If you need financial assistance, there is help.

The Town of Ajax provides eligible residents in financial need with options to participate in programs.

Highest applicable discount applies. Discounts cannot be combined.

Recreation & Culture Fee Assistance Program

Ajax Residents may be eligible to receive a 34% discount based on annual household income to help with the cost of eligible programs.

To apply, residents must:

  • complete a Financial Assistance Application Form
  • provide a current Notice of Assessment for each adult in the household
  • provide a current copy of the Canada Child Tax Benefit statement listing eligible children if listing children on application
  • provide proof of Ajax residency 

Note: Beginning each year on May 1, the previous year's NOA and Canada Child Tax Benefit statement will be required.

FAIR (Financial Assistance In Recreation) Pass
The Town of Ajax is committed to providing more recreational opportunities for residents facing financial difficulty. The FAIR pass allows approved residents access to FREE Town of Ajax designated public skate and swim times, drop-in basketball, drop-in open family gym, drop-in pickleball and drop-in table tennis. Approved residents have access to the FAIR Pass for one week every quarter.

Durham Region Social Services Assistance Program

Residents who are currently receiving income support through the Regional Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program may receive a 50% discount.

If eligible, to apply, residents will need to:

Provide one of the following:

  • provide a recent Drug Benefit Eligibility Card 
  • screenshot of CRA My Account showing all recipients and dependents
  • approval letter from Durham Region Social Services
  • CPP Disability Letter or T4A showing Disability Income 

Older Adults and Seniors

Ajax is dedicated to keeping our older adults/seniors engaged through a variety of recreational programs. Dedicated, affordable recreation programs and services are available for those 55 years+. In addition, discounts for some eligible programs, services and memberships are available for those who are 65 years+.

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Partnership fee assistance programs

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 activity per child per session. Jumpstart cannot be applied when registering online, but can be reconciled for eligible programs after online registration by contacting one of our centres.

Eligible programs and services are identified with the $ symbol online. Customers must be approved for financial assistance before registration, in order to have the discount applied. 

Durham Region Recreation Program Card

The Durham Region Ontario Works (OW) program helps people in need. Residents who are participants in the Ontario Works program have the opportunity to participate in discounted recreation activities and services.

Contact your caseworker at the Department of Social Services, Region of Durham at 905-428-7400 to determine if you are eligible or visit durham.ca

Durham Region Child Care Fee Assistance Program

For Region residents currently receiving child care fee subsidy through Children's Services.

If you would like your child(ren) to take part in Town of Ajax summer, holiday and March break camps, contact your caseworker at the Department of Children's Services, Region of Durham, 905-666-6238 or visit durham.ca 

Advancing Access to Affordable Recreation in Durham

The Advancing Access to Affordable Recreation in Durham (AAARD) Committee works with municipal and not-for-profit organizations to increase access to programs for low income residents.

AAARD Member Organizations

  • Abilities Centre
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters School Board
  • Boys and Girls Club of Durham
  • Brock Community Health
  • Canadian Tire Jumpstart
  • City of Oshawa
  • City of Pickering
  • Community Development Council Durham
  • Durham District School Board
  • Durham Catholic District School Board
  • Girls Inc. Durham
  • Grandview Children's Centre
  • Municipality of Clarington
  • 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