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Inclusive Recreation

About Inclusive Recreation programs

Integrated and specialized recreation programs at City community centres give children, youth and adults with special needs the opportunity to participate in community recreation. Integrated and specialized programs are made possible through the support of partnership funding.

If participation in a program presents any serious risk to health and safety, a support person may also need to attend. A support person means someone who accompanies the participant in order to help with communication, mobility, personal care or medical needs. Participants must provide their own support person. Contact a coordinator in your district for more information on accessibility policies and procedures, and to receive a Release for Support Person form.

Wearing a mask in City facilities

We require that all clients wear masks while participating in our programs. Only the following programs, activities and individuals are exempt from the mask requirement:

  • Swimming: masks may be removed when entering the water but are required in other areas of the building.
  • Lifeguarding: when on deck and actively monitoring the pool.
  • Sporting associations renting out City facilities: while actively engaged in high-intensity sports training and maintaining the 2-metre distancing requirement.
  • Children under the age of 5 years chronologically or developmentally, who refuses to wear a mask and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver.
  • Individuals with medical conditions or disabilities rendering them unable to safely wear a mask.
  • Individuals who are unable to put on or remove their mask without assistance.

Those who are exempt need to advise staff at the entrance during the screening process and let us know how they meet one of the exceptions listed above. They may be asked to use a face shield if their circumstance allows.

All other City of Ottawa programs not listed above, including sports activities, require clients to wear masks throughout participation with the goal of preventing transmission and reduce the number of COVID-19 cases.

Summer camps 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and on the condition that Provincial restrictions are relaxed to allow day camps for children, the City will offer a modified summer camp, called Camp Summer Fun, that will follow physical distancing guidelines as set out by Ottawa Public Health, group size limitations and other Provincial directives beginning July 6, 2020 at selected sites.

Inclusive Recreation camps will be offered to participants under the same Camp Operational Guidelines as Camp Summer Fun. Inclusive Recreation camps were planned in accordance with Provincial guidelines and advice from Ottawa Public Health that support preventative measures, including physical distancing measures and group sizes.

Share Care Camps 2020

Registration for Shared Care Camps will be available online only June 15 at 9 pm You can browse the Shared Care Camp Recreation eGuide [ PDF - 472 kb ] available online now.

  • Support will only be offered for a maximum of two weeks per participant.
  • Camp participants must meet criteria.
  • Registration must be made a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the camp start date.
  • Once you’ve registered in the Share Care barcodes, an Inclusive Recreation staff member will contact you to arrange an intake appointment, confirm camp registration and process payment.
    • New this summer: clients are only required to register in the Shared Care barcode list in the recreation eGuide.

Participants who have a history of being medically fragile or vulnerable will be subject to a medical consult with nursing staff to determine ability to participate, and to identify any risk-mitigation measures.

Summer Plus Camps 2020

We will also be offering Summer Plus camps, for which registration will not be available online. Rather, staff members will be approaching participants with whom they have a previous history in order to determine their interest in registration.

  • Participant familiarity allows us to screen participants who may be at high-risk for spreading COVID-19 – for example, participants who may be at risk of elopement.
  • Staff will be approaching all previously registered participants, however only those participants deemed safely able to participate in the programs will be registered.

Participants who have a history of being medically fragile or vulnerable will be subject to a medical consult with nursing staff to determine ability to participate, and to identify any risk-mitigation measures.

Health Programs

Spirit Program Summer 2020

We will be offering the Spirit Summer Program in partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), for which registration will not be available online. The Spirit Program serves children who are medically fragile and/or technologically dependent.

  • Current participants will be contacted directly regarding registration. New referrals are received through CHEO.
  • All participants will be subject to a medical consult with nursing staff to determine ability to participate, and to identify any risk-mitigation measures.

Rock Rattle and Roll Camp 2020

This program serves individuals between 18 and 35 years who require medical or physical support. This program will not be available for online registration.

  • Previous participants will be contacted directly regarding registration

All participants will be subject to a medical consult with nursing staff to determine ability to participate, and to identify any risk-mitigation measures.

Inclusive virtual activities

Physical programs

Dance activities

Yoga, meditations, affirmations

Cognitive activities

Life skills

Music therapy

Horticultural therapy

Cooking, baking programs and nutrition

Art therapy

Animal therapy

Geography

Museums and famous places with virtual tours

Aquariums and zoos with virtual tours

Resources

Contact us

All questions regarding 2020 summer camps should be directed to CampSummerFun@ottawa.ca.

For more information or help with scheduled payments please contact the Inclusive Recreation Admin Clerk at 613-580-2424 ext. 29283.

To schedule a telephone meeting with our staff, please call the Inclusive Recreation Coordinator in your district:

  • East District: 613-580-2424 ext. 29300
  • Central District: 613-580-2424 ext. 29292
  • South District: 613-580-2424 ext. 29291
  • West District: 613-580-2424 ext. 41226
  • Health Programs: 613-580-2424 ext. 29320

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