Your ability to lead an active life is important to us. We provide accessible recreation programs for individuals of all ages, not only to enhance lives today but also in a healthy future. We believe that everyone deserves to enjoy and participate in recreational activities. Recreation & Parks has two Town policies outlining our commitment. Both policies reflect the Town’s value of ‘equal access to service, facilities and programs’ and the Town’s commitment to Recreation for All.
Inclusion Policy - Making access to all recreational programs and services a fair and equitable process for all residents. The policy outlines best practices that will help to ensure barrier-free services for persons with disabilities or special needs participating in a Town program or service.
The Town welcomes residents with disabilities or special needs that require interpretive services, mobility and adaptive equipment needs and individualized support. This includes anyone with a physical or developmental disability either congenital or resulting from an injury or illness.
All recreation programs offered by the Town are integrated and designed to encourage participation by all individuals.
We ask for your help in letting us know of a participant’s special need or health condition well before the program start date. Please fill out the appropriate information while registering and contact us at 905-873-2601 ext. 2275 to discuss the best options for support during activities.
Options can include;
Recreation staff provide individualized support, within the scope of staff’s expertise
Individuals arrange their own support to assist with their participation
(see Rec Partner Pass)
Other options for success arranged between participants, guardians and staff
Do you have a temporary or permanent disability that makes it difficult for you to participate in recreation programs on your own? Would you find it helpful to bring a partner along to assist you in participating? If you answered YES , the Rec Partner Pass may be just what you are looking for!
What is a Rec Partner Pass?
A Rec Partner Pass provides free admission to an individual providing assistance to a participant with a disability who is attending a Recreation & Parks registered program, drop-in program, or activity at the Seniors Centre.
Who qualifies for a Rec Partner Pass?
What is the role of the Rec Partner?
Having been chosen by the participant, the Rec Partner:
Accompanies the participant with a disability in his/her chosen program or activity to provide one-on-one assistance that is not provided by Recreation & Parks program instructors;
Supports the participant with a disability in program participation;
Provides full supervision throughout the entire program;
Behaves in a manner that supports a positive program experience for all program participants;
For aquatic activities, is comfortable, and behaves safely, in the water.