Sport in Canada is not charitable. Registration fees (which cover facility rental, team equipment, coaching, administration, etc.) and personal equipment are therefore the financial responsibility of the participant.
Parents should be aware that as the amount of personal equipment increases and/or specialized facilities (arenas, aquatic facilities, etc.) are required for a sport, then the personal expense for the sport increases.
Limited financial assistance for sport and dance may be provided to children and youth by Kidsport Edmonton while equipment may be available through Sport Central.
Assistance may also be sought through Canadian Tire Jumpstart, a community-based charitable program that helps kids in financial need participate in organized sport and recreation.
Inquiries should be made to the sport organization of your choice regarding assistance for your child to participate and/or fundraising opportunities to decrease fees.
Low income families should also check out the City of Edmonton’s Leisure Access Program and the YMCA of Northern Alberta's Financial Assistance.