Eligibility Requirements

Low Income Cut-Off Line (LICO)

Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off Line After Tax (LICO) is used to determine an individual’s eligibility for the following programs:

  • Affordable Pass Program
  • 90% Recreation Discount Program

LICO is defined by Statistics Canada as “income thresholds, defined using 1992 expenditure data, below which economic families or persons not in economic families would likely have devoted a larger share of their after-tax income than average to the necessities of food, shelter and clothing.” LICO thresholds are adjusted on an annual basis to current dollars using the all-items Consumer Price Index (CPI). 

To determine your eligibility for the program, please refer to the most updated LICO thresholds for the tax base year (2023):

Household Size1 Person2 Persons3 Persons4 Persons 5 Persons6 Persons7 or More Persons
Income Level$26,290$32,727$40,234$48,851$55,404$62,488$69,571

Proof of Income

Along with a completed application form, applicants are required to submit a government-issued document for the most current tax base year. Eligible proof of income documentation includes: 

  • Notice of Assessment (NOA)
  • Canada/Ontario Child Benefit (CCB/OCB) notice
  • Goods & Service Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) Credit notice
  • Ontario Trillium Benefit (OTB) notice
  • Ontario Works (OW) monthly benefit statement or Confirmation of Assistance letter
  • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) benefit statement

Letter of Endorsement

In the pursuit of fairness and equity, Pathway to Potential and its partners offer an opportunity for subsidy applicants to submit a Letter of Endorsement. The Letter of Endorsement is a formal communication document for professionals to show support for a client(s) to receive a P2P subsidy.

The Letter of Endorsement may be used in the circumstance that the applicant is unable to provide the required supporting documentation for their P2P application (i.e., income documentation, proof of residency). Additionally, the Letter of Endorsement may be used if an applicant is facing recent changes to their circumstances that do not reflect their submitted documentation. 

The Letter of Endorsement should:

  • Be drafted on professional letterhead;
  • Include contact information from the referring agency, including email and phone number;
  • Include the client(s) full name(s);
  • Outline the benefits that the subsidy would provide for your client (e.g., increased access to higher education, employment opportunities, medical services, etc.); and
  • Indicate the barriers that prevent your client from applying to the program (e.g., lack of income documentation).

Download the Letter of Endorsement template.