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Recreation and cultural programs

Register for a program

How to register

  1. Sign-in or create an account
  2. Find a program

You can also register in person by visiting a recreation facility or client service centre.

Client service centre in-person service is available by appointment only. Please select a location to book an appointment time:

PA days and before and after school programs

Participants must complete a program enrolment form, found in the Forms for extended Recreation and Culture programs section.

PA days and camps

Registration for 2022-2023 school year begins Wednesday, May 25 at 9 pm.

 

Before and after school programs

Start or finish the school day with fun! Get active with games and sports and be creative with arts and crafts. Some quiet time for homework, too. Make new friends when you join our Club. The City of Ottawa is a registered HIGH FIVE® organization. We commit to healthy child development and safety for children’s recreation programs. Choose quality for your kids!

Registration for before and after school care for 2022-2023 school year begins:

  • Wednesday, May 25 at 9 pm

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)

  • September 6, 2022 to June 29, 2023
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board - before and after school programs 2022 - 2023
Location Address Phone number Before or after school Barcode
Bob MacQuarrie - Orléans 1490 Youville Drive 613-580-9600 ext. 32777 After 1633402
Canterbury 2185 Arch Street 613-580-2424 ext. 344870 Before 1632061
CardelRec Complex
(Goulbourn)
1500 Shea Road 613-580-2424 ext. 20709 After 1631131
Glen Ogilvie School 46 Centrepark Drive 613-824-0633 ext.221 After 1629056
Greenboro 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 32644 After 1632154
Hintonburg 1064 Wellington Street West 613-798-8874 After 1631026
Hunt Club-Riverside 3320 Paul Anka Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 33174 After 1630930
Manotick 5572 Doctor Leach Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 30235 After 1633084
Pat Clark 4355 Halmont Drive 613-748-9457 After 1633581
Ray Friel 1585 Tenth Line Road 613-580-2424 ext. 32047 After 1634140
Richcraft – Kanata 4101 Innovation Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 34486 After 1628655
Sandy Hill 250 Somerset Street East 613-564-1062 After 1631150
South Fallingbrook 998 Valin Street 613-824-0633 ext. 221 After 1629202
St-Laurent 525 Côté Street 613-742-6767 After 1634164
Terry Fox School 6400 Jeanne D'Arc Boulevard 613-824-0633 ext.221 After 1629086
Walter Baker 100 Malvern Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 30390 After 1630727

Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB)

  • September 6, 2022 to June 28, 2023
Ottawa Catholic School Board - before and after school programs 2022 - 2023
Location Address Phone number Before or after school Barcode
Bob MacQuarrie - Orléans 1490 Youville Drive 613-580-9600 ext. 32777 After 1633326
Canterbury 2185 Arch Street 613-580-2424 ext. 344870 Before 1632087
CardelRec Complex (Goulbourn) 1500 Shea Road 613-580-2424 ext. 20709 After 1633786
Greely 1448 Meadow Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 30235 Before 1632760
Greely 1448 Meadow Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 30235 After 1629056
Greenboro 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 32644 After 1632176
Hunt Club-Riverside 3320 Paul Anka Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 33174 After 1630844
Manotick 5572 Doctor Leach Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 30235 After 1633084
Pat Clark 4355 Halmont Drive 613-748-9457 After 1633581
Ray Friel 1585 Tenth Line Road 613-580-2424 ext. 32047 After 1634140
Richcraft – Kanata 4101 Innovation Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 34486 After 1628655
Sandy Hill 250 Somerset Street East 613-564-1062 After 1631150
South Fallingbrook 998 Valin Street 613-824-0633 ext. 221 After 1629202
St-Laurent 525 Côté Street 613-742-6767 After 1634164
Walter Baker 100 Malvern Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 30390 After 1632623

Conseil des Écoles publiques de L'est de l'Ontario (CEPEO)

  • August 30, 2022 to June 22, 2023
Conseil des Écoles publiques de L'est de l'Ontario - before and after school programs 2022 - 2023
Location Address Phone number Before or after school Barcode
Canterbury 2185 Arch Street 613-580-2424 ext. 344870 Before 1632098
CardelRec Complex (Goulbourn) 1500 Shea Road 613-580-2424 ext. 20709 After 1633825
Greely 1448 Meadow Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 30235 Before 1632760
Greely 1448 Meadow Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 30235 After 1629056
Greenboro 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 32644 After 1634396
Manotick 5572 Doctor Leach Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 30235 After 1633084
Richcraft – Kanata 4101 Innovation Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 34486 After 1628655

