberta ID Card
- A copy of utility, telephone, or cable bill dated within the last 30 days
- A copy of a government document with your name and address dated within the last 30 days
- Signed lease agreements
- Proof(s) of Income – You can apply to Fair Entry with eight different proofs of income:
Please submit a copy of ONE
of these documents with your application. Please check which document you are submitting. A copy of the document MUST accompany your application for each member of your household 18 years or older. If you are submitting documents on behalf of another person over the age of 18, you must complete an authorization consent form, in section (xx).
A total household income must be less than the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) set by Statistics Canada and is updated annually.
- Canada Revenue Agency: Notice of Assessment – You must present a current “Notice of Assessment” or “Notice of Reassessment” for each household member 18 years and over that lives with you at your Medicine Hat residential address. Total income before tax is shown on line 150 of your “Notice of Assessment” or “Notice of Reassessment”. Household includes all members related by blood, marriage, common law relation, or adoption. A tax return summary is not accepted. For more information on your Notice of Assessment you can contact Revenue Canada at 1-800-959-8281
- Assured Income for Severely Handicapped benefits (AISH) – a copy of your current Health Benefits Card that has not expired
- Alberta Works: Income Subsidy/Support (Supports for Independence) – a copy of your current Health Benefits Card (that has not expired)
- Alberta Works (Learners) – an approval letter (on letterhead) from Alberta Works that indicates eligibility period and the current Health Benefits Card
- Alberta Works (Alberta Health Benefits) – An approval letter (on letterhead) from Alberta Works that indicates eligibility period and the current Health Benefits Card
- Letter from a Registered Social Worker – Only when no other documents are available. A letter (on letterhead) dated within the last 30 days from an Alberta Registered Social Worker with whom a current relationship exists. The letter should outline the length of the relationship, that a RSW is aware of the Low Income Eligibility and that the household meets the eligibility requirements.
- Resettlement Assistance Program Form – a copy of the Start Up & Monthly Allowance that confirms you are receiving support under the Resettlement Assistance Program
- For Independent Youth – a letter from a school principal or guidance counselor, or letter from Child and Youth Support Program of Alberta Children’s Services
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What is a household income?
A household income means you need to submit income documents for everyone in the household who is over the age of 18 and who reside at the same Medicine Hat address.
Household member are anyone who is related by blood, marriage, common law relation or adoption. For example, this could mean cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents, as long as they reside at the same Medicine Hat address. You will need to provide information on each of these family members within your application. Please insure you consult with the members of your household before submitting a final application, as failure to do so may delay your application process.
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What is the Low Income Cut-Off Scale?
Statistics Canada creates a low income cut off scale to assess individuals. This scale is updated yearly, and is only a guide. Applications will be approved only if filled out correctly and submitted for review.
2016 Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) Scale
|Size of Family
||Total Income Before Tax (gross)
|7 or more persons
Applications can be downloaded and printed here:
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Where can I receive and submit my application?
You can drop off your application in person, or ask to speak to a city employee at one of the following locations:
||Hours of Operation
||580 1 Street SE
|Monday – Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
|Family Leisure Centre
||2000 Division Ave N
|Monday – Thursday, 6 am – 11 pm
Friday, 6 am – 9 pm
Saturday, 7 am – 9 pm
Sunday, 8 am – 8 pm
|Crestwood Recreation Centre
||1701 21 Street SE
|Monday – Thursday, 6 am – 9 pm
Friday, 6 am – 6 pm
Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
|Strathcona Centre/Senior Centre
||1150 5 Street SE
|Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm
|Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre
||401 1 Street SE
|Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm
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How can I apply?
Fair Entry Application
1150 5th Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 8C7
For questions specific to the Fair Entry application or process, please call 403.502.8001.