Rush, rush! Registrations open for Toronto swim and skate programs

skateRegistration for the City of Toronto’s summer swim and skate programs begins this weekend on Saturday, June 4 at 7 a.m.

Programs fill quickly, so residents are advised to be ready to register at 7 a.m. and have a few backup choices in case their preferred program is already full.
How to register:

Step 1: Get family and client numbers
To sign up for recreation programs, Toronto residents need a family number and client number for each member of the family. Before registration day, call 416-338-4386 or speak with staff at a City community centre to get these numbers. Alternatively, download a New Family Account application form at and email it to the City at

Step 2: Choose programs
To browse and choose programs, visit or look for the Spring/Summer FUN Guide available at City Hall, civic centres, community centres and libraries. Residents are encouraged to have a few program choices for each person in case the preferred program is full.

Step 3: Register
Registration starts at 7 a.m. Many programs fill up quickly. Registering online is the quickest and easiest way to sign up for programs. Be sure to have all information and payment options ready.

There are four ways to register:
• Online at
• By phone with a customer service representative. Residents can register through an operator assisted phone call at 416-338-4386. Touch Tone Registration (TTR) is available at 416-338-0000.
• In person at select locations. A list of these locations is available at, by calling 311 or by speaking to staff at a City community centre.cityprogram
Parks, Forestry and Recreation programs are popular and many have waiting lists. If you are unable to attend the program you registered for, contact your local community centre or call 416-338-4386 so the spot can be offered to someone else.

The City of Toronto offers a yearly credit called the Welcome Policy for residents with low incomes that can be used to register for City recreation programs. Anyone receiving social assistance (Ontario Works) and living in Toronto is pre-approved to receive this credit – talk to your caseworker. More information about the yearly credit is available at

Many community centres offer free recreation programs, including leisure swimming, skating, drop-in programs and more for children, youth and older adults. Older adults (60 years and older) who register for adult programs will receive a 50 per cent discount. More information about free and low-cost program options is available at

Afterschool Recreation Care programs
Registration for Afterschool Recreation Care (ARC) programs for the upcoming school year (September 2016 to June 2017) also begins Saturday, June 4 at 7 a.m.

Residents can register for ARC online, by phone, or in-person. ARC in-person registration locations are Toronto City Hall, Etobicoke Civic Centre, North York Civic Centre and Scarborough Civic Centre. For more information about ARC programs visit

Summer camps
Registration is still open for summer camps. The City of Toronto offers camps to suit everyone’s interests, needs and abilities at a reasonable cost. Registration for camps and a listing of Toronto recreation programs is available at Call 416-338-4386 and speak to a customer service representative to find locations that have spaces available.

June is Recreation and Parks Month
Mayor John Tory has officially proclaimed June 2016 as Recreation and Parks Month, encouraging Torontonians to take advantage of the wide variety of events, programs and services scheduled throughout the city during the month of June. More information is available at – CINEWS

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