Recreation For All!
The Town of Halton Hills strives to operate recreation facilities, programs and services which are accessible and available to meet the diverse needs of our citizens. There are many health, social, economic, and environmental benefits that result from involvement in recreation activities for all. The following supports are in place to assist you:
Town Policies Working for You!
Your ability to lead an active life is important to us. We provide accessible recreation programs for individuals of all ages, not only to enhance lives today but also in a healthy future. We believe that everyone deserves to enjoy and participate in recreational activities. Recreation & Parks has two Town policies outlining our commitment. Both policies reflect the Town’s value of ‘equal access to service, facilities and programs’ and the Town’s commitment to Recreation for All.
Affordability Policy – making recreational opportunities financially available to all residents. The policy outlines how we effectively allocate public funds for recreational programs and share Recreation & Parks resources with our partners in other social services.
Region of Halton Financial Services
The Region of Halton Social and Community Services provides financial assistance to qualifying families who have children 0-18 years of age. To inquire about what assistance is available, please call 1-866-442-5866 and ask to speak to an Intake Worker.
If you already are a client of the Halton Region’s Ontario Works, Child Care Subsidy or Healthy Babies, Healthy Children programs, assistance is also available to attend recreation activities offered by Town of Halton Hills Recreation & Parks. In some cases, transportation and equipment costs may be supplemented. If you would like your child to attend Recreation & Parks programs for recreational or childcare purposes, please call your support worker at 1-866-442-5866 to receive a Recreational Referral Form to submit to Recreation and Parks.
Tips for Summer Care Financial Assistance
- Ensure to call Halton Region Intake Services by April 1 each year at 1-866-442-5866.
- Applicants are served chronologically. Ensure taxes are filed by April 30 but the earlier the better.
- Will need a Tax NOA (Notice of Assessment) from previous year.
Residents unable to pay the regular Recreation & Parks program fees and who do not qualify for financial assistance through the Region of Halton may qualify for department assistance as follows:
- Upon department approval, post-dated cheques may be accepted for registered programs and memberships.
- A maximum 50% fee discount on program fees. Seniors receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement are eligible for a 50% program/pass fee discount. Proof is required.
- Subsidized registrations must be submitted by mail, drop off or fax. (online or automated telephone registration not accepted).
Please direct inquiries to:
Manager of Recreation Services at 905-873-2601, ext. 2263.
Do your children want to play a sport?
Participate in a recreation activity?
Are the registration fees getting in the way?
The Canadian Tire Foundation for Families JumpStart program gives children from families who require financial assistance the opportunity to participate in sports and recreation activities. Money is available for children 4-18 years to register in up to 2 experiences per year, one in spring/summer and one in fall/winter.
For information, or to make a donation, please contact:
Halton Hills Canadian Tire Jumpstart Chapter at 905-877-5289, ext 555
Inclusion Policy - Making access to all recreational programs and services a fair and equitable process for all residents. The policy outlines best practices that will help to ensure barrier-free services for persons with disabilities or special needs participating in a Town program or service.
The Town welcomes residents with disabilities or special needs that require interpretive services, mobility and adaptive equipment needs and individualized support. This includes anyone with a physical or developmental disability either congenital or resulting from an injury or illness.
All recreation programs offered by the Town are integrated and designed to encourage participation by all individuals.
We ask for your help in letting us know of a participant’s special need or health condition well before the program start date. Please fill out the appropriate information while registering and contact us at 905-873-2601 ext. 2275 to discuss the best options for support during activities.
Options can include;
- Recreation staff provide individualized support, within the scope of staff’s expertise
- Individuals arrange their own support to assist with their participation (see Rec Partner Pass)
- Other options for success arranged between participants, guardians and staff
Do you have a temporary or permanent disability that makes it difficult for you to participate in recreation programs on your own? Would you find it helpful to bring a partner along to assist you in participating? If you answered YES , the Rec Partner Pass may be just what you are looking for!
What is a Rec Partner Pass?
A Rec Partner Pass provides free admission to an individual providing assistance to a participant with a disability who is attending a Recreation & Parks registered program, drop-in program, or activity at the Seniors Centre.
Who qualifies for a Rec Partner Pass?
What is the role of the Rec Partner?
Having been chosen by the participant, the Rec Partner:
- Accompanies the participant with a disability in his/her chosen program or activity to provide one-on-one assistance that is not provided by Recreation & Parks program instructors;
- Supports the participant with a disability in program participation;
- Provides full supervision throughout the entire program;
- Behaves in a manner that supports a positive program experience for all program participants;
- For aquatic activities, is comfortable, and behaves safely, in the water.
How do I get my Rec Partner Pass?
It’s as simple as completing a Rec Partner Pass Registration Form, and submitting it to the Customer Service staff at any of the following locations:
- Civic Centre – Recreation & Parks counter
- Gellert Community Centre
- Georgetown Seniors Centre
- Acton Seniors Centre
- A Rec Partner Pass Registration is completed and submitted by the person with the disability or a legal guardian on his or her behalf.
- The Pass is valid for a period of five (5) years from the date of issue after which re-registration is required.
- The person with a disability presents the Pass each time he or she attends the activity with his/her Rec Partner.
- The person with a disability and the Rec Partner enter, attend, and exit the activity together.
- The Rec Partner behaves in a manner that supports a positive program experience for all program participants.
- For fitness classes, the Rec Partner completes a PAR-Q and provides the instructor with a contact telephone number for emergencies.
- Fees associated with meals and trips at the Seniors Centres cannot be waived.