ARCH Program

Affordable Recreation for Community Health (ARCH)

ARCH is a subsidy program that helps people access City facilities and programs. We understand the value of recreation for healthy living and want to help people in our community to reach their goals.

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FAQs
Do I qualify for the ARCH program?

You must be a permanent resident of the City of Kamloops (see eligibilty boundary map) and meet ONE (1) of the options below:

  1. Receive Income Assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI)
  2. Have an annual income that is below the Statistics Canada Low Income Guidelines (See Application Form for Low Income Guidelines)
  3. Receive a Canadian Pension or Long-term Disability that is below the Low Income Guidelines 
What will I need to apply?
  • Photo ID - BC Driver's License or other photo ID
  • 2nd piece of ID - Birth Certificate or Care Card
  • Proof of where you live - Current utility bill (BC Hydro, telephone or cable TV bill)
  • Proof of income - MSDSI confirmation OR your latest Canada Customs and Revenue Agency’s Notice of Assessment for each adult in the house
Where can I get an ARCH Application?

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You can get an hard copy of the ARCH Application at the Tournament Capital Centre (TCC), Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre, Kamloops Museum & Archives, or at ARCH screening agencies (see the ARCH Agency List).

Where do I take my ARCH Application?

Applications MUST be taken to an ARCH Public Screening Agency or Referral Agency (see the ARCH Agency List). ARCH Applications will NOT be accepted at City of Kamloops facilities.

What is the program cycle?

The ARCH program runs from August 9 - July 31. People who apply after February 1 get $150, because the program cycle is half over.

What can I use my ARCH credit for?

ARCH credits can be used for City of Kamloops Activity Guide programs and/or to buy memberships for the TCC, Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre, and Kamloops Museum & Archives. ARCH clients pay 15% of the price for Activity Guide programs –your ARCH credit is used to pay the rest.

TIP: You can pay more than 15% of the program price to make your ARCH credit last longer.

What happens if I miss a program that I signed up for?

If you withdraw from a program you will have to pay the standard $10 withdrawal/cancellation fee. IMPORTANT: If you miss three classes in a row without letting us know, YOU WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE ARCH PROGRAM.

What happens if the City of Kamloops cancels a program?

If your program is cancelled, your ARCH credit will be put back into your account.

Are my family members under my account?

No, everyone has their own account and ARCH credit. Using another person’s ARCH credit is NOT allowed.

Can I use my ARCH credit to use the outdoor swimming pools in the summer?

Yes, but you must buy a Punch Card or facility pass at the Tournament Capital Centre or Westsyde Pool & Fitness Centre. Outdoor pools DO NOT have access to your account.

If I don’t drive, how else can I get to City of Kamloops facilities?

Phone BC Transit at 250-376-1216 for bus schedules and prices, or visit their website.