Children & Youth

Children & Youth

Safety for Independent Living
Inclusion Support to Participate in Programs
Attendant Pass
Canadian Tire Jumpstart Adaptive Equipment Leading Program
R.E.A.L Program
Accessible Playground Equipment
Sensational Playgroup
Pursuing Active Lifestyles
Red Cross Swim- Adapted
Fit Finders
Children's Program Financial Support


Safety for Independent Living

A program aimed to equip youth and adults with mild to moderate developmental disablities with life skills that will help them make confident choices, prevent potentially dangerous situations and live a safe life. For ages 15+. For more information and to register please click here.

Inclusion Support to Participate in Programs

Children's Programs          Youth Programs          Outdoor Programs          Aquatics          Sport

A limited number of experienced staff are available to support participants in Recreation Division activities.  Children and youth residing in St. John's who require support or adaptations to participate in Recreation Division programs are advised follow the process outlined below.  Please note, program space is limited and registration is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  There is no additional cost for this service.

Residents please see the following process to requesting Inclusive Participant Support.

     1.  Complete and return and Inclusive Services Application by the deadline date. Click here for a link to the Inclusive Services Application or contact Inclusive Services staff at 709-576-4450/6972 or by emailing

Application deadlines (or next business day):

  • Summer Programs: April 17
  • Fall Programs: July 17
  • Winter Programs: Nov. 17
  • Spring Programs: Feb. 17

     2.  Completed applications will be reviewed and a staff person will contact you to discuss options and/or arrange an assessment of ability and need.
     3.  Inclusive Services may request permission to consult a reference who can verify the applicant's strengths and needs (i.e. a teacher, social worker, staff at another organization in which the individual is involved).
     4.  A decision regarding the application is made and the applicant/caregiver is contacted regarding registration procedures.

Non-Residents, please see the following process to requesting Inclusion Participant Support:

  1. Registration for non-residents will take place seven calendar days after the registration for residents.
  2. Non-residents are advised to complete steps one through four as noted above.
  3. Non-residents will be contacted by Inclusion Services staff to discuss program availability.

Attendant Pass

An Attendant Pass enables an attendant or support worker to accompany a child or youth with a disability to activities and /or events free of charge.  Applications are completed in the name of the person with the disability, are required to be verified by a professional (Physician, Social Worker or representative of a disability agency) and must include a photo. Photos may also be emailed to Certain restrictions may apply.

For children under the age of 12, an attendant pass is only issued if the child requires the support of an attendant/support worker in addition to a legal guardian.

Please allow 2 to 4 weeks for processing.

Attendant Passes are recognized at the following venues.  Other venues may accept Attendant Passes as well.  Please call ahead of time to ensure your pass will be accepted.

  • City of St. John's facilities and events
  • Mile One Centre
  • Arts and Culture Centre
  • Metrobus
  • The Works/Aquarena

Application forms are available:

  • online
  • at the H.G.R. Mews Community Centre
  • at the Paul Reynolds Community Centre
  • by contacting Inclusive Services Staff at 709-576-4450
  • by email

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Adaptive Equipment Lending Program

Adaptive equipment and assistive devices are available to individuals who require them.  A sit ski, ice sledge, snow coach, and hippocampe all terrain wheelchair are available.  Other specialized equipment such as fidget kits and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Recreation Equipment Bags are also available on loan.


  • Sit Ski


  • Snow Coach


  • Hippocampe


Accessible Playgroup Equipment

An accessible playground is located in Bowring Park near the pool.  In addition, accessible swing seats are available in the following locations in the City:

  • Bowring Park
  • Bannerman Park
  • Froude Avenue Playground
  • McNiven Place
  • St. Mary's Playground on Waterford Bridge Road by St. Mary's School
  • Spruce Meadows Playground
  • McNiven Place Playground


Sensational Playgroup

The Sensational Playgroup provides a multi-sensory alternative playgroup experience for children (birth to 6) having a variety of sensory needs to learn play and socialize.  Siblings are welcome. 

