Consumer Services

Movie and Attraction Discounts

Easter Seals offers the Access 2 Card for persons with a disability to receive either free admission for their support person at member movie theaters and attractions across Canada, including a wide variety of venues-see the list of participating movie theaters and attractions below: 

Website: Easter Seals Entertainment "Access 2 Card"

Note: $20 processing fee for the 3 year period.

 

Participating movie theaters and attractions:

Silver City – 3130 Tillicum Rd.

Cineplex Odeon – 780 Yates St.

University 4 Cinema – 3980 Shelbourne St.

National Geographic IMAX Theatre – 675 Belleville St.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – 1040 Moss St.

Butchart Gardens – 800 Benvenuto Ave.

Galey Farms – 4150 Blenkinsop Rd.

Intrepid Theatre – 1609 Blanshard St.

Prince of Wales Whale Watching – 812 Wharf St.

Royal BC Museum – 675 Belleville St.

Victoria Operatic Society – 744 Fairview Rd.

Craigdarroch Castle – 1050 Joan Crescent.

Recreation

Discount Kids Camps

The YM/YWCA offers subsidies for the children of disabled and low income parents to attend Camp Thunderbird. To determine how much you pay, the YM/YWCA uses the government’s low income cut off chart and asks you to pay as much as you are reasonably able to.

Info: 250-386-7511

Free Camping

People with disabilities and their camping party can camp free year round once they have been issued a "Freedom of information form" by their PWD worker.

Website: Camping Info for Persons with Disabilities

Note: Take a second piece of ID

Cheap Leisure Pass

The Leisure Involvement for Everyone (LIFE) program is for individuals with limited income and is available at all Greater Victoria recreational facilities! The LIFE card allows you and your family 52 free drop-in admissions at any of the recreational facilities. To apply for this pass, you simply fill out an application at your regional recreation centre

Note: To complete these forms you will need proper identification, proof of address and proof of income for the previous year

Click a link below to go to a registration page;

Note: To complete these forms you will need proper identification, proof of address and proof of income for the previous year

 

Bring Your Caregiver to the Gym for Free

Recreation Integration Victoria (R.I.V) offers a Leisure Assistant’s Pass that provides free and discounted rates at various locations.

Info: 250-477-6314

Website: Leisure Assistant’s Pass Info

Reduced Cost for a Fishing Licence

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Operations offers a Freshwater Fishing Licence Fee Reduction to $1.06 for any BC resident with a permanent disability.

Info: 250-356-9295, 250-387-9589 or

Website: Angling Licence Fee Reduction Program for Disabled Residents of B.C.

Transportation

Easter Seals Disability Travel Card

The Easter Seals have reinstated the Disability Travel card, which allows people with permanent disabilities access a free ticket for their support giver. This card applies to Geryhound Canada, VIA Rail Canada, Coach Canada, and Motor Coach Canada. Individuals wishing to access this card must apply. For more information, and the Disability Travel card application form visit http://easterseals.ab.ca/Libraries/Disability_Travel_Card/Travel_Card_Application-AB_fillable.sflb.ashx

 

Specially Equipped Motor Vehicle Rebate

Complete this form to claim a specially equipped motor vehicle rebate if you paid GST/HST on the purchase of a qualifying motor vehicle, a modification service performed on your motor vehicle, the importation of a qualifying motor vehicle, or the bringing of a qualifying motor vehicle into a participating province from a non-participating province.

Website: GST/HST Specially Equipped Motor Vehicle Rebate Application

 

Low Cost BC Transit Bus Pass

Last September 1, 2016, everyone with the Persons with Disabilities Designation received a monthly increase of $25, and a $52 transportation support allowance. The Government of BC has eliminated the $45 bus pass administration fee and the need for an annual sign-up process.

For more information, visit the Bus Pass Program website at www.gov.bc.ca/buspassprogram

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/services-for-people-with-disabilities/disability-assistance/on-disability-assistance/rate-increases

 

Low Cost Door-to-Door Transportation

HandyDart offers door-to-door transportation for persons with a disability and seniors who cannot use the regular bus services. Trip reservations can be made up to 14 days in advance (recommended), and should be made at least one day in advance.

