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Jerry Love Children’s Fund

Since its start in 1985, the Jerry Love Children’s Fund has helped more than 15,000 children take part in recreation activities offered by the City. The fund helps cover the costs of recreation and leadership programs for children from low-income families.

You’ll need to apply before the start date of the recreation program your child wants to attend. The maximum amount of funding available per child is $160 per year. These funds can only be used to cover registration fees.

If your child receives money from the Jerry Love Children’s Fund, you cannot apply to the Active Assist program during the same year.

Eligibility and referral form

A social worker from your child’s school or a community agency needs to assess if your child qualifies for the fund. If your child is eligible, your social worker will complete and sign the referral form for you.

Registering for programs

Complete the Registration Application and bring it and your referral form to the Customer Service Centre at 5600 Rose Cherry Place. We’re open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If the amount you receive from the fund does not cover the full cost, you’ll need to pay the difference before we can register your child in a program.

Once all of the fees have been paid we’ll register your child and send confirmation to you by mail.

If funding is not available or registration cannot be processed for any reason, we’ll contact you by phone to let you know.

Canceling registration

If you need to cancel the registration, call 905-615-4100. If you cancel, your account will not be credited with the amount you received from the fund. All of the regular withdrawal and transfer policies for recreation programs will still apply.

Cancellation fees that are over the $160 maximum will be charged the regular administration fee of $10 plus HST.

If you’re able to inform us at least a week in advance of a cancellation, we can ensure that the funds are available for another child.

Donations to the Jerry Love Children’s fund are accepted in person at any City of Mississauga Community Centre Customer service desks.

Online donating is currently unavailable but we are working on reinstating this option as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Donations of $20 and more are tax-deductible. You’ll receive a receipt for income tax purposes.

The fund is supported by individuals, local businesses, community groups, and other organizations such as the PepsiCo Canada Foundation. Every dollar raised goes towards program registration.