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Social Services Camping Fee Exemption
To support some of the province's most vulnerable citizens, BC Parks offers a limited amount of free frontcountry camping to:
- Children on the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development’s At Home Program
- Adults receiving Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefits from the BC Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction or from Indigenous Services Canada.
Qualified recipients are entitled to 1 campsite/night for their (one) Camping Party. Standard fees will apply if your party exceeds this amount or if you occupy more than one campsite. Each person staying in a fee-exempt campsite is limited to 14 nights/park/calendar year.
This approach (in place since 2002) provides individuals living with a disability and facing significant financial challenges with the opportunity to connect with nature and outdoor recreation in BC Parks; an experience that they may not otherwise be able to afford.
Please review the information below to ensure you qualify for the Social Services Camping Fee Exemption (SSCFE) and arrive at the campground with the appropriate documents.
Have an enjoyable stay!
How to claim the frontcountry camping fee exemption:
Families with children registered on the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development’s (MCFD) At Home Program must:
- Obtain an At Home Letter of Eligibility from the MCFD stating that your child is eligible for the At Home Program. Two different eligibility letters are acceptable (Sample Letter 1 [PDF] or Sample Letter 2 [PDF]). Contact your Social Worker or an At Home Program Regional Office for more information.
- Upon arrival at the campground, show the park operator the ORIGINAL approved Letter of Eligibility AND a 2nd piece of identification (the child's ID, if possible, or the parent/legal guardian's ID). The letter does not need to be issued in the current calendar year.
People who are receiving PWD Disability Assistance from the BC Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR) must:
- Obtain a fully completed, current calendar year Release of Personal Information form from the MSDPR. This form can be obtained by contacting your local MSDPR or Service BC office (Sample form [PDF]). The Confirmation of Assistance form is not accepted and clients receiving Health Supplements only do not qualify. Recipients of CPP disability are eligible if they are also designated under the PWD program and receive ‘top-up’ assistance from the MSDPR.
- Upon arrival at the campground, show the park operator the ORIGINAL approved form AND a 2nd piece of identification (e.g., a BC Driver’s Licence, BC Services Card, BCID).
Indigenous people living on-reserve and receiving PWD Disability Income Assistance from Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) must:
- Contact your Band Social Development Worker for a fully completed, current calendar year Release of Personal Information form issued by a First Nation Administering Authority on behalf of ISC (Sample form [PDF]).
- Upon arrival at the campground, show the park operator the ORIGINAL Release of Personal Information form AND a second piece of identification (e.g., a BC Driver’s Licence, BC Services Card, BCID).
What you need to know before you arrive at the campground:
- Qualified recipients and their (one) Camping Party are exempt from paying frontcountry camping fees and second vehicle fees. Standard fees will apply if your party exceeds this amount.
- This fee exemption does not apply to Discover Camping reservation charges or additional services offered by park operators, such as firewood and electrical hook-ups.
- Proof of eligibility and approved ID must be provided by all campers, including those with reservations, at the time of arrival. Refunds will not be issued for documents provided at a later date.
- Each person staying in a fee-exempt campsite is limited to 14 nights/park/calendar year.
- All park visitors must observe the Park, Conservancy and Recreation Area Regulation and BC Parks’ policies when camping in BC Parks.
- This exemption does not apply to other BC Parks’ opportunities, such as double sites, backcountry camping, marine or boat camping, group camping, group picnic sites, or use of cabins.