According to the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, 1 in 6 children in Canada live in poverty. Research shows that children in low-income families are less involved in sport, cultural and recreational pursuits.
Research also shows that recreation is essential to the physical, emotional and social development of children. It is also a key factor in addressing the province-wide concern with childhood obesity.
To help address these issues, the City of Cornwall is working to make municipal and community recreation programs more affordable to families in low-income households.
The Recreation Financial Accessibility Policy improves access to City-operated recreation facilities and programs (including aquatics, sports and arts and culture programs) for residents who are not able to afford user fees for the services.
The Policy provides opportunities for families to participate in recreation programs at a discounted price. Participants can receive a subsidy of 75 % of the cost of an eligible program or service and pay 25 % of the fee, to a maximum subsidy of $200 per person per year.
Some of the programs that are eligible through this Policy include swimming lessons at the Aquatic Centre, pottery, kick boxing, basketball, Tiny Tots Crafts and the Winter Break Camp. Aquatic Centre family memberships and skating passes are also available to financially-vulnerable families who are not participating in organized programs.
Parks & Recreation Staff will confirm eligibility for the program by reviewing one of the following documents:
Families who are working and are not receiving assistance from Ontario Works but whose income is below the poverty line (as determined by Statistics Canada's Low Income Cut-Offs, or LICO) are eligible for this Policy.
Participating children and adults must be residents of the City of Cornwall.
In addition to the Recreation Financial Accessibility Policy, the City's Parks & Recreation Department also manages the Canadian Tire Jumpstart fund for the City of Cornwall and the surrounding area.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charitable program that helps financially disadvantaged kids participate in organized sport and recreation. The program helps to cover registration, equipment and/or transportation costs.
The funds for this program are disbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis, and families could be eligible for subsidies for various youth sporting activities in the community.
To find out more about accessing this program, please contact Donna Raymond-Walker by email or by phone, (613) 930-2787 ext. 2566.
New - Online applications!
You can now apply for Jumpstart assistance online! For more information, click here.
For additional information on any these programs, please call or speak to a member of the Parks & Recreation Department at:
800 Seventh Street West
100 Water Street East