  • Fees for HandyDART use:
    • Individual: $2.50
    • 10 Tickets: $22.50

When handyDART cannot accommodate a customer’s travel request, the handyDART service has a supplementary Taxi Saver program. The Taxi Saver Program offers another transportation option, in Greater Victoria. To qualify for the Taxi Saver program, you must be a permanent handyDART customer, 12 years of age or older, and have a handyPASS. You need a handyPASS to buy and use Taxi Saver coupons. Eligible individuals can purchase a $80 package of Taxi Saver coupons at a cost of $40. This package can be purchased once every month. The coupons come in denominations of $1, $2 and $5.

For more information, visit the BC Transit webpage:

https://bctransit.com/victoria/riderinfo/handydart

 

BC Ferries Discounted rates: 

BC Ferries offers a 50% discounted passenger rate for residents of BC who have a permanent disability. To receive this discount, individuals must apply for a BC Ferries Disabled Status Identification (DSI) Card, which you present to the Ticket Agent at the terminal.

 

For more information, and where to apply for the DSI Card, visit the BC Ferries webpage:

www.bcferries.com

 

ALSO: BC Ferries has updated their fares, offering 50% off passenger fares to seniors (65+) Monday-Thursday, as long as they present identification indicating their age (BCID, BCDL, BC care card etc.). More information can be found at http://www.bcferries.com/travel_planning/fares/fareinfo.html#seniors

 

Gas Tax Rebates

Purchasing fuel in BC means you are paying fuel tax as well. The Ministry of Finance offers a fuel tax rebate for persons with disabilities. The amount of a rebate you can receive depends on the type of fuel your vehicle uses.

  • Gasoline: 18¢ per liter
  • Diesel: 18.5¢ per liter

BC gas tax for people with disabilities link here

BC gas tax general link here

The federal government of Canada also offers a fuel tax rebate, 

Note: BUT IT IS FAR LESS (than the BC rebate and not worth applying for unless you use a lot of gasoline.  Can be claimed by liter or by kilometer

$0.015 per liter of fuel (Gasoline, Diesel, propane, heating fuel)

$0.0015 per kilometer

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pbg/ef/xe8/xe8-16e.pdf

 

Autoplan Discount

If you have been approved for the fuel tax rebate under the BC government’s Fuel Tax Refund Program for Persons with Disabilities, you could also qualify for a 25% discount on your autoplan insurance.

For more information, visit the ICBC website:

http://www.icbc.com/autoplan/costs/Pages/Discounts-and-savings.aspx

Note: To register you must have a copy of your identification, a copy of your ICBC vehicle registration and documentation to confirm your disability.

 

Free Airfare for an Attendant Travelling with a Person with a Disability

West Jet and Air Canada offer free airfare for an attendant travelling with a person with a disability.

Note: For more information on the Air Canada service: Long Term Medical Approval for traveling with an attendant, go to their website click: Air Canada Medical Approval

Discount Card

The Action Committee for People with Disabilities offers a consumer discount card* entitling people with disabilities retail service discounts including the following: 

  • Cargo Games-Coffee & Tea, Bay Center Food Fair-- 10% off coffee, tea and related items
  • Cordova Hair Boutique Ltd--discount on all products 
  • Cook Street Market Place-- 10% off all products 
  • Orange Julius (Tillicum & Hillside locations)-- 10% off food and beverages 
  • Esquimalt Optical-- 15% off regular prices. 

For a full list of discounts; phone or go to the Action Committee office on 948 View Street.

Info: 250-383-4105

*Note: a $4.00 fee for a membership and the registration process of the discount card. 

 

Eyeglass exams and glasses

Diamond Optical offers affordable prices for people with disablities in need of eye exams and/or glasses

 1320 Douglas St., Victoria

$20 eye exam, but they will waive this fee if you purchase glasses from them.

 

- Note: for inexpensive glasses, also consider the following online seller (based in Vancouver):

www.clearly.ca

 

 

The Inner Harbour Optometry center receives ministry funding allowing individuals with PWD status to receive eye exams free of charge.

 Inner Harbour Optometry

The Hudson Building

Unit #3, 1707 Douglas Street

Victoria BC, V8W 0C1

info@innerharbouroptometry.com

250-920-0755