The City of Mississauga's Recreation Department offers many opportunities for individuals to enjoy different types of recreation, get fit, meet new people and have fun. Recreation offerings are open to everyone regardless of ability.
We will work with you to ensure you have the right resources in place to enjoy your recreation experience. If a participant requires additional support in order to participate, and wishes to bring their own support person, they will be admitted to the program at no charge (some exceptions may apply).
New in 2015, we also now provide and cost-share your Inclusion Facilitators for children attending our summer camp programs.
We offer some types of programs that specifically cater to persons with disabilities. Find these listed in the Programs tab above.
Everyone is welcome to join in all program areas that we offer. The list below highlights programs that are designed with persons with disabilities in mind, though all are welcome to join.
Adaptive Programs for participants of all Abilities
The City of Mississauga encourages children, youth and adults who have a disability to participate in recreational activities. Our Adaptive Programs are focused on creativity, learning, sports and swimming. We¿re committed to providing a rewarding and inclusive recreation experience for all ages.
NEW! Adaptive Multi Sport Development
Introducing the fundamental skills for wheelchair basketball, goal ball, and sitting volleyball. Focusing on skills development, coordination, balance and strength in a fun and safe environment, with program adaptations to encourage participation. Equipment is provided and all abilities are welcome! This program is suitable for persons with disabilities.
Children with Special Needs Swim Lesson
This program is designed for children with learning, physical or intellectual difficulties. It focuses on developing sound water safety habits and basic swimming skills.
Find out more.
Snoezelen Pool Program
This swim aims to create a multisensory experience that is participant-lead. Swimmers can relax and explore at their own pace while their senses of touch, sight and sound are gently stimulated. We dim the lights, lower the blinds and add equipment such as lights and sprays to the water. This program is suitable for persons with a disability, ASD, dementia or an acquired brain injury. No diagnosis is required. Registration and drop-in classes available.
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Therapeutic Recreation Pools and Programs
Be active in a way that suits your abilities and comfort levels. Therapeutic recreation programming differs from traditional recreation, offering specifically designed programs for those who may be:
- living with a chronic disease
- recovering from an injury/surgery with the required rehabilitation completed
- instructed to be physically active by a medical professional
Find out more.
Barrier Free Playgrounds
The City has a playground program that is committed to ongoing monitoring and continual research of the playground industry to establish best practices for accessibility.
Find out more about our barrier free playgrounds.
- O'Connor Park 3570 Bala Drive
- Port Credit Memorial Park, 22 Stavebank Rd. N
- Zonta Meadows Park, 410 Rathburn Rd. N
To speak with someone about Inclusive Recreation, contact a member of our team at 905-615-3200 ext. 8260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
It's now easier for children with disabilities to enjoy our summer camps. We now provide and cost-share your Inclusion Facilitator.
NEW in 2015!
Why offer the Inclusion Support Program?
The City of Mississauga is committed to providing a rewarding and inclusive camp experience for all children. Providing an Inclusion Facilitator for children with disabilities makes enjoying all of our camp experiences easier and more enjoyable for everyone.
We do the legwork for you.
We actively recruit, hire and train Inclusion Facilitators in order to provide quality caregivers for your child while they enjoy their camp experience.
We provide quality assured Inclusion Facilitators.
All of our leaders are certified in HIGH FIVE® Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD). This quality assurance provides our leaders with the skills to best address your child's individual needs, to ensure your child is in caring hands and that they will enjoy a positive experience in our camps. HIGH FIVE ® is the only nationally recognized quality assurance program for recreation leaders of children ages 6-12.
We help make it more affordable.
As a shared cost program, we cover 50% of the cost of the Inclusion Facilitator. By registering to be provided with an Inclusion Facilitator, the child's parent or guardian pays the remaining 50%. Having an individualized Inclusion Facilitator for one week of camp costs the family $353.84, ($8.85 per hour).
How do I know if this program is right for my child?
This program is intended for children ages 4-17 who:
- have a physical, developmental and/or intellectual disability
- may need additional support at school or at home
- are presently receiving support services from a community agency
How can City of Mississauga Camps benefit your child? Find out more.
Why choose our camps? Find out more.
What are my next steps?
If you would like to have an Inclusion Facilitator for your child while at camp, first register for your child's weeks of camp. You will be prompted to opt for participation in this program. Then, simply register for your Inclusion Facilitator online, here. You will be provided with an opportunity for your family to meet your Inclusion Facilitator before the first day of camp. This helps to provide familiarity and to ease transition for what may be your child's first camp experience.
Would you like to speak with someone about this program?
Please contact: Lisa Boyce-Gonsalves, Community Development Coordinator, City of Mississauga, Community Services Department, Recreation Division. 905-615-3200 ext.5479 Email: email@example.com
There are several financial assistance programs available to families to support participating in recreation programs.
NEW! Inclusion Support Program Offered for Full Day Camp Programs
This program will provide your child with a trained Inclusion Facilitator to support your child in a full day camp program of your choice.
Find out more in the Inclusion Facilitator tab above.
Active Assist is a fee assistance program designed to help low-income families and individuals in Mississauga participate in Recreation and Parks programs. Exceptions may apply to families with children who require an intensive level of support while participating in programs.
Find out more.
This subsidization program is restricted to residents of Mississauga 15 years of age and under with a referral from a social worker or community agency.
Find out more.
Special Services at Home Funding;
SSAH supports individuals with developmental and physical disabilities to live as independently as possible with their own families. This program provides financial assistance to purchase family relief or programming services when they are not available from another source.
One-to-One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund is available to Ontario families of children or youth with ASD who retain the services of a one-to-one support worker for their child to attend a community summer camp or summer program. Maximum reimbursements of $600, per child or youth, (18 years or younger) will be made to subsidize services. Reimbursement will be made based on random selection. Summer One to One Support Worker Reimbursement Fund information available on or shortly after April 29, 2013.
CANADIAN TIRE JUMPSTART CHARITY
2180 Young Street, 10th Floor
Toronto ON M4P 2V8
Toll Free: 1-877-616-6600
Canadian Tire Jumpstart® is a community-based charitable program that helps children in financial need participate in organized sports and recreational activities. Activities can Include hockey, dance, soccer, and swimming, etc., but do not include summer or day camps. A maximum of $300 per child is funded to eligible families. To be eligible, a child must be between the ages of 4 to 18 years. A financial assessment, including details about your family and desired choice of activity, may also be required. Applications are accepted in two sessions per year: for spring and summer apply between January 15th and June 1st and for fall and winter apply between July 1st and November 15th. Call the toll-free number provided above to apply.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have a disability. What programs can I participate in?
Program descriptions will let participant know what level of skill they require to participate. If it is not highlighted, then it is open to all. If you require additional supports or other accommodations to participate please let the instructor or staff know and we will work with you to ensure those accommodations are met.
What is a support worker?
A Support Person is defined as the person who accompanies the individual with a disability or individuals with disabilities to help with one or more of the following areas: communication, mobility, personal care, safety or medical needs. A support person must be at least 14 years of age and can be:
Can I bring my own support worker? Yes, support workers are welcome into our programs.
Does my support worker have to pay to attend a program with me?
If a support person is required to enable participation in an activity, then the support person is allowed free entry into the program/facility.
I do not need a support worker but may require minor accommodations, who do I speak to?
You can speak directly with the staff or instructor of your program. You can also contact the Community Development Coordinator for Inclusion and Accessibility at firstname.lastname@example.org