Southlands Community Centre, 40 Teakwood Drive
Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
September 20 to December 6, 2017
Ages: up to 6 years
Cost: $3 per child

Paul Reynolds Community Centre, 35 Carrick Drive
Tuesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m
September 19 to December 5, 2017
Ages: up to 6 years
Cost: $3 per child

Pursuing Active Lifestyles

This program aims to teach youth aged 15 to 21 years, who have mild to moderate developmental disabilities, the basic skills needed for active living. Youth participate in recreation and leisure activities in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with caring leaders.

All applicants must be approved through the Inclusive Services Application process. Program registration is dependent upon available resources and participant's ability to actively participate within a low ratio. The Division reserves the right to remove a participant, with a full refund, should they not be approved through Inclusive Services. Applications are due by June 27, 2017.

For more information on Pursuing Active Lifestyle please Click Here.

Red Cross Swim- Adapted

Classes are available for any swimmer who has a disability and requires an individualized or low ratio setting. Classes are progressive but begin with the basics of swimming and water safety. Aquatic experiences provide a variety of opportunities for people with disabilities to improve overall well-being. A parent or an aide may be required to support the swimmer in the water.

A Canadian Red Cross Swimmers Information Intake Form is required to complete the registration. Program registration is dependent upon available resources and participant's ability to actively participate within a low ratio. We reserve the right to remove a participant, with a full refund, should they not be approved through Inclusive Services.

For more information call 709-576-4450 or 709-576-2574 or email or to register click here.

Fit Finders

Offered fall, winter, and spring to groups servicing those facing ability related barriers. Groups are given the opportunity to participate in recreation and leisure activities within a safe, supportive environment, with dedicated and experienced recreation staff. Program duration is 1 to 2 hours. Maximum group size is dependent upon barriers faced by participants and activity selected. Group leaders are expected to attend to support participants. Seasonal activities may include: badminton, ball hockey, basketball, boccia, crafting, curling (floor), walking/hiking, healthy lifestyles sessions, low impact fitness, low impact water fitness, soccer, soccer-baseball, t-Ball, T'ai Chi Chih, team building activities, Wii fitness, yoga, and zumba. Other activities may be available upon request.

Fit Finders are based on instructor and equipment availability and may be weather dependent. For more information or to book a recreation program, please call 709-576-4450 or email or cick here.

Children's Program Financial Support
The City of St. John's recognizes the need for support services to participate in programs of one’s choice. Subsidy programs provide opportunities for families facing financial barriers to participate in children's recreational programs offered by the City of St. John’s.
Families approved for financial assistance will receive a discount percentage based on level of need determined by Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut Off (LICO). This information is available online at Statistics Canada and is subject to change.
Eligibility criteria:

  1.  Applicant must be a resident of St. John's. Proof of residency identifying the applicant’s name and address is required. Acceptable documents include: Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment, utility bill, driver’s license, etc.
  2. Applicants must meet the program requirements (i.e. ages, designated school, etc.).
  3. Applications are considered based on level of need and determined by Stat Can Low Income Cut-Offs (LICO). Subject to change.
  4. Applications are considered for programs which have a duration of 3 weeks or longer. All programs with a duration of less than 3 weeks are referred to the R.E.A.L. Program.

Up to date proof of income is required and will be kept confidential. Applications must include proof of income from all sources such as:

  • Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment
  • Canada Child Tax Benefit Notice
  • Proof of Enrollment for Post-Secondary Education (if applicable)
  • Other applicable statements of income (if applicable)

Complete the Children's Program Financial Assistance Application and supporting documents must be submitted via the following:

  • drop off in person to Inclusive Services at 1 Crosbie Place.
  • fax 709 576 2308
  • email

Mail to:
Inclusive Services
City of St. John’s
P.O. Box 908
St. John’s, NL
A1C 5M2
For more information, please contact Inclusive Services at 709 576 4450 or 709 576 2574 or email