Financial Assistance - Town of Ajax

Financial Assistance and Affordable Access to Recreation Programs

A variety of fee assistance options, considering differing individual needs, are available to Ajax residents based on eligibility.

Partnership Fee Assistance Programs

Durham Region Social Services Assistance Program

For residents currently receiving income support through the Regional Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program.  Eligible families must complete an Application Form and provide a recent Drug Benefit Card and proper government issued identification to the Customer Service staff.

Durham Region Bookmark Program

Offered to Ajax residents, who are participants in the Ontario Works program, the opportunity to participate in recreation programs and services.  To determine if you are eligible please contact your caseworker at the Department of Social Services, Region of Durham, 905-428-7400.

Durham Region Child Care Fee Assistance Program

For region residents currently receiving subsidized day care through Children's Services.  If you would like to provide your children with summer, holiday and March break camp opportunities  please contact your  caseworker  at the Department of Children's Services, Region of Durham, 905-666-6238.


For those 65 years + will find many discounts to assist in the affordability of our programs, services and memberships.

Grade 5 Action Pass

Grade 5 Students can access the Grade 5 Action Pass at our Community Centre front desks.  These passes allow all Grade 5 students to access specifics swimming, skating and squash offerings for free throughout their current school year.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program

We are a proud partner of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.  Jumpstart helps resident kids, ages 4-17 in financial need participate in organized sports and physical activities by assisting with the costs associated with playing their chosen sport. If you are currently receiving financial support from the Town of Ajax, Jumpstart may be applied, if eligible, during the registration process.  Please note: Jumpstart can only be applied to one type of activity (i.e. swimming or basketball) and cannot be done when registering on-line at


Eligible programs and services in our Recreation Guide and on ActiveAjax are identified with the $ symbol.

Customers must be approved for Financial Assistance before registration, in order to have the discount applied.  

To inquire about these partnership fee assistance program offerings, please visit our Community Centre Customer Service Desks or call:

Ajax Community Centre               905-427-8811
Audley Recreation Centre            905-427-2468
McLean Community Centre         905-428-7711

Recreation & Culture Department Fee Assistance Program

Ajax residents may be eligible to receive financial assistance through a 34% discount based on annual household income to assist with the cost of participation in eligible programs.  To apply, residents must complete an Application Form and provide a Notice of Assessment for each adult in the household, as well as a most recent utility bill showing Ajax residency.

For further information visit either the Ajax or McLean Community Centre or the Audley Recreation Centre Customer Service Desk or contact Louise Soulliere at 905-619-2529, ext. 7254.

Advancing Access to Affordable Recreation in Durham

Research has indicated that approximately 3% of low income residents living in the Durham Region access registered recreation services; this is much lower than the 20% average of the general population who participate in registered recreation services and programs. In order to address this gap, the Advancing Access to Affordable Recreation in Durham (AAARD) Committee has been established.

AAARD has conducted research related to barriers that prevent individuals from accessing recreation programs and developed guiding principles to assist in addressing these gaps. With the participation of municipal and not for profit organizations, the Committee is working together to increase access to registered recreation services and program for low income residents.

AAARD Members

The members of this Committee are committed to working together to increase the number of residents who can experience the benefits of recreation. We commit to working together because the benefits to individual and communities are positive and worth our joint efforts. Research dictates that the provision of parks, recreation and cultural opportunities is an essential service that enhances individuals and the community alike

  • Abilities Centre
  • Boys and Girls Club of Durham
  • Brock Community Health Centre
  • Canadian Tire Jumpstart
  • City of Oshawa
  • City of Pickering
  • Municipality of Clarington
  • Community Development Council Durham
  • Durham Catholic District School Board
  • Durham District School Board
  • Girls Incorporated of Durham
  • Grandview Children's Centre
  • Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic School Board
  • Region of Durham - Social Services
  • Region of Durham - Health Department
  • Their Opportunity
  • Town of Ajax
  • Town of Whitby
  • Township of Brock
  • Township of Scugog
  • Township of Uxbridge
  • Tucker-Reid & Associates
  • YMCA - Oshawa
Publications and Resources

AAARD Charter

AAARD Report

AAARD January 2015 Newsletter

AAARD June 2014 Newsletter

AAARD February 2014 Newsletter

AAARD May 2013 Newsletter


Visit Connect@Rec to register for a program.