Easter Seals is proud to have played a role in building an exciting — some have called it historic—partnership with the disability community, Cineplex Entertainment, and the movie theatre industry. Together we have built a partnership that provides access to entertainment and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities, The Access 2 Card. The program was launched in 2005. Since that time, Easter Seals Canada has issued more than 60,000 cards.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Access 2 Card?
The Access 2 card allows persons with a disability to receive either free admission or a significant discount for their support person at member movie theatres and attractions across Canada.
Who administers the program?
The Access 2 program is administered by Easter Seals.
How does the card work?
Present the Access 2 card when purchasing tickets with your support person at participating movie theatres and attractions. The individual with the disability pays regular admission and the support person receives his or her admission free or at a significant discount.
Where can the Access 2 Card be used?
The Access 2 Card is accepted at 95% of all movie theatres across Canada, including Cineplex Entertainment, Empire Theatres, Landmark Cinemas and AMC Theatres. The card is also accepted at select local: museums, science centres, theme parks, recreational facilities and more, across Canada. Take a moment to see some of our participating venues in your province! www.access2card.ca/venues
Who can apply?
Persons with a permanent disability who require a support person when attending a movie or other attraction are eligible to apply for the card. There are no age restrictions. The applicant (or guardian) must agree to follow the terms and conditions (which can be found on the application form) when using the card.
Who is a support person?
A support person is an individual who accompanies a person with a disability to provide services that are not provided by employees at the theatre or attraction, such as assisting the person with eating, administering medication, communication need and use of the facilities.
How do I renew an expired card or replace a lost one?
You can get a renewal in two different ways, whichever is easiest for you. You can go to the website and make a payment at www.access2card.ca, which will also give you the ability to update your contact information. This is the fastest option; a card will be mailed out within 2 to 3 weeks. Alternatively, you can mail in a cheque or money order for the $20 fee made out to Easter Seals Canada along with the Section B of the application form (or simply a note that states your current address, phone number, and email address), and a new card will be mailed within 2-3 weeks of us receiving your request.
I work for an organization where staff takes groups of people with disabilities to the movies and attractions. Can my organization get a card for staff use?
Cards are only issued to individuals who have a permanent disability, and who require a support person. Access 2 does not provide cards for organizations or staff cards.
What is the cost?
There is a $20 (3 year expiry date) or a $30 (5 year expiry date) fee to acquire the Access 2 Card. The card will be valid for either 3 or 5 years.
How does one apply?
To apply for the Access 2 card, you must complete the application form (download by clicking here) and mail it, along with the administration fee, to:
C/O Easter Seals Canada
40 Holly Street, Suite 401