• Councillor Mark Grimes

Summer After-School Program Registration

Registration for Toronto's summer swim, skate and after-school programs begins this weekend and next week

Registration for City of Toronto summer swim and skate recreation programs, as well as after-school programming for the coming school year, starts Saturday, June 8 and continues next week. The City is Toronto's largest provider of safe, fun and high-quality recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests.

Extended hours are available to help residents prepare for registration by calling customer service at 416-396-7378 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on June 6 and 7.

Registration for summer swim and skate programs and After-School Recreation Care (ARC) begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 8 for Etobicoke and Scarborough

Similar plans for program relocation have been undertaken in the West Toronto/York district due to the fire at The New Generation Youth Recreation Centre and Centennial RC West Pool. Information about programs at Enhanced Youth Spaces (such as the New Generation Youth Recreation Centre) can be found at toronto.ca/rec.

As of September 2018, some areas of the Etobicoke/York and Toronto/East York districts merged to create the West Toronto/York district. The registration day for some addresses in these areas has changed. Residents are asked to plan ahead and confirm the district for their programs before registration starts. Locations affected by this change can be found online at toronto.ca/data/parks/funguide/wty.html.

How to register Step 1: Get account numbers Residents need a family number and client number to sign up for recreation programs. Those looking to register are encouraged to get their numbers before registration day by calling the customer service line or by speaking with staff at a City community centre.

Step 2: Choose programs Residents are advised to have a few backup choices prepared in case their preferred program is full. A listing of programs can be found online at toronto.ca/funguide or in the printed Spring/Summer FUN Guide available at community centres, libraries, civic centres, and City Hall. A program wish list can be created with the online FUN Guide.

Step 3: Register Residents are encouraged to have all information and payment options ready before registration starts. There are three ways to register: • Online at efun.toronto.ca (the easiest and fastest way to register) • By telephone with help from staff at 416-396-7378 • In person at select locations listed in the printed FUN Guide and available online at toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation

After-School Recreation Care (ARC) programs Residents can register for ARC online, by phone or in-person at select locations. To guarantee a spot for the duration of the school year, residents need to register for both sessions (Fall and Winter/Spring). More information about ARC programs is available at toronto.ca/arc.

Registration is also ongoing for available spaces in summer camps. Interested residents should call 416-396-7378 to find spaces available in City camps.

Free recreation programs Many community centres offer free recreation programs, including leisure swimming and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information is available at toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/free-lower-cost-recreation-options.

If registrants are unable to attend Programs are popular and many have waiting lists. Registrants who are unable to attend their registered program are asked to contact their local community centre or call the customer service line so the vacated spot can be offered to someone else.

Welcome Policy yearly credit The Welcome Policy credit can be used to register for City recreation programs. Those receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker. More details are available at toronto.ca/wp.

Older adult discounts Participants 60 years and older receive a 50 per cent discount on the regular price of adult recreation programs (excluding private, semi-private and small group lessons). For more information please visit here: https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/

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