Recreation Fee Subsidy

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The City of Peterborough offers a Recreation Fee Subsidy Program. This program assists low-income families that don't receive 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.

To be eligible, you must live in the City of Peterborough and meet the criteria below.  If you meet our criteria, please complete our subsidy application form.

Online subsidy application form

Low-income cut off chart
Family SizeLow Income Cut-OffSubsidy*

Up to 5

Up to $39,000


Up to 5

$39,001 to $42,300



Up to $42,300 



$42,301 to $47,100


7 or more

Up to $47,100


7 or more

$47,101 to $51,900


If you receive Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) inquire about your eligibility by contacting the Social Services office at 705-748-8830.

Eligible Programs

Programs we cover with our subsidy program include:

  • Sports leagues
  • Girl Guides, Scouts, etc.
  • Dance, martial arts and gymnastics
  • Recreation division summer sports camps
  • Hockey schools and skating lessons
  • Power skating instruction
  • Art Gallery of Peterborough programs
  • Museum and Archives programs
  • Ecology park programs
  • Many more…

For assistance with programs or memberships at the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre email

Other sport subsidy programs

Other subsidy programs you may be eligible for include:

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.

Application deadline is Monday, October 28, 2019. Jumpstart will resume taking applications for Individual Child Grants in January 2020.

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 or 705-748-9642 ext. 225 for County residents.

Parasport 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 Parasport 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.

Jumpstart – Lace ‘Em Up Foundation

Our program helps financially disadvantaged children play hockey by ensuring kids have equal financial access to the game. Often times, Lace ‘Em Up funding starts where another organizations' funding ends.

The Lace ‘Em Up funds are provided directly to your Minor Hockey Association who will ensure your outstanding registration fees are paid, and work with you and your sporting organization to determine other areas of need, and appropriate methods of disbursement.

Applications for the 2019/2020 season are now closed

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.

NHLPA Goals & Dreams Game – Changer Award

NHLPA Goals & Dreams Game – Changer Award provides grants of up to $2,000 to children, families and communities facing unique economic or social challenges.

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.

Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations

Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations has partnered with KidSport to help high school students in Ontario overcome financial barriers that prevent them from participating in school sports. A maximum of $250 can be administered to a single student in the school year.