Administered by Mississauga Recreation & Parks, the Jerry Love fund raises thousands of
dollars each year to help hundreds of children enjoy the benefits of participating in
The funds are raised through the support of individuals, city staff, local business, service
clubs, community groups, and other funding bodies such as the Toronto Star Fresh Air
All donors to the fund share a belief in the value of recreation and in the need to ensure that
no young person is deprived of it. These donors are the only source of revenue for the fund.
The more they give, the more children the fund is able to assist.
Donors will be happy to know that 100% of their contributions, every dollar, goes towards
program registrations, with the City covering all administration costs. Donations of $20.00 and
up are also tax deducible and donors receive a receipt for income tax purposes.
Jerry Love, Mississauga's former Director of Recreation, making recreation opportunities
available to all of the community's children was literally a labour of love.
Before retiring in 1991, Jerry spent 35 years offering Mississauga's children the recreation
programs that best met their physical and social needs. He also realized that many families,
due to financial constraints, couldn't afford to enrol their children in municipally operated
Jerry was a major advocate behind a charitable fund that let children, despite their family
finances, participate in the City's wide range of recreation programs. When Jerry retired,
Mayor Hazel McCallion honoured his efforts by renaming the fund after him: the Jerry Love
Children's Fund, a truly appropriate designation.
How to make a
Please make donations payable to City of Mississauga - Jerry Love Children's Fund, Recreation
Division Customer Service Centre, 301 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga ON L5B 3Y3
NEW!!! Now you can make a secure online donation to the Jerry Love Children's Fund.
Click on the button below to Donate.
How to apply
Only Children's recreation programs that are operated by the Recreation Division are eligible
for subsidy. The subsidization program is restricted to residents of Mississauga 15 years of
age and under. Subsidy does not apply to H3O, Semi Private or Private Lessons.
Eligible children may receive a subsidy for 1 course code per calendar year, or a 1 or 3
month Swim/Skate Pass. The maximum amount of subsidy for any program or session is $160. Since
funds are limited, the agency or parent/guardian will be required to pay the difference for any
program exceeding the $160 maximum. Subsidy does not include extra costs associated with
Applicants in receipt of the Jerry Love Children's Fund cannot receive benefits from
the ActiveAssist fee assistance program in the same calendar year.
The child's school social worker or a social worker from a Community Agency can assess the
family situation, and if they qualify, will fill out a "Jerry Love Referral for
Subsidy" form, which then must be attached to a completed Registration
Application Form. The Referral form is to be completed by the Social Worker for the
client. If an additional payment is to be made by the parent/guardian or agency, then
it must be submitted with these forms, or placed on the Family Account at any Mississauga
Community Centre; registrations will not be processed until additional payment is received.
All completed subsidized registration information is to be forwarded to Dana Clarke,
Recreation Division Customer Service Centre, Ground Floor, Central Library building, 301
Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga ON L5B 3Y3. Phone (905) 615-3200 extension 4274, FAX (905)
All referral documents and registration information must be submitted to the Recreation
Division Customer Service Centre well in advance of the program start date to allow time to
send the Registration Confirmation to the parent/guardian via Canada Post; we are unable to
telephone families to confirm registration. Registrations are first come, first served, and you
may check the status of a program at any time via Connect2Rec, which is a live database.
If funding is unavailable, or the registrations cannot be processed for any reason, the
parent/guardian and/or Agency will be contacted by telephone.
If a child who has received subsidization is unable to attend a program for any reason, the
agency or parent must cancel the registration with the Recreation Division Customer Service
Centre at 905-615-4100; all withdrawal/transfer
policies are applicable. By informing us at least one week in advance we can ensure that
the funds are made available to another needy child. The customer's registration account will
not be credited with the subsidy amount due to cancellation. Cancellation for program
registrations that are over the $160 maximum will be charged the regular administration fee of
$10 + HST.