Vancouver Aquarium offering free entry for low income families

Dec 19 2017, 8:24 pm

As part of the Park Board’s Leisure Access Program, the Vancouver Aquarium will now start offering free visits to low income families.


The initiative launches March 12 and is meant to give broader education to children and families on our oceans, lakes, and rivers.

“As a conservation organization, our aim is to connect as many people as possible to the world of aquatic life to spark curiosity and a lifelong interest in protecting our imperilled oceans,” says Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre president and CEO Dr. John Nightingale in a statement. “We hope to engage more and more residents through all our access programs and we’re proud to partner with the Vancouver Park Board on one more way to foster those connections.”

Before this, the Vancouver Aquarium says they provided assistance for students through the Bennett Bursary Program.

So how do you qualify? Here are the rules:

  • Must be a resident of the City of Vancouver
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • You receive income assistance from the government, or have a ministry-issued bus pass or Compass Card

If you don’t receive income assistance or have a ministry-issued bus pass, total family income must be the following amounts or less:

  • One person: $23,861
  • Two people: $29,706
  • Three people: $36,520
  • Four people: $44,340
  • Five people: $50,290
  • Six people: $56,718
  • Seven people: $63,147
  • More than seven people: add $6,429 for each additional person

Learn more about the Leisure Access Program here.