Conseil des Écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE)

  • August 30, 2022 to June 22, 2023
Conseil des Écoles catholiques du Centre-Est - before and after school programs 2022 - 2023
Location Address Phone number Before or after school Barcode
Canterbury 2185 Arch Street 613-580-2424 ext. 344870 Before 1632098
CardelRec Complex (Goulbourn) 1500 Shea Road 613-580-2424 ext. 20709 After 1633824
Greely 1448 Meadow Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 30235 Before 1632760
Greely 1448 Meadow Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 30235 After 1629056
Greenboro 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 32644 After 1634396
Hunt Club-Riverside 3320 Paul Anka Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 33174 After 1631087
Manotick 5572 Doctor Leach Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 30235 After 1633084
Richcraft – Kanata 4101 Innovation Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 34486 After 1628655

Inclusive Recreation

Inclusive Recreation offers integration support in After School programs.

Recreation and leisure for older adults

senior centres, older adult programs, active living club…

Learn More

Financial support – Ottawa Hand in Hand

If you are already a participant in a community or social service agency program, if you are an individual or family with a low-income or a family member with a disability, you may qualify for the Ottawa Hand in Hand recreation and culture fee support program.

Only residents of the City of Ottawa may apply for the Ottawa Hand in Hand subsidy, on their own behalf or for a dependent wishing to participate in programs or activities offered by the Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services Department (RCFS). For additional information on Ottawa Hand in Hand, the City of Ottawa’s fee assistance program, residents are invited to visit their local recreation or culture facility or any City Client Service Centre.

Please note: applicants will be asked to provide proof of identity, residency and of financial need and should be prepared to provide copies of formal documentation.

Applicants must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Evidence of being in receipt of Ontario Works
  • Evidence of being in receipt of a Child Care Subsidy
  • Evidence of being in receipt of Essential Health and Social Supports
  • Evidence of being in receipt of Ontario Disability Support Pension (ODSP)
  • Evidence of being in receipt of Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD/MCSS)
  • Evidence of being in receipt of a Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
  • Means test using the Low Income Cut-Off
    • T451E Notice of Assessment or,
    • Child Tax Benefit Form
  • Special circumstances may also be considered (details to be provided in the application form).
  • Residents of all ages are eligible.
  • Residents are encouraged to apply as early as possible before the program registration period.
  • Each qualifying individual, or member of a family, is eligible for an annual amount of fee support ($200 per person).
  • Applicants are encouraged to pay a minimum of 25 per cent of the program cost.
  • A parent or guardian can transfer all, or a portion of their Ottawa Hand in Hand fee support entitlement to a child or children in their household.

How to apply

  1. Complete the online application form, or pick one up at most staffed recreation facilities or at a Client Service Centre.
  2. Bring the completed application form to your local recreation or cultural facility.

A supervisor will review the application for approval. Applications can only be approved at a recreation or cultural facility.

Enrolment and medication forms

You will need to complete the following form(s) if you are registering your child(ren) in a program that meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • The program operates for 2.5 hours or more at one time
  • The program is considered a before or after school program
  • The program is considered a day camp; march break camp, PA day camp, winter holiday camp or summer camp
  • The program is an unlicensed drop-off preschool program offered for two or more hours at a time (e.g. Duffer Doo)

All participants must submit a completed Enrolment Form on or before the first day of camp. If required, please also complete the Medication Forms and submit them at the same time. Forms will be emailed to clients and we encourage you to fill them out in advance. Printed copies will be available on site.

