Recreation Fee Subsidy

children playing on splashpad

The City of Peterborough offers a Recreation Fee Subsidy Program. This program assists low-income families and families receiving social assistance with registration costs for recreational programs, sports activities and camps for dependent children under the age of 19 years. The maximum subsidy per child is $200 per year.

Applying for a Recreation Fee Subsidy

 Eligibility criteria
To be eligible for the Recreation Fee Subsidy Program, you must live in the City of Peterborough and meet the financial criteria in the low-income cut off chart or be receiving Ontario Works or ODSP.
 Low-income cut-off chart
Low-income cut-off - Recreation subsidy
Family SizeLow income cut-off (per household)Subsidy 
Up to 5

Up to $39,000

$200

Up to 5

$39,001 to $42,300

$100

6

Up to $42,300 

$200

6

$42,301 to $47,100

$100

7 or more

Up to $47,100

$200

7 or more

$47,101 to $51,900

$100

 Eligible Programs
 Programs eligible for Recreation Fee Subsidy program include:
 Application

 If you meet the eligibility requirements, please complete our online application.

Recreation Fee Subsidy application

The Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre provides a subsidy program that offers discounted membership and program options.

Find out what programs are available to you

  I live in the City of Peterborough and meet the low income eligibility requirements above
 Below is a list of programs available to you:
 I live in the City of Peterborough and receive Ontario Works or ODSP
  Below is a list of programs available to you:
 I live in the County and meet the low income eligibility requirements above
 Below is a list of programs available to you:
 I live in the County and receive Ontario Works or ODSP
 Below is a list of programs available to you:

 Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply if I live outside of the City limits?
No, you must be a resident of the City of Peterborough and live within the City limits
  Is there assistance available for County residents?
  • You may be eligible for assistance from Canadian Tire Jumpstart.
  • Contact your Township office to find out if they offer financial assistance for recreation programs
Are adults eligible to receive Subsidy for programs?
No, you must be under the age of 19 to receive assistance from the Recreation Fee Subsidy program
Can I receive Subsidy for more than one program for my child(ren)?
Yes, the maximum amount of subsidy a child can receive is $200.00 per calendar year. It can be used for multiple programs, based on the availability of funds.
Can I receive Subsidy for a Parent and Tot class?
Yes, subsidy can be used for Parent and Tot classes such as skating lessons, gymnastics, swimming, etc.
 If I already paid for a program, can I be reimbursed?
Yes, you may be eligible for a reimbursement, based on availability of funds. You must submit your application and reimbursement within thirty (30) days of payment.
Can I receive the funds directly and then pay for the program fees?

No, payment is either issued directly to the Program Provider or you can request a reimbursement if the registration fees were paid in advance.

Note: if you are requesting a reimbursement, it must be done within thirty (30) days of payment.

Can I receive Subsidy for After School Programs?
No, you must contact Children's Services to inquire about Child Care Free Subsidy or call 705-748-8830.
Can Subsidy be used to purchase equipment i.e. bicycles, skates, etc.
No, the Recreation Fee Subsidy can only be used to assist with registration fees. Canadian Tire Jumpstart may be able to provide assistance with equipment.
Can Subsidy be used for non-recreational activities?
Yes, the Recreation Fee Subsidy can provide assistance with programs offered at the Peterborough Museum & ArchivesArt Gallery of Peterborough, Art School of Peterborough, music lessons, etc.
Can Subsidy be used for programs offered outside of the City limits
No, the programs must be offered within the City of Peterborough city limits. Canadian Tire Jumpstart may be able to provide assistance.
 Can I receive Subsidy for a program or membership at the YMCA
No, please visit YMCA Membership - Financial Assistance for information or call 705-748-9642 ext. 259.
Can I receive Subsidy for a program or membership at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre?
Please visit The Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre for information on discounted membership and program options or call 705-742-0050 ext. 2203.

