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Inclusive Recreation

City recreation and cultural facilities and amenities are now closed

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all recreation and cultural facilities, including recreation complexes, community centres, arenas, swimming pools, theatres and museums are closed until further notice. The City is undergoing a phased reopening of services and programs impacted by COVID-19.

Indoor and outdoor facility rentals

  • The City has cancelled all existing indoor rental agreements for the month of July.
  • The City will consider rentals of indoor space for up to 10 people on a case-by-case basis.

City facilities

  • Effective June 18 and as part of the Province of Ontario framework for re-opening the Terry Fox Athletic Facility will open with limited access for recognized organizations and athletes affiliated at the National and Provincial level for track and field only. The facility will remain closed for all other services.
  • City programs, including fitness classes, are cancelled until further notice.
  • Performances at Shenkman Arts Centre are suspended. Customers will be contacted regarding refunds and exchanges.
  • Performances at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe are suspended. Customers will be contacted regarding refunds and exchanges.

Arena rentals

All existing arena bookings from July 1 to August 31 have been cancelled. However, the following businesses and organizations may rebook ice time at select arenas for training amateur or professional hockey and figure skating athletes, or to run amateur or professional athletic competitions, in groups of 10 or less - adhering to Provincial gathering restrictions.

  • A national sport organization funded by Sport Canada or a member club of such an organization;
  • A provincial sport or multi-sport organization recognized by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture or a member club of such an organization;
  • A professional sport league or a member club of such a league.
  • A business or organization using the ice time to train amateur or professional athletes or to run amateur or professional athletic competitions.

Due to demand, the City is reopening some ice pads in July. The City has issued an invitation to all current permit holders to reapply for available July ice time. Only organizations that meet the requirements will be considered. Bookings will only be accepted by phone and email.

Teams must have:

  • Valid insurance
  • An attendance roster
  • Permission from a governing body

Fitness memberships

All City of Ottawa fitness memberships expiring in the month of July will be cancelled and clients will receive a prorated refund. Memberships expiring after July 31 will be re-evaluated at a later time. 

The City of Ottawa is undergoing a phased reopening of services and programs impacted by COVID-19. Learn more about Ottawa’s reopening plan and new safety measures.

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.

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.

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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