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Inclusive Recreation

City recreation and cultural facilities are undergoing a phased reopening

The City is undergoing a phased reopening of services and programs impacted by COVID-19, including recreation complexes, community centres, arenas, swimming pools, theatres and museums.

Indoor community space rentals

With the Province of Ontario moving Ottawa into stage three of its reopening framework, the City will be resuming rentals of community spaces at 12 recreation and four cultural facilities starting on August 4. All existing August rental contracts have been cancelled and new applications are welcome starting on Monday, July 27.

Stage three of the Provincial reopening regulations will guide the allocation of community space for activities, programs and events. The maximum numbers permitted for gatherings has increased to 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors.

The following facilities will reopen for rentals with limited hours available at each location:

The City will assess the feasibility and availability of space for each rental request on a case-by-case basis, type of activity, number of participants or attendees, and capacity of the space to accommodate proper physical distancing. The space must allow four square metres per person so each attendee can maintain a two-metre distance from each other – helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Before the rental date, the approved group will receive a rental agreement that outlines key points, including:

  • All participants and attendees must practice physical distancing
  • Wearing masks is mandatory indoors – masks to be provided by renters or participants
  • Renters have access to the main building lobby, room rental, assigned washrooms, first aid, and change rooms if required
  • Canteen, remaining washrooms, social areas and kitchens remain closed
  • All facilities will be equipped with proper personal protective equipment, signage, directional and physical distancing decals and defined pathway with one-way circulation through the building
  • Renters must adhere to the conditions of use

Amateur and recreational sports leagues can resume if they do not allow for physical contact between players or if play has been modified to avoid physical contact between players.

City facilities

  • Terry Fox Athletic Facility is open for individual and groups for drop in, membership and rentals. There are no longer restrictions related to affiliation with National and Provincial organizations.

  • Some 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 arena bookings made before July 1st for July and August have been cancelled and the City is booking ice time at the first four arenas to reopen.

Eligible organizations may book ice time for activities that conform to Provincial directives on physical distancing, avoiding prolonged and intentional contact and gathering restrictions. The recently-announced Stage 3 Provincial Framework is being reviewed to confirm the remaining limitations on ice rentals. Bookings can be made by phone and email.

Additional arenas may be opened in the coming weeks based on demand.

Fitness memberships

Information regarding the extension of other memberships – such as all-inclusive, one option, aquafitness and corporate – will be coming soon.

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.

Swimming memberships

The City will be extending current swimming membership expiry dates by 4.5 months.

The 4.5-month extension on the current swimming memberships covers the four months when operations were suspended due to the pandemic on March 16. Plus, it adds an extra two complimentary weeks to help members transition to the reopening.

Customers who pay for their membership by monthly installments on their credit cards will have payments resume on August 15. All monthly payments have been suspended since March 17. Customers who need to update their credit card information are asked to do so in-person at the pool facility, as credit card information cannot be updated online or over the phone.

Members and customers can book a one-hour swimming session up to two days in advance online or by phoning the facility.

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.

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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