Conditions of Enrolment

  1. An Enrolment Form must be completed for each participant. If a participant suffers from severe allergies, parents or legal guardian must complete the Medication Administration Request Form, provide two auto-injectors of epinephrine (i.e. EpiPen) and a current photo of the participant.
  2. Parents or legal guardians must notify Program Staff of any changes to the information given on the Enrolment Form including medical, physical and emotional health issues and/or custody arrangements.
  3. Parents or legal guardians must notify Program Staff if the participant will be late attending the program or absent.
  4. Those authorized on the Enrolment Form to pick up the participant will be requested to follow the program’s signing-out procedures.  Staff will not release a participant to any person who is not authorized by the parent or legal guardian to do so. Participants walking to and from the program site will have their arrival and departure information recorded by a staff person.
  5. Participants must be picked up and dropped off by the agreed upon time and by those persons authorized to do. In cases where the participant is underage and has permission to leave on their own, parents or legal guardians will provide the time the minor should be expected to arrive and the time they are allowed to leave the program.
  6. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for the participant before the start of the program and upon arrival when picking up the participant at the end of the program.
  7. City of Ottawa attempts to offer an allergen-safe environment. Please do not send the participant with lunches or snacks that may contain nuts, traces of nuts or nut by-products.
  8. Participants are responsible for their own belongings. The City of Ottawa shall not be responsible for loss or damage to property belonging to program participants.
  9. Participants are not to bring electronic devices, iPods, smart phones, tablets, toys or similar items unless requested to do so by staff.
  10. All electronic equipment with photographic capabilities (including cellular telephones) is strictly prohibited.
  11. Participants are to be capable of utilizing the washroom facilities with little to no prompting. Participants in a non-parented program must be toilet trained prior to the start of the program.
  12. Participants with behavioural difficulties may require additional support and may be referred to Inclusive Recreation for specialized and individual program planning.
  13. Parents/guardians agree to pay for any and all damages intentionally caused by the participant to facility property and/or the property of others.
  14. Illegal drugs, alcohol, or weapons are forbidden on City of Ottawa property.
  15. Participants are expected to demonstrate basic respect for the dignity and rights of other program participants and staff. The City of Ottawa reserves the right to immediately suspend or terminate the enrolment of any participant who displays any behaviour that violates the following guidelines:
    1. Inappropriate behaviour, foul language and aggressive behaviour to other participants and staff.
    2. Respect for City of Ottawa property and the property of others.
  16. All participants must comply with Federal, Provincial and Municipal laws and all rules, regulations, policies, procedures and by-laws of the City of Ottawa.

Non-compliance with the Conditions of Enrolment will result in a written warning. If the Conditions of Enrolment continue to be breached, the City of Ottawa reserves the right to discharge the participant. A participant may be discharged immediately after a one- time occurrence where the behaviour is deemed serious, i.e. violent and/or abusive.

Terms and conditions of registration

Programs must be paid for in full at the time of registration. Payment can be made by cheque, credit card, debit card or cash. Cheques are made payable to the City of Ottawa. Prepaid or reloadable credit cards, gift certificate, Visa Debit and Interac Online are not accepted at this time.

Waitlist

If a spot should become available due to another person cancelling or transferring out of the class, you will receive a call from staff. At that time you can decide whether to take or decline the spot. You may register in another class and on the chance your waitlisted course becomes available, you will be contacted to confirm if you wish to be transferred back to your original preference.

Incorrect age

Unfortunately the registration system will not allow you to register if you do not meet the required age at the start of the program. Contact your local recreational facility, Client Service Centre, or call 3-1-1.

Cancellations

Courses with insufficient registration will be cancelled. If a class or lesson is cancelled, every attempt will be made to re-schedule. If the class or lesson cannot be rescheduled, a refund will be issued.

Withdrawals and refunds

Withdrawals can be made:

Online, up to 7 days before course start date for a credit on your recreation account.
At any recreation facility or Client Service Centre.

Refunds:

When requesting a refund, you must submit a completed Refund Request Form available at any recreation facility or Client Service Centre.

  • Refunds can be issued only by cheque, credit card, or as a credit on your recreation account
    • With the City moving to a new registration, booking and payment system, we are asking you to request a refund when withdrawing from a course, rather than adding a new credit to your account.
    • Processing fees are being waived for a refund of credits that have been on your account for less than two years.
      • The $15 processing fee will still apply to a refund of credits on your account for more than two years.
    • If more than 50% of the course/membership has elapsed, no refund or credit on account will be offered.
    • ​There are no refunds or credits for private lessons.
    • For admission and goods purchases, refunds will be processed at the Facility with proof of purchase.

Returned cheque /declined credit card fee

A service fee will be charged after two declined credit card payments and on all cheques returned as Non Sufficient Funds (NSF), Stop Payment or Funds Not Cleared.

Credits on Account

Credits can be left on your account for two years. After which, refunds will be issued automatically and subject to a $15 processing fee.

