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Members of the Advancing Access to Affordable Recreation in Durham (AAARD) Committee are committed to working together to increase the number of residents who can experience the benefits of recreation.

With the participation of municipal and not for profit organizations, the Committee is working together to increase access to registered recreation services and programs for low income residents.

Subsidization Programs & Contacts

Municipal Programs

Recipients of Ontario Works may contact their caseworker to ask about assistance with costs of participating in municipal recreation programs.

Municipality

Contact

Summary

Ajax

James Yearwood
905.619.2529 x7253
James.Yearwood@ajax.ca

Town of Ajax Recreation & Culture provides a variety of financial assistance options to help people register for Town of Ajax recreation programs and memberships. Eligibility is based on financial need and applicants must be Ajax residents. Complete our online form and bring it to one of our community centres’ front counters for assistance. Please note that you must submit your most recent income tax Notice of Assessment and proof of Ajax residency with your application.

Residents who are receiving support from Ontario Disability or Ontario Works programs can receive financial assistance by bringing into the Customer Service Front Desks, a recent Drug Benefit Cards, and proper government issued ID with an Application Form. Residents not receiving support from Ontario Disability or Ontario Works programs can apply for financial assistance by completing an Application Form and submitting all required documentation.

Brock

Alicia Bagshaw
705.432.2355 x243 abagshaw@townshipofbrock.ca

No municipal program currently in place; but other partners’ subsidy programs are available.

Clarington

Steve Myers
905.435.1061 x230
smyers@clarington.net

Our Financial Assistance Programs provide funding for Municipality of Clarington recreation programs and memberships. Eligibility is based on financial need, or residents with a permanent disability who meet the age criteria for a fitness facility membership. Applicants must be Clarington residents.

Oshawa

Service Oshawa
905.436.3311

Oshawa recognizes the value of participating in recreation and believes all residents, regardless of financial circumstances, should be able to enjoy the programs and services offered through its Recreation and Culture Services Branch.

The Recreation Fee Assistance Program provides financial assistance to Oshawa residents based on annual income to assist with the cost of participation in our programs and services. To be eligible, applicants must be residents of Oshawa, provide proof of residency, provide recent official documentation to support net family income (recent Notice of Assessment from Revenue Canada) and have a net family income no greater than 25% above the Low Income Cut Off (LICO). For more information or to download the application, visit City of Oshawa Assistance & Accessibility Programs.

Pickering

Sharon Milton
905.420.4620 x3601
smilton@pickering.ca

The City of Pickering recognizes and promotes the full participation of all Pickering residents in recreational programs and services regardless of financial circumstances. The City of Pickering provides subsidies to low income residents through the Access to Recreation Policy.

The City of Pickering provides a variety of financial assistance options to help people register for City of Pickering recreation programs and memberships. Eligibility is based on financial need and applicants must be City of Pickering residents.

Please note that you must submit your most recent income tax Notice of Assessment with your application for support.

Residents who are receiving support from Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or Ontario Works programs can receive financial assistance by bringing their information to the Registration Desk.

Scugog

Craig Belfry
905.985.8698 x102
cbelfry@scugog.ca

Funding for the Township of Scugog recreational programs is available upon request. Eligibility is based on financial need.

Uxbridge

Amanda Ferraro
905.852.9181 x400
aferraro@town.uxbridge.on.ca

Funding for the Township of Uxbridge recreational programs is available upon request. Eligibility is based on financial need.

Whitby

Sarah Klein
905.430.4310
subsidy@whitby.ca

The Access Program provides funding for Town of Whitby recreation programs. Eligibility is based on financial need and applicants must be Whitby residents. Download the access application form or complete our online form. Please note that you must submit your most recent income tax Notice of Assessment and proof of Whitby residency with your application.

Regional Programs

Organization

Contact

Summary

Abilities Centre

Leisa Washington lwashington@abilitiescentre.org
www.abilitiescentre.org

At Abilities Centre, we believe in encouraging and embracing an inclusive environment for people of all ages and abilities. We welcome anyone experiencing financial hardship to apply for membership through our Membership Assistance Program. In order to qualify for membership assistance, each applicant will be asked to provide documentation so that a financial assessment can be done to determine eligibility. Since each person's financial circumstances are unique, every application will be reviewed individually and a determination of eligibility will be made from the facts provided.

