Social Services Camping Fee Exemption
In place since 2022, this program 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.
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 one single campsite, or one half of a double site, per night for their (one) Camping Party for free.
Anyone visiting BC Parks is permitted a maximum total of 14 nights per park per calendar year.
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:
- 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.
- At the campground, show the park operator the original 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.
Adults receiving PWD Disability Assistance from the BC Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR):
- Obtain a current calendar year Release of Personal Information form , fully completed, 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.
- 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)
- Obtain a current calendar year Release of Personal Information form from your Band Social Development Worker. Forms are issued by a First Nation Administering Authority on behalf of ISC (Sample form [PDF]).
- 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).
The fee exemption only applies to camping fees. The exemption does not apply to Discover Camping reservation charges or additional services offered by park operators, such as firewood and electrical hook-ups.
If you are making a reservation, you must choose the SSCFE rate at the time you make your booking to recieve the fee exemption.
Online: Visit the Discover Camping reservation website. After your have selected the campsite you want to book, you will be taken to the Reservation Details page. In the "Rate" box under "Classification", select "SSCFE" from the dropdown menu.
Online Reservation Step-By-Step Guide
- Over the phone: Contact our Discover Camping Call Centre. Tell the agent you would like to receive the SSCFE discount when making your booking.
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.
- The 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.
- Anyone visiting BC Parks is permitted a maximum total of 14 nights per park per calendar year. Some parks offer Long Stay Programs but discounts do not apply.
- 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 backcountry camping, marine or boat camping, group camping, group picnic sites, or use of cabins.