Fair Entry

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Fair Entry

What is Fair Entry?

Fair Entry is an application process for subsidized City of Calgary programs and services. This process will assess your income eligibility for multiple City programs with a single application.

What is a subsidy?

A subsidy is a form of financial support that offers a fee reduction.

How does Fair Entry help?

  • You may qualify for, and learn about, City of Calgary programs and services.
  • You only have to demonstrate your income situation once annually.

Recreation Fee Assistance This program provides lower cost fees for City of Calgary Recreation facilities, golf courses, leisure centres, and access to partnering organizations. Once you have obtained Fair Entry approval, take your photo ID and your Fair Entry approval letter with you to any Calgary Recreation leisure centre or aquatic centre to receive your Recreation Fee Assistance Card.
Calgary Transit Low Income Transit Pass Program This program provides lower cost monthly passes for adults (18 and older), youth (6–17 years of age), and an annual pass for seniors (65+).
  • Adult and youth Transit pass pricing is determined on a sliding scale.
  • Photo ID is required at the time of purchase.


Please contact Calgary Transit at 403-262-1000 for more information.
Property Tax Assistance Program This is an annual program that provides a credit/grant of the increase in property tax for your property; anyone who is approved will receive an additional rebate from Waste and Recycling Services. Applications are reviewed from June 1 to December 31 each year.
  • Applications received after December 31 will be reviewed in June of the following year,
  • You must own your home and reside in your home,
  • You cannot own other property,
  • You must own the property for a minimum of one year from date of purchase,
  • You must have experienced an increase in property taxes from the previous year.


NOTE: The Property tax bill covers the period from January 1 - December 31.
Seniors Services Home Maintenance Program The Seniors Services Home Maintenance (SSHM) program provides home maintenance support to seniors (65 years and older) living in lower income households. SSHM has a range of service providers that deliver snow removal, grass cutting and light housekeeping services for its clients. The Seniors Home Maintenance Program has significant differences from the other City subsidy programs. As a result, applicants should refer to the FAIR ENTRY: SENIORS SERVICES HOME MAINTENANCE PROGRAM INFORMATION GUIDE to avoid confusion.
No Cost Spay/Neuter Program This program provides a free spay and neuter surgery for companion cats and dogs of eligible low income Calgarians.
  • You must own the dog or cat at the time of application.
  • Your pet must be licensed at the time of application. All applicants must be in compliance with the Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Bylaw. Under the RPO Bylaw, at three months of age, all cats and dogs residing in The City of Calgary must have a City of Calgary license.
  • Your pets license MUST be in the applicant’s name.
  • A reduced license for a cat or dog will only apply after the pet’s current license expires and the animal has been spayed or neutered.
  • This program is not available for breeders.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older to apply.
  • This No Cost Spay/Neuter program is offered by Calgary Community Standards.