Affordable Access and Subsidy Programs

The benefits of physical activity and play, at a low or no cost.

The town is currently in the Red-Control level in response to rising COVID-19 cases.

Town of Oakville recreation facilities remain open with new health and safety measures.

The Town of Oakville continues its commitment to health and safety with altered programs and services, and is in regular contact with public health authorities to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

With Premier Ford’s announcement on Friday, November 13, we have moved into the Red-Control level of the provincial COVID-19 Response Framework.

The following are in effect at all town-operated recreation facilities:

  • Access to recreation facilities is limited to 90 minutes.
  • Team sport programming such as hockey has been suspended.
  • Drop-in programs for non-team sports such as badminton and pickleball continue with limited capacities.
  • Spectators are not permitted.

Not all facilities or amenities are available at this time. If you don’t see your favourite program now, check back regularly. Activities are being added as safety measures can be put in place. Visit our Programs FAQs page for more information.

Winter programs

Winter programs will be available to browse at Programs Oakville starting Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Our new web application offers a more convenient and user-friendly program search tool for registered weekly programs and workshops.

Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 9 at 7 a.m. for residents.

An active Senior Services membership is not required to register for 50+ programs at this time. Participants must only be 50 years of age or older.

Pre-registration is also required to participate in our drop-in programs. Check availability and book your drop-ins using Active Oakville. If you can't find your favourite program, check back regularly. More activities are being added as safety measures can be put in place.

Monthly memberships are available. Call 905-815-2000 for details.

What is affordable access?

Believing that all residents should have access to programs and services offered by the Recreation and Culture department regardless of age, ability or financial need, the Town of Oakville provides residents with free and low-fee programs and services, as well as financial assistance options.

How to register if you have a subsidy

Clients should complete the new online form to use a Recreation Connection, Halton Region Recreation Referral or Halton Region Child Care subsidy. Because our facilities are currently closed under provincial order, in-person registrations are not permitted at this time.

Please note: We are currently processing all payments and registrations online. If you don't have access to a credit card and need to place credit on your Recreation and Culture account, please email affordableaccess@oakville.ca and we will set up an appointment with you.

Questions? Please email iris@oakville.ca for details about our new registration process.

Click on the tabs that follow for more information.

Fee subsidies through Halton Region

Families receiving Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disabilty Support (ODSP) are automatically eligible for this funding.

Families with one (1) child who earn less than $35,000, and families with two (2) or more children who earn less than $45,000, may also be eligible providing they are in active receipt of Child Care Fee Subsidy from Halton Region.

For more information, visit the Halton Region website, call 905-825-6000 or 311.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Jumpstart's core purpose is to enrich the lives of kids (ages 4 to 18) in need through sports and physical activity. They assist with the costs associated with registration, equipment, and/or transportation.

Families living below Revenue Canada's Low-Income Cut-Off (LICO) are eligible for Jumpstart funding.

NEW! In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jumpstart has expanded their eligibility requirements to include families who receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

For more information, please visit the Jumpstart website.

Recreation Connection

Under the Town of Oakville's Recreation Connection program, financial assistance is available based on total net income of all family members and the number of people in your household.

Once your application is approved, you will receive an account and registration information letter. Each eligible family member on your application will receive a credit of $300 which is valid for one year. You may apply for and receive the credit once per year.

Applications for Recreation Connection are ongoing throughout the year. The first day of each customer's 12-month enrolment period will be the date their credit is added to their account.

Where can I submit my Recreation Connection application?

Recreation Connection applications can be submitted Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m., at the following locations:

Answers to frequently asked questions follow. Click on a heading for more information.

To qualify for the Recreation Connection program, the applicant must:

  1. Be a resident of Oakville*
  2. Have a total net individual or combined family income** below LICO (Low Income Cut-Offs);
  3. Provide recent official documentation that shows total family net income using one or more of the following original statements/documents:
  • Notice of Assessment form (T451) – required for all family members over 18 years of age without dependents
  • Canada Child Tax Benefit Notice – required when the application includes dependents under 18 years of age
  • Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax Credit Notice
  • Ontario Child Care Supplement for Working Families Notice
  • Ontario Works (OW) Statement of Assistance
  • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Statement of Assistance
  • Community Organization Referral (from approved partners)

*Refugees are eligible to apply for Recreation Connection within the first year of receiving the following documents and income verification is not required:

  • Confirmation of Permanent Residency (received at airport for each individual), OR if available, the Government of Canada Permanent Resident Card; OR
  • Refugee Protection Claimant Document; AND
  • Proof of residency in Oakville (recent utility bill, lease agreement, driver’s license, etc.).

Provided eligibility requirements are met, dependents over the age of 18 and living at home must apply separately as an individual.

**Maximum qualifying income

Family size — current dollars
1 person — $22,324
2 persons — $27,790
3 persons — $34,165
4 persons — $41,481
5 persons — $47,046
6 persons — $53,061
7 persons or more — $59,076

Subsidy available is $300 per person.

Download the Recreation Connection application form (PDF) or pick one up in person.

Applications for fee assistance can be found at any Recreation and Culture department customer service counter, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A specific appointment time is not necessary but can be made by phoning your preferred location or by e-mailing affordableaccess@oakville.ca.

Applicants are required to provide the documentation outlined under How do I qualify?

Town of Oakville Recreation and Culture staff will forward all eligible applications to Town Hall for processing. This will take approximately seven (7) business days. A welcome letter will be provided with registration information.

Once the credit has been applied to your account, you will be able to register in programs of your choice.

Programs and services NOT eligible for fee assistance include:

  • Library programs
  • Facility rentals
  • Community Connection programs
  • Single admission (pay-as-you-go) passes
  • Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts show tickets
  • Material fees and concession items

Can I use my credit towards my child’s activities?

Your individual credit cannot be transferred to other family members or individuals.

Can I use some of my own funds along with my credit to pay for a program?

You have the option to either use the credit to cover the full program or membership cost or to pay a portion yourself using an accepted payment method. This can only be done when registering in person.

Can I carry over my credit to the next year?

The credit has no real cash value. Any refunds from cancelled or withdrawn programs will be returned to your account as a credit. Any unused credits remaining at the end of your enrolment period cannot be carried over or transferred to another individual or family member or redeemed for cash.

Once my credit is used up can I receive more?

You are eligible to reapply for the program once per year if you continue to meet all of the eligibility criteria. Applications can be made 30 days prior to the end of your current enrolment period.