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Grade 5 Action Pass

Check with your local recreation centres as programs vary by location.Grade 5 Action Pass Logo

Stories Contest new

Has your child enjoyed using their Grade 5 Action Pass? 

Durham Region Health Department would like to post your Grade 5 Action Pass story on this webpage. Let us know what you like best about the pass, where you have used it, or how you have benefitted from it. Grade 5 students or parents are encouraged to submit their story by:

  • Email:
  • Mail: Durham Region Health Department - Grade 5 Action Pass Stories Contest, 605 Rossland Road East, PO BOX 730, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 0B2
  • Fax: 905-666-6214

  Submit by July 31, 2015, for a chance to win a $25 gift card.

  • Prizes: Four $25 gift cards to Sport Chek.
  • Deadline for Submission: Story entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015.
  • Contest Rules and Regulations

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The Grade 5 Action Pass gives Durham Region Grade 5 students free:

Girls swimming
  • public swimming
  • public skating
  • other programs

Use the pass as many times as you want from September 2014 to August 31, 2015.

How can students get their Grade 5 Action Pass?

Grad 5 Action Pass
Print a Grade 5 Action Pass Postcard!

Grade 5 students with an adult need to:

Take a Grade 5 Action Pass postcard to their local participating municipal recreation centre or Durham Family YMCA.

  • Bring proof of their address and date of birth.
  • Students registering in Uxbridge, and in Scugog must also provide any current photo
    (1 inch by 1.5 inch).
  • Students registering in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa and Clarington will have their photo taken at the recreation centre for their pass.
  • Brock students who would like to have a Grade 5 Action Pass will have their picture taken in their classroom. Pictures will be taken and the passes will be created by the Township of Brock Recreation.

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Students can obtain their Grade 5 Action Pass at the following locations:

Town of Ajax

  • Ajax Community Centre (905-427-8811)                            
  • McLean Community Centre (905-428-7711)                       
  • Audley Recreation Centre (905- 427-2468)

Township of Brock

  • At school: Photo taken and passes distributed by the Township of Brock Recreation.

Municipality of Clarington

  • Courtice Community Complex (905-404-1525)
  • Clarington Fitness Centre (905-623-3392)                           
  • Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex (905-623-5728)    
  • Newcastle & District Recreation Complex (905-987-5667)
  • South Courtice Arena (905-435-1061)                             

City of Pickering

  • Pickering Recreation Complex (905-831-1711 or 905-683-6582)              

City of Oshawa

  • Legends Centre (905-436-5455)                                  
  • Oshawa Civic Recreation Centre (905-436-5454)           
  • South Oshawa Community Centre (905-436-5474)         
  • Donevan Recreation Complex (905-725-3536)               
  • Durham Family YMCA (905- 438-9622)                       

Township of Scugog

  • Scugog Arena (905-985-8698)                                        

Township of Uxbridge

  • Uxpool (905-852-3081)

Town of Whitby

  • Whitby Civic Recreation Complex (905-666-1991)
  • Brooklin Community Centre and Library (905 655-2010)

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Where can students use their Grade 5 Action Pass?

places the Grade 5 Action pass is accepted

Click here for a full list of recreation centres in Durham Region where you can use your pass.

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Why Grade 5 students?

  • In Canada, 93% of children aged 5-11 years are not physically active for 60 minutes each day.
  • Children need at least 60 minutes and up to several hours of physical activity each day.  Examples include: swimming and skating.
  • Being physically active:
    • helps children focus
    • improves learning
    • helps children feel good about themselves
    • helps children make new friends
    • lowers the risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression and some cancers
  • Levels of physical activity tend to drop for both boys and girls as they reach higher grades.

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Who supports the Grade 5 Action Pass?

The Grade 5 Action Pass is supported by: