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Inclusive Recreation

Services and support

All recreation programs, services and public events offered within the City's Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services department are open to participants with disabilities, in respect of terms and conditions in department policy.

Note: Should you or a family member wish to discuss individual accommodation please allow 2 weeks’ notice for processing of the individual request. If you have registered online or by telephone you are still required to provide the 2 weeks’ notice. 

Inclusive Recreation programs for persons with disabilities

Integrated recreation programs are offered throughout various community centres giving children, youth and adults with special needs the opportunity to participate in community recreation. 

Shared Care Support

Shared Care Integration offers a higher level of support to enable children with a special need to participate in a recreational activity or program.

Specialized recreational programs and activities

In order to best meet your needs and to discuss meaningful recreational opportunities, please contact the Inclusive Recreation Coordinator in your area. An intake meeting is advised to discuss support needs, program activity and program environment prior to participation.

Please note: You will be required to complete a participant enrolment form prior to the meeting.

Specialized recreation programs

The Inclusive Recreation Unit offers six Therapeutic Recreation Day Programs for adults with a developmental disability in partnership with Service Coordination and Developmental Services Ontario.

Please Note: Referral to these programs is managed by Developmental Services Ontario. 

  • Variety Routhier contact: 613-863-4009
  • Variety Carleton Heights contact: 613-295-2816
  • Variety Bob MacQuarrie and Variety Ray Friel (francophone) contact: 613-294-4502
  • Variety Richcraft and Variety Walter Baker contact: 613-798-3291

Recreation eGuide

Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 programs

Special Needs [ PDF - 288.38 KB ]

Spring and Summer 2018 programs

Inclusive Recreation [ PDF - 297.82 KB ]

The Inclusive Recreation guide is only offered in English. The Variety Ray Friel day program is a francophone program.

Contact us

For additional information on Inclusive Recreation programs, or assistance with scheduled payments please contact the Inclusive Recreation Admin Clerk at 613-580-2424 ext. 29283. To schedule a meeting with Inclusive Recreation staff, please contact the Inclusive Recreation Coordinator in your area.

  • East District 613-325-6704
  • Central District 613-222-6594
  • South District 613-447-3426
  • West District 613-292-1798
  • Health Programs 613-798-3394

All individuals registered in a City of Ottawa Recreational Program are responsible to follow the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.

If participation in a program presents any serious risk to health and safety a support person* may be required to attend with the participant. *Support Person: is defined, per Section 4(8) Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, O. Reg. 429/07, as follows: “a support person means, in relation to a person with a disability, another person who accompanies him or her in order to help with communication, mobility, personal care or medical needs or with access to goods

Financial Support – Ottawa Hand in Hand

Recreation & Culture Fee Support

The City of Ottawa offers help with program fees so that all residents can take part in recreation and culture activities regardless of their ability to pay. If you are already a participant in a community or social service agency program, or if you are an individual or family with a low-income, you may qualify for the Ottawa Hand in Hand recreation and culture fee support program.

To apply for the Ottawa Hand in Hand, Recreation and Culture Fee Support:

Step 1: Print the application form at home, or pick one up at most staffed recreation facility or at a Client Service Centre.

Step 2: Complete the application form.

Step 3: Bring the completed application form to your local recreation or cultural facility. A supervisor will review the application for approval.

More information on the fee support program:

  • Residents of all ages are eligible for Ottawa Hand in Hand, recreation and culture fee support.
  • Applications can only be approved at a recreation or cultural facility.
  • Residents are encouraged to apply for the Ottawa Hand in Hand fee support 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 ($175 per person).
  • Participants can register for recreation and culture programs or activities at any of the program registration locations across the City.
  • 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.
  • Applications for Ottawa Hand in Hand, recreation and culture fee support are accepted at anytime.

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