Boys and Girls Club of Durham

Lisa McNee Baker
Lmcneebaker@bgcdurham.com
www.bgcdurham.com

The Boys and Girls Club of Durham provides subsidy for some recreation and camp programs. Eligibility is based on financial need and applicants must be Boys and Girls Club members. Please note that you must submit your most recent income tax Notice of Assessment with application. Subsidy application forms are available at each Boys and Girls Club program location.

Girls Inc. Durham

Tracey McCannell
Director of Programming
905.428.8111 x22
tmccannell@durham.girls-inc.org

Girls Incorporated of Durham offers financial assistance to those who may not be able to pay the full enrollment fee for Girls Inc. programs. Financial assistance is offered based on available funds and works on a sliding scale. Please note that you must submit your most recent income tax Notice of Assessment.

Grandview Children' sCentre

Cathy Kelly
Cathy.kelly@grandviewkids.ca
www.grandviewkids.ca

Grandview Children’s Centre inspires possibilities for children and youth with special needs to achieve their personal best. Therapeutic Recreation programs are offered for children and youth living in Durham Region with special needs.  Programs are offered at a nominal cost due to support from the Grandview Children’s Foundation and government grants.

YMCA Child & Family Development - Durham Region

Tina Diamond
Tina.diamond@ymcagta.org
www.ymcagta.org

A Funded After School Strategy from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The program has three elements.

  1. Physical activity (i.e. recreation, dance, sport).
  2. Healthy food choices and nutrition education (i.e. label reading, snack and meal preparation, local food produce choices).
  3. Wellness and personal health education (i.e. bullying and violence prevention, tobacco and substance abuse prevention, building self-esteem).

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Canadian Tire Jumpstart (CTJS) will fund physically active programs for children between the ages of 4-18. The applicant can contact the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Call Centre at 1-844-YES-PLAY, submit an application online or contact their CTJS representative based on where they live.

Area

Contact

Ajax

Salvation Army
Heather Lyons, Volunteer Co-ordinator
905.427.7123

Brock

Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha
Trevor Tompkins
705.324.4493 x217
ttompkins@bgckl.com

Clarington

Municipality of Clarington
Steve Myers
905.435.1061 x230
smyers@clarington.net

Oshawa

Boys and Girls Club of Durham
Lisa McNee Baker
Lmcneebaker@bgcdurham.com

Pickering

City of Pickering
Sharon Milton
905.420.4620 x3601
smilton@pickering.ca

Scugog

Township of Scugog
905.985.8698 x100
brobinson@scugog.ca

Uxbridge

Township of Uxbridge
905.852.7831
rharman@town.uxbridge.on.ca
www.town.uxbridge.on.ca/sports_and_recreation

Applications are available online or you can pick up a copy at the Uxpool, library, arena, or township office. A letter from a community leader is needed to verify your financial need.

Whitby

Town of Whitby
Sarah Klein
905.430.4310
subsidy@whitby.ca
www.whitby.ca/subsidy

Their Opportunity

Their Opportunity exists to provide low-income families with the means to enroll their children in local sports & recreation programs. By alleviating the financial costs of enrollment fees, children can develop the confidence, social skills and healthy lifestyles attainable through sport.
What makes Their Opportunity unique: children receiving sponsorship are required to “pay it forward” through Their Opportunity’s give-back program. This program is beneficial to both the child and the community, as children use the skills they have developed through sport to enhance the community through service and engagement.

Area

Contact

Durham Region


AAARD Members

  • Abilities Centre
  • Boys and Girls Club of Durham
  • Brock Community Health Centre
  • Canadian Tire Jumpstart
  • City of Oshawa
  • City of Pickering
  • Municipality of Clarington
  • Community Development Council Durham
  • Durham Catholic District School Board
  • Durham District School Board
  • Girls Incorporated of Durham
  • Grandview Children’s Centre
  • Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic School Board
  • Region of Durham - Social Services Department
  • Region of Durham - Health Department
  • Their Opportunity
  • Town of Ajax
  • Town of Whitby
  • Township of Brock
  • Township of Scugog
  • Township of Uxbridge
  • Tucker-Reid & Associates
  • YMCA - Oshawa