Sport and recreation 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.
Individual organizations may offer assistance with fees and equipment as well as their own fundraising opportunities that can reduce the cost of participation. Inquiries should be made to the organization of your choice regarding assistance for your child to participate and/or fundraising opportunities to decrease fees.
Low income families may be eligible for assistance through the identified opportunities below. Generally, if you qualify for any one of the opportunities, then you qualify for all.
Financial Assistance for Registration Fees
Limited financial assistance for sport, dance and other active recreation opportunities may be provided to children and youth by Kidsport Edmonton and Canadian Tire Jumpstart.
Sport Central and Canadian Tire Jumpstart provide sport equipment to the children and youth of qualified families.
Sport & Recreation Facility Access
The City of Edmonton’s Leisure Access Program enables eligible Edmontonians of all ages to access participating City of Edmonton recreation facilities through an annual pass or a subsidized monthly pass. All applicants are automatically considered for the Ride Transit Program.
Individuals or families unable to pay the full fee for a YMCA membership, program or service are encouraged to apply for YMCA of Northern Alberta's Financial Assistance.