The Tourist and Leisure Companion Sticker
The Tourist and Leisure Companion Sticker (TLCS) gives free access to the companions of people aged 12 and older with a permanent disability. A permanent disability includes, but is not limited to, physical, intellectual, developmental and sensory disabilities, as well as mental illness. The companion sticker is designed to enable people with a disability to take part fully and safely in these activities, in the same capacity as any other citizen.
A companion is a person whose presence at an activity is essential for the participation of the person with a disability. The latter is assured a safe and pleasant outing in light of the companion’s support. It is up to the user of the companion sticker or his/her guardian to choose the companion. A parent, volunteer worker or a friend are among those who may be chosen as a companion.
Zone Loisir Montérégie is responsible for the coordination of the Québécois component of the Tourist and Leisure Companion Sticker (TLCS). To achieve this mandate, Zone Loisir Montérégie works in collaboration with agencies responsible for recreation for people with disabilities in different regions of Quebec.
To submit a request for a Tourist and Leisure Companion Sticker (TLCS), simply fill out the Acknowledgement of the Need for a Companion Form and send it to Zone Loisir Montérégie. The completed form will then be forwarded to an accredited organization located in the region inhabited by the applicant.
Once the need for a companion is accredited, that person will receive free of charge a companion sticker that must be pasted on to an identification card, preferably one with photo. Only upon showing the companion sticker at wickets of one of the many tourist, cultural or recreational sites will free access be granted to the companion. As for the companion sticker owner, he/she must pay his/her own admission, as would any other citizen.
The companion sticker will not expire, because it is allocated to a person whose disability or mental illness is permanent. However, as the sticker is generally affixed to an I.D. card, it will automatically have to be replaced if the I.D. card has an expiry date. If so, you need to go back to the website and fill out the applicants form again this time clicking on the (renewal of application) button.
To see the List of tourist and leisure sites that accept TLCS: http://www.vatl.org/pdf/Liste.pdf