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Inclusion Services

The City of Barrie is dedicated to providing meaningful recreation opportunities for participants experiencing disability through both adapted and integrated program options.

Adapted programming includes modified environments, lower staff participant ratios and individualized instruction.  We also offer integrated one-to-one support and welcome external support workers into all recreation programs.

Fall Programs 2021

Registration for fall recreation programs opens September 28.  For more infomration on programs or to register, visit play.barrie.ca​

Fee assistance options are available at the RecACCESS page.

COVID-19 protocols (e.g., masks and social distancing) apply for all in-person programs.

Inclusion one-to-one support is available for separate registration. External support workers and assistive equipment are welcome. See below for information on how to register with one-to-one support. 

Inclusion Youth Crew 

Teenagers experiencing disabilities will enjoy interacting with their peers and trying different recreational activities such as trivia challenges, game show games, arts and crafts, music, group games, science experiments, and more. A 1 to 4 staff to participant ratio is provided. Ages 12 to 21.

RAD Club 
The Recreation for Adults experiencing Disability (RAD) club is back! Adults experiencing disabilities will enjoy interacting with their peers and trying different recreational activities such as trivia challenges, game show games, arts and crafts, music, group games, science experiments, and more. A 1 to 4 staff to participant ratio is provided. Ages 18+.
Special Olympics - FUNdamentals 

Children experiencing intellectual disability will develop fundamental movement skills, sport specific skills, and social skills in a safe and supportive environment. Program presented in partnership with Special Olympics Ontario.

Support Options for Registered Programs

City of Barrie - Inclusion One-to-One Support 

Inclusion one-to-one support staff are available to facilitate successful participation in all City of Barrie recreation program. Inclusion one-to-one support staff may provide redirection for safety reasons, allow opportunities for breaks, assist with personal care (e.g., feeding, toileting, changing, etc.), etc.

There is an additional cost and separate registration required for inclusion one-to-one support staff. Participants must register in one-to-one support in advance to ensure that support staff provided by the city are available.

To register for one-to-one support, please follow these steps:

  1. Register into your desired program on play.barrie.ca.  
  2. Register into the “Inclusion One-to-One Support" program for the same dates/times as the program selected.  
  3. Notify inclusion.services@barrie.ca of your registration at least two weeks before the start of the program. It is important to contact Inclusion Services as soon as possible as it is not guaranteed that Inclusion One-to-One Support Staff will be available for the date(s) and time(s) requested.
  4. Complete a Participant Information Package for the participant that is registering for the program. Updated Participant Information Packages should be submitted every two years or sooner when information changes.

    As per the City's Health and Safety Policy, the City may require that a participant bring an external support worker that can provide a higher level of support. The support worker can be a paid support worker (at the family's expense), a family member or another non-paid individual. Not providing a support worker may result in the participant being not allowed into to their desired program until they are able to attend with a support worker.
External Support Workers – Partners in Recreation 

The City of Barrie welcomes external support workers into our programs at no additional cost. All support workers must (a) be at least 16 yeas of age and (b) provide a copy of a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check (dated within 6 months of the program start date) to inclusion.services@barrie.ca.

To attend with an external support worker, please follow the following steps:

  1. Register into a program on play.barrie.ca that meets the needs, hobbies and interests of the participant.
  2. Register the participant (not the support worker) into the “Partners in Recreation" program for the same dates/times as the program selected. 
  3. Provide the Support Worker's name and current Criminal Reference Check to Inclusion Services at Inclusion.Services@barrie.ca) before to the start of the program.

Support Options for Drop-In Programs

External Support Works - Personal Assistant in Leaisure (PAL) Card 

Individuals who require support to participate in City of Barrie drop-in programs may apply for a Personal Assistant in Leisure (PAL) Card. The PAL Card allows a support worker to attend a drop-in program for free while accompanying a paying customer experiencing disability (or other folks with certain support needs). The PAL Card belongs to the customer requiring support.

To get a PAL Card, complete the PAL Card Application Form online or print the form and hand it in at any Recreation Centre. Hardcopies are also available to complete at Allandale Community Centre, East Bayfield Community Centre, Holly Community Centre, Parkview 55+ Centre.

Intake Process

Participant Information Package 

Participants registering in one-to-one support or adapted programs are asked to provide additional information on their support needs.

The Participant Information Package provides our staff with the necessary information to best support participants in adapted or integrated programs. This package is confidential and will only be provided to the staff working directly with a participant in a program.

The Participant Information Package can be submitted online or printed off and handed in at any Recreation Centre. Hardcopies are also available to complete at Allandale Community Centre, East Bayfield Community Centre, Holly Community Centre and Parkview 55+ Centre.




Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my participant needs support to participate? 

A participant usually benefits from one-to-one support in a recreation program if they:

  • Need or currently have additional support in a school setting
  • Have a safety plan in place at their school setting
  • Engage in behaviours often that could affect their safety or the safety of others
  • Need extra support at home for personal care such as feeding or toileting
  • Are currently using services from a disability or mental health agency


To discuss the individual needs of your participant, contact Inclusion Services at 705-739-4220, extension 5789 or inclusion.services@barrie.ca .

My participant does not meet the age criteria for a program. Can they have permission to register anyway? 

Following HIGH FIVE® guidelines, all programs are designed to be developmentally appropriate for a specific age range.

Age overrides are considered on a case-by-case basis and can be directed to Recreation Information at recreation.information@barrie.ca. If the age override is needed for an adapted program or for inclusion one-to-one support, please contact inclusion.services@barrie.ca.

If an age override is given, the instructor will decide whether the course is a good fit for the participants. Instructors may discuss other program options with the caregiver if needed.

Can we remain in the room with our participant?  

No. All City of Barrie programs are independent activities unless otherwise indicated. Caregivers, siblings and friends are required to be outside of the program space.

Some program spaces have a window or door where you view program activities. We ask that this be done not very often so that participants are not distracted.  



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