Seniors’ discount

City of Ottawa residents who are 65 years of age and over will receive a discount of 10 per cent when registering for a City program. A proof of age is required.

Non-resident fee

Non-Ottawa residents will be charged an additional 25 per cent per person per program or membership.

Credit Card payments in excess of $5,000

Credit Card payments totalling $5,000 or greater (within a one month period) will be charged a fee of 1.99% as authorized by City of Ottawa By-law 2013-191. The City's Accounts Receivable Unit will issue a blue invoice monthly for these fees.

Medication administration

If the participant requires that City of Ottawa staff be responsible for storing, administering or supervising the administration of any medication, the participant or parent/guardian is required to sign a release waiver and submit it to the facility where the program is being offered. Contact the facility for additional information.

Severe allergies

It is the responsibility of the participant or parent/guardian to identify if there are severe allergies that require an auto-injector. The City of Ottawa attempts to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants with "allergen-safe zones and practices". Participants or parents/guardians are required to provide two auto-injectors and sign a release waiver to be submitted to the facility where the program is offered.

I Love To programs

About the I Love To programs

Over 3,500 children and youth get to take part in organized sport, recreation and cultural activities each year thanks to the I Love to Programs, made possible by the City of Ottawa and Canadian Tire Jumpstart charities.

I Love to programs are offered across the City in parks and recreation facilities.

To learn more information about the programs or if they are offered in your community please email:

Please include the following information:

  1. Your child’s age
  2. Program(s) of interest
  3. Which neighbourhood you live in

Assumption of risks

When participants from multiple families attend a drop-in or registered program, there is an increased risk of the COVID-19 virus coming into the facility.

  • All individuals, including aquatic participants, staff, and visitors must be screened daily.
  • Screenings should be conducted whenever possible before individuals enter the facility.
  • Children who are infected with the COVID-19 virus are more likely than adults to have very mild infections or to have no symptoms at all, but these children can still transmit the infection to other children and to adults at the facility. This means that participants can bring home an infection acquired in a facility and put other persons at risk. The screening process will not detect infected children or adults who do not have symptoms at the time of screening
  • Residents over 65 years of age are at a higher risk at contracting COVID-19
  • For COVID-19 specifically, anyone who fits any of the criteria below will not be allowed into the facility or program and will need to self-isolate for a period of 14 days or as related to management of symptoms outlined below, from the Ministry of Health’s ‘COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms’:
    • Fever (temperature of 37.8 degrees C or greater), new or worsening cough, shortness of breath
    • Other symptoms
      • sore throat, difficulty swallowing
      • new olfactory or taste disorder(s)
      • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
      • runny nose, or nasal congestion (in absence of underlying reason for these symptoms such as seasonal allergies, postnasal drip, etc.)
    • Other signs
      • clinical or radiological evidence of pneumonia
    • Atypical symptoms and signs
      • unexplained fatigue, malaise, myalgias, delirium (a serious medical condition that involves confusion, changes to memory, and odd behaviours)
      • unexplained or increased number of falls
      • acute functional decline
      • worsening of chronic conditions
      • chills
      • headaches
      • croup, conjunctivitis, multisystem inflammatory vasculitis in children, unexplained tachycardia (heart rate over 100 beats per minute), including age specific tachycardia for children, decrease in blood pressure, unexplained hypoxia (even if mild i.e. O2 sat <90%), lethargy and difficulty feeding in infants (if in other diagnosis)
    • Symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and in whom laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19 is inconclusive
    • outside of Canada in the last 14 days

If participants are displaying one or more symptoms of COVID-19, they will not be permitted into the facility or aquatic program.

I fully understand that the program or activity for which the participant is partaking in may involve personal risk, dangers, and hazards that all participants are required to assume including but not limited to some risk of illness, or personal injury caused by physical activity or other participants. Understanding this, I hereby accept as participant or on behalf of the minor participant all risks, dangers, and hazards as well as the possibility of illness, personal injury or other loss resulting from the participant’s participation in this program or activity. I agree to release, waive, and discharge the City of Ottawa, as well as its employees, officials, agents, and volunteers, from all liability to me, and to the participant, and to my heirs, executors and administrators, that we have, or may have in the future, for all loss or damage and from any claims or demands for such loss or damage on account of personal illness, injury, and damage including death or property loss, however caused, as a result of the participant’s participation in this City program or activity.