The city of Summerside should develop a strategy to make recreation and culture strategy affordable for all residents, says a city councillor.
A crime prevention survey completed when Coun. Cory Thomas was chair of the police services committee from 2007 to 2010, identified that many low-income families can't afford to involve their kids in organized sports or arts programming.
"One time I did hear one of the groups say to me, 'Our clientele can only afford to look in the windows of some of the recreation facilities and not use it,'" said Thomas.
"And it's something that we need to look at if we want to become a healthier city and grow. We need to take care of all of our citizens and it's something that I'd like to see, some sort of fee-assistance policy put in place."
Other municipalities have established a pool of money to help subsidize low-income families, said Thomas, and another suggestion would be to reduce user fees for children.
Thomas said he's going to help write a draft policy to take to council.