Other sport subsidy programs

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a registered charity dedicated to removing financial barriers so kids across Canada have the opportunity to get off the sidelines and get into the game.

Jumpstart's core purpose is to enrich the lives of kids (from 4 to 18) in need through sports and physical activity. We assist with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation.

The Peterborough Chapter receives support from the two local Canadian Tire stores and consists of several organizations committed to helping children.

Note: Individual Child grant applications open in January and close when the funds have been depleted for the year.

For more information or to apply online visit Canadian Tire Jumpstart. If you require assistance with your application and live in Peterborough, contact the Recreation Division at 705-742-7777 ext. 1827. If you live in Peterborough County call the YMCA at 705-748-9642 ext. 225.

Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund

Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund was launched in September 2020 in response to the impact of COVID-19 on community sports and recreation.  Canadian Tire Corporation provided a generous gift of $12 million to continue to support sport organizations in 2021 to help build sport and play.

The Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund has two funding streams, one for Operational Support and one for Programming Support. Qualified organizations may apply for either stream or both within each period, however, the requests must be clearly justified, and funding will be dependent on overall demand. The deadline for applications is August 1, 2021.

Para Sport Jumpstart Funding

Since 2013, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and Canadian Paralympic Committee have been engaged in a partnership to create greater opportunities for children and youth with disabilities between the ages of 4 and 25, and who face barriers to actively participate in organized sports and physical activity. The Parasport Jumpstart Fund will support more Para Sport programs across the country through a granting style program. The focus still remains on improving access to grassroots participation for children and youth but has expanded to include more opportunities for a variety of sports and programming types.


Organizations looking to apply for Para Sport Jumpstart Funding can visit Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund to apply for a Programming Grant.

Hockey Canada Assist Fund

The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund is a $1 million fund created to assist Canadian families experiencing financial challenges as a result of COVID-19. The Assist Fund will provide up to $500 per player in registration fee subsidies to approved applicants who are registered with a Hockey Canada-sanctioned association. 

Assist Fund applications will accepted starting August 1, 2021.

Just 4 Kics (Kids in Community Sports)

Just4kics is a proud Canadian registered charity providing underprivileged youth (18 and younger) with funding support for a sport or recreational activity within their community. For more information call 416-346-2488.

NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund 

The NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund provides equipment grants of brand new equipment to organizations and programs that are helping deserving children play the game of hockey. 

PHA Cares Program

Minor hockey costs are growing every year and it is important for our members to feel comfortable coming forward if they need help.  This information is always held in confidence.  The PHA wants everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy the sport of hockey.  Should financial circumstances become a barrier for a child's involvement, the PHA will try to provide support to local families.  This applies to both house league and rep league individuals. 

The PHA requires a family to apply for Canadian Tire Jump Start Program and the Minor Hockey Foundation of Ontario subsidy program prior to asking for financial assistance through the PHA's “Right to Play” program.

Teachers for Kids Foundation

Teachers for Kids was founded in 1986 in the former Peterborough County Board of Education by two teachers who believed that a little bit of help could make a lifetime of difference for a needy student. They were convinced that providing something as simple as a ball glove to a student who could not afford one could change that student's ability to participate, make friends, develop social skills and succeed at school. Since that time, TFK has provided over half a million dollars to help students participate in sports, trips, extra curricular clubs and teams, tutoring, and other activities. They also provide items necessary for students' social and emotional well being such as clothing, prescriptions, counseling, help to families dealing with serious illnesses, etc.

Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity

The mission of the Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity is to improve the quality of life for seriously ill children and families. The Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity assists children who are:

  • seriously ill
  • permanently disabled
  • under the age of 21
  • permanent residents of Ontario or Landed Immigrant status

Kids in Camp

Kids in Camp is a registered charity established to financially assist families to send their kids to camp.

KidSport Ontario

KidSport provides grants to families facing financial barriers to assist with registration fees for children to participate in registered sport programs. Kidsport can provide up to $250.00 per eligible child.