Inclusion & Support

Enhanced support options available through our Recreation and Culture programs.

Our programs are for everyone!

We strive to make our programs and services accessible and inclusive to all members of our community. 

Support services are available for those with:

  • intellectual or physical disabilities
  • attention or behaviour difficulties
  • vision or hearing impairments
  • learning disabilities
  • allergies or medical conditions

Program Questionnaire

To best serve the needs of all program participants, we ask individuals to thoroughly complete the questionnaire attached to each program registration. 

The questionnaire will be shared with staff to ensure our team is aware of important information regarding each participant (i.e. allergies, support needs, any information that would be important for staff to know).

Participants requiring enhanced support services may be required to participate in an intake interview to gather more information on how we can best support their needs.

Learn how to create an account and complete your registration in our Recreation and Culture Registration and Booking system. Please contact Support Services staff at 905-815-2000 or email recreation@oakville.ca if you have questions.

Personal support workers assisting individuals in a program are admitted at no charge and are not required to register. For more information, please speak to a Customer Service Representative at your local recreation and culture facility.

Please note: Healing Waters is a drop-in program for those who require space and time in the pool to work through prescribed exercises independently or with a personal therapist. Both therapist and client are required to pay admission.

Spaces in our CampOAK and specialty camp programs with one-on-one support are very popular and offered first-come, first-served. We recommend that you browse program offerings in advance and be prepared to register promptly when online registration opens.

Customers registering in an Inclusion Support camp do not need to process a second registration. You will be placed in your specific camp at the location of your choice upon completion of the intake meeting in June.

Please email us at recreation@oakville.ca before registration opens if you are unsure of the level of support required.

Families can send an adult who has a good understanding of the participant and their needs (for example a family member or caregiver) to provide support in any program.

Specialty programs offered include:

  • One-on-one Aquadapt swimming lessons for participants with disabilities.
  • A non-instructional swimming drop-in called Healing Waters for those who require space and time in the pool to work through prescribed exercises independently or with a personal therapist. Both therapist and client are required to pay admission.
  • Skate Your Way, an inclusive drop-in community skate with a lower participant capacity, a more relaxing environment and sensory-friendly space.
  • The Teen Adventure Program, which provides youth aged 14 to 21 with disabilities the opportunity to get active and make friends in a summer camp setting.

For information on pool accessibility features such as wheelchair accessible lifts, please contact the facility directly.

Can I attend with my own support worker?

Support personnel are welcome to attend all programs, are admitted at no charge and are not required to register. Staff may request additional personal information from the support worker for emergency purposes.

Support persons assisting individuals in registered child and youth programs must:

Please return the completed waiver and documentation requested to the Recreation Coordinator or Assistant at the location you will be attending.

Enhanced Support

Participants requiring accommodations to participate in any recreation and culture program should fill out the program questionnaire at the time of registration. Caregivers are encouraged to contact the Recreation Coordinator or Assistant at the facility you will be attending to discuss support options.

General day camp programs for children aged 4-12 operate at a 12 :1 participant to staff ratio with a typical group size of 24 participants. Participants must be able to remain with their camp group and safely participate in activities within the 12:1 ratio. 

This program may not adequately support participants who frequently wander away or those who require individual support for behavioural or emotional regulation.

Inclusion Support program

The town offers a one-on-one support program for both CampOAK and specialty camp programs where participants with disabilities will be paired with a staff person trained in inclusive recreation at their location of choice to ensure a safe and fun camp experience.

Participants who may benefit from inclusion support include those who:

  • Need or currently have additional support in a school setting
  • Benefit from individualized support to understand instructions in a recreational setting
  • Need individualized support to regulate emotions and behaviours
  • Requires support to participate safely in a group setting
  • Need extra support at home for personal care such as feeding or toileting
  • Currently access services from a disability or mental health agency

Spaces are offered first-come, first-served and typically fill up much faster than our general camp programs. We recommend that you browse program offerings in advance and be prepared to register promptly when online registration opens.

Customers registering in an Inclusion Support camp do not need to process a second registration. You will be placed in your specific camp(s) at the location(s) of your choice upon completion of the intake meeting in June.

Teen Adventure Program

The Teen Adventure Program provides youth aged 14 to 21 with disabilities the opportunity to get active and make friends in a summer camp setting. The typical group size is 12 participants with a 3:1 participant to staff ratio. Participants must be able to remain with their camp group and safely participate in activities within the 3:1 ratio.

Which level of support is right for my child?

Please contact us before registration opens if you are unsure of the level of support required.

If your child is currently participating in a program and may benefit from extra support, you may be contacted by our staff to discuss support options. We encourage ongoing communication and collaboration with parents and guardians. Help us help your child succeed at camp!

If your child engages in behaviours at camp that may pose a safety risk to themselves or others, you will be contacted by Town of Oakville staff to discuss support options. This may include providing your own qualified support person to attend camp with your child.

About our staff

Town of Oakville camp staff training includes sessions on inclusive recreation. While our staff are passionate about helping every child participate to their full potential, they are not able to provide the same level of support as educational assistants, behavioural therapists, or other professionals in this field.