Subsidized Programs



Assistance programs are available to Whitby residents wishing to access recreation programs or facilities. These include the Access Program, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program, and Region of Durham Recreation Program Cards.

*Subsidy Updates*

Due to COVID-19, we have moved the subsidy program online. All applications, supporting documents and questions can be emailed to View the Town of Whitby Subsidy eNewsletter for important  information and updates.

View or print the three-fold Subsidized Program Information Brochure to better assist you with this process.

Access Program

The Access Program provides funding for Town of Whitby recreation programs. Eligibility is based on financial need, and applicants must be Whitby residents. For further information, contact 905.655.2893, download the Access Application Form or complete our online form. Please note that you must submit your most recent income tax notice of assessment and proof of Whitby residency with your application. If you are including your children on your application, please submit your most recent Canada Child Tax Benefit statement listing your eligible children.

In May 2020, Whitby Council approved the most recent policy for the Town of Whitby Access Program. You can view the entire policy on the civic web. Below is an explanation of the main changes:

Children 0-14 years – one program or membership per individual, per session up to a maximum of $125/session fall, winter and spring; and $225 for summer.
This allows for a greater portion of the $600 annual funding to be allocated to summer camps, as they are more expensive than other seasonal programs.

Adults 55+ years – one 55+ annual membership and one program or membership per individual, per session up to a maximum of $150/session.
The inclusion of the 55+ annual membership removes a barrier of having to use a unit to purchase the required membership and creates easier access to programs for our clients.

Low Income Cut Offs

To be eligible for financial assistance, individuals must be a Whitby resident and be living within 25% of the Low Income Cut Offs set by the Federal Government. The Low Income Cut Off chart shows the maximum household income to qualify for the Access Program. Qualified households will receive either 100% coverage or 50% for activity fees if they are at or below these values. Values are updated each year in February. 

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

The Town of Whitby is a proud partner with the Canadian Tire Foundation for Families. The Canadian Tire Jumpstart program gives financially disadvantaged children in Canada, 4 to18 years of age, the opportunity to participate in sports and active recreational activities. For further information, contact 905.655.2893,  Please note that you must first be approved for the Access Program in order to apply for Canadian Tire Jumpstart funding.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart is now available for 2020.

To apply for Canadian Tire Jumpstart funding, please complete the online application at 

Canadian Tire Jump Start Terms and Conditions form

Region of Durham Recreation Program Cards

The Community and Marketing Services Department and Durham Region Social Services offer Whitby residents, who are participants in Ontario Works, the opportunity to participate in leisure activities. To determine whether you are eligible, contact the Department of Social Services, Region of Durham at 905.666.6239.

Advancing Access to Affordable Recreation in Durham

Research has indicated that approximately 3% of low income residents living in the Durham Region access registered recreation services; this is much lower than the 20% average of the general population who participate in registered recreation services and programs. In order to address this gap, the Advancing Access to Affordable Recreation in Durham (AAARD) Committee has been established.

AAARD has conducted research related to barriers that prevent individuals from accessing recreation programs and developed guiding principles to assist in addressing these gaps. With the participation of municipal and not for profit organizations, the Committee is working together to increase access to registered recreation services and program for low income residents.

 AAARD Members

The members of this Committee are committed to working together to increase the number of residents who can experience the benefits of recreation. We commit to working together because the benefits to individual and communities are positive and worth our joint efforts. Research dictates that the provision of parks, recreation and cultural opportunities is an essential service that enhances individuals and the community alike

  • Abilities Centre
  • Boys and Girls Club of Durham
  • Brock Community Health Centre
  • Canadian Tire Jumpstart
  • City of Oshawa
  • City of Pickering
  • Municipality of Clarington
  • Community Development Council Durham
  • Durham Catholic District School Board
  • Durham District School Board
  • Girls Incorporated of Durham
  • Grandview Children's Centre
  • Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic School Board
  • Region of Durham - Social Services
  • Region of Durham - Health Department
  • Their Opportunity
  • Town of Ajax
  • Town of Whitby
  • Township of Brock
  • Township of Scugog
  • Township of Uxbridge
  • Tucker-Reid & Associates
  • YMCA- Oshawa
Publications and Resources

AAARD Charter

AAARD Report

AAARD Spring 2018 Newsletter

AAARD Financial Empowerment Resource