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Recreation Subsidies

York Region offers subsidies for recreation programs, day camps and youth leadership camps. Recreation programs and day camp subsidies provide children from families with low income the ability to take part in programs offered by the municipal recreation departments. The youth leadership camp funding helps eligible youth ages 12 to 17 attend an approved overnight camp.

The subsidies that are available are:

  • The Positive Leisure Activities for Youth (PLAY)
  • Summer Camp Funding
  • Youth Leadership Camp Funding

York Region does not guarantee space in programs or camps.


PLAY Program - Positive Leisure Activities for Youth

The PLAY Program is for children ages four to 18 and single parents. The funding is available in the fall, winter, spring and summer.

Eligibility

Families who live in York Region, who have children and meet at least one of the following criteria may be eligible:

Aquatic Leadership Programs

The PLAY program will approve the following Aquatic Leadership Programs that may exceed the maximum rate for eligible participants:

  • Ranger, Rookie and Star Patrol
  • Bronze Star
  • Bronze Medallion
  • Bronze Medallion with Emergency First Aid
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Bronze Cross
  • Bronze Cross with Standard First Aid
  • Standard First Aid
  • Lifesaving Assistant Instructor
  • Lifesaving Instructor Certificate
  • Lifesaving Swim and Lifesaving Instructor Certificate
  • National Lifeguard Certificate
  • Red Cross Instructors (WSI) (Part 1 and 2)

How to Apply

The spring Positive Leisure Activities for Youth (PLAY) program applications open on January 30, 2020. You can apply online or by telephone:

Once you are approved, you can sign up for a program at a local municipal recreation department.

Please note: There is a new process for annual eligibility. You only need to apply once between fall and summer of any given year. Applications open on August 4, 2020 for the 2020/2021 PLAY period .

Here are the registration dates for each local city and town:

Municipality Spring Registration Dates Summer Registration Dates
Town of Aurora February 24, 2020: Spring programs
March 2 2020: Aquatic programs
June 8, 2020: Summer Aquatics
Town of East Gwillimbury February 17, 2020 Not available
Town of Georgina March 3, 2020 June 2, 2020
Township of King
Town of Newmarket March 4, 2020 May 20, 2020
City of Markham February 11, 2020: General programs
February 25, 2020: Aquatic programs
May 19, 2020
City of Richmond Hill March 4, 2020 May 27, 2020
City of Vaughan February 25, 2020: General Programs and Aquatic Leadership
February 26-28, 2020: Aquatic Programs registration begins
February 25, 2020: General Programs and Aquatic Leadership
February 26-28, 2020: Aquatic Programs registration begins
Town of Whitchurch Stouffville February 25, 2020 Aquatics: June 2, 2020

Summer Day Camp Subsidy

Summer day camp subsidy is for children ages four to 13 and is available during July and August.

Eligibility

Families who live in York Region, who have children and meet at least one of the following criteria may be eligible:

How to Apply

The Summer Day Camp Subsidy program applications open on January 30, 2020.

If you receive Ontario Works:

  • Contact your Ontario Works Team and request a summer camp referral
  • Call: Access York at 1-877-464-9675 and ask about summer camp

If you receive  Rent-Geared-to-Income Subsidy, Ontario Disability Support Program or Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities, you can apply online or by telephone:

Once approved, you can sign up for a summer camp with your local municipal recreation department. Limited spots available. First-come, first-served.


Youth Leadership Camp

Youth Leadership Camp subsidy is for children ages 12 to 17 and is available during July and August. The approval period for youth camp subsidy begins in February. Limited spots are available. First-come, first-served.

Eligibility

Families who live in York Region, who have children and meet at least one of the following criteria may be eligible:

How to Apply

Call Access York at 1-877-464-9675 and ask about free youth overnight camp.



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