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Recreation programs

Register for a program

Spring and Summer 2019 Recreation eGuide

Registration begins:

  • Aquatics and Aquafitness programs:
    • Online and touch tone phone: March 4, at 9 pm
    • In person: March 5 during business hours
  • Other programs:
    • Online and touch tone phone: March 6, at 9 pm
    • In person: March 7 during business hours

How to register

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

You can also register by phone at 613-580-2588 Monday to Friday, from 7 am to 7 pm (except on statutory holidays), or, in person by visiting a recreation facility or client service centre.

Browse the recreation guide

Summer camps and other camps

Browse the summer camp recreation eGuide complete list here.

Learn More

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

Browse PA day programs.

Before and after school programs

Registration for Before and After School care for 2019-2020 School year:

  • May 15 at 9 pm

Start or end 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. 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! 

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)

  • September 3, 2019 to June 25, 2020.
East of the Rideau River 2019 to 2020
Location Address Phone number Before School After School
Beacon Hill North Community Centre 2130 Radford Court 613-748-1771 No program 1491745
Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex-Orléans 1490 Youville Drive 613-580-9600 No program 1509253
Glen Ogilvie Public School 46 Centrepark Drive 613-580-2424 ext. 30235 No program 1509255
Greely Community Centre 1448 Meadow Drive 613-580-2424 1493745 1493794
Greenboro Community Centre 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive 613-580-2805 No program 1490551
Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre 3320 Paul Anka Drive 613-260-1299 No program 1490559
Metcalfe Community Centre 2785 8th Line Road 613-580-2424 ext. 30235 1493779 1493866
Pat Clark Community Centre 4355 Halmont Drive 613-748-1771 No program 1491652
Ray Friel Recreation Complex 1585 Tenth Line Road 613-580-4765 1501865 No program
Rideauview Community Centre 4310 Shoreline Drive 613-822-7887 No program 1437524
1437537
Sandy Hill Community Centre 250 Somerset Street East 613-564-1062 No program 1469771
South Fallingbrook Community Centre 998 Valin Street 613-824-0633 ext. 221 1492656 1492651
Terry Fox Elementary School 6400 Jeanne D'Arc Boulevard 613-580-9600 No program 1509254
West of the Rideau River 2019 to 2020
Location Address Phone number Before School After School
Bridlewood Community Elementary School 63 Bluegrass Drive 613-271-0712 No program 1507450
Hintonburg Community Centre 1064 Wellington Street West 613-798-8874 No program 1507060
Manotick Arena 5572 Doctor Leach Drive 613-692-4772 No program 1490559
Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven 3500 Cambrian Road 613-727-2683 1469608 1469811
Osgoode Community Centre 5660 Osgoode Main 613-580-2595 No program 1493937
Richcraft Recreation Complex-Kanata 4101 Innovation Drive 613-580-9696 No program 1431776
Walter Baker Sports Centre 100 Malvern Drive 613-580-2788 No program 1501746 (4 to 5 years)

Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB)

  • September 3, 2019 to June 25, 2020
East of the Rideau River 2019 to 2020
Location Address Phone number Before School After School
Greenboro Community Centre 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive 613-580-2805 No program 1494578
Rideauview Community Centre 4310 Shoreline Drive 613-822-7887 No program 1437551
St-Laurent Complex 525 Coté Street 613-742-6767 No program 1499124
West of the Rideau River 2019 to 2020
Location Address Phone number Before School After School
CARDELREC Recreation Complex Goulbourn 1500 Shea Road 613-580-2532 No program 1503777
Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven 3500 Cambrian Road 613-727-2683 1469659 1469821
Walter Baker Sports Centre 100 Malvern Drive 613-580-2788 No program 1482921

Conseil des Écoles publiques de L'est de l'Ontario (CEPEO) and Conseil des Écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE)

The City of Ottawa also offers programs in French

  • August 28, 2019 to June 15, 2020
East of the Rideau River 2019 to 2020
Location Address Phone number Before School After School
Greenboro Community Centre 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive 613-580-2805 No program 1494751
Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre 3320 Paul Anka Drive 613-260-1299 No program 1490726
Rideauview Community Centre 4310 Shoreline Drive 613-822-7887 No program 1437560
West of the Rideau River 2019 to 2020
Location Address Phone number Before School After School
CARDELREC Recreation Complex Goulbourn 1500 Shea Road 613-580-2532 No program 1463501

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.

Step 1: Print the application form [ PDF - 546 KB ] 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. Applications can only be approved at a recreation or cultural facility.

  • 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 ($175 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.

Gift certificates

Gift certificates are available for purchase at City of Ottawa recreation or culture facilities.

  • Gift Certificates can be redeemed at recreation facilities or Client Service Centres to register for the program of your choice.
  • You can also request the value of the gift certificate be credited to your account for later use during online or telephone registration.

Enrolment and medication forms

Please 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. You can either print these forms, or pick up a copy at your local facility.

Please note that these forms cannot be submitted electronically.

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 if these programs are offered in your community please email iloveto@ottawa.ca and let us know:

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

Spring programs

Parasport Multi-Sport (7-16 years)
Two indoor racquet programs are offered for participants with physical and developmental challenges.

I Love to Dance (5-18 years)
Follow dance instruction and perform in professional venues. Dance workshops are offered in March break and in summer camps across the city. Programming is also offered to priority community groups throughout the year.

I Love to Swim (4-18 years)
Learn beginner water safety and competitive water sports. Learn the basic skills to take the next steps of aquatic training and certification, to eventually find part-time work as lifeguard or swim instructor.

Community Centre Basketball League (12-17 years)
A non-competitive basketball league. Learn sportsmanship, skill development and leadership. This year-long program has weekly practices, two basketball tournaments, and volunteer opportunities. Older participants are offered extra training to grow their skills to work in recreation.

Summer programs

I Love to Play Soccer (6-12 years)
In this skill-based, non-competitive program, you’ll get 6 one-hour lessons, a T-shirt and a participation medal at the Festival (held at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility). Note: This may be offered as part of a day camp program.

I Love to Mentor Camp (13-15 years)
Learn team building, problem solving, physical activity and time management. Organize and deliver a half-day recreation program for preschoolers.Offered at the Hunt Club Riverside Community Centre, 3320 Paul Anka Dr.

I Love to Dance (5-18 years)
Follow dance instruction and perform in professional venues. Dance workshops are offered in March break and in summer camps across the city. Programming is also offered to priority community groups throughout the year.

I Love to Swim (4-18 years)
Learn beginner water safety and competitive water sports. Learn the basic skills to take the next steps of aquatic training and certification, to eventually find part-time work as lifeguard or swim instructor.