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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.

The City or Barrie is committed to providing a safe and healthy experience for all participants. As such, we ensure all provincial and local health guidelines are met related to COVID-19.

2022 Spring Programs

Registration for spring recreation programs is open. Visit play.barrie.ca for information on programs and to register. Inclusion one-to-one support is also open for registration. External support workers and assistive equipment are welcome.

Inclusion Programs

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+.
VOLT Hockey - Learn to Play

VOLT Hockey has arrived in Barrie. In this integrated program, participants experiencing disability and non-disabled participants will enjoy learning how to play the sport of VOLT Hockey in electronic chairs. Sport skills are introduced through a variety of modified games. Instruction is adapted to individual needs. Participants will be divided into age groups upon arrival. Ages 6 to 14. 

A 1 to 4 participant to staff ratio will be provided. One-to-one support is also available for separate registration. All activity equipment is provided. Personal support workers and assistive equipment are welcome.

VOLT Hockey - Try It    

VOLT Hockey has arrived in Barrie. At this event, children, youth, and their families can try the exciting sport of VOLT Hockey. The electronic chairs are made with physical disabilities in mind, providing an accessible option for everyone to enjoy the sport of hockey. Participants can try the chairs, play games of 3 on 3, or practice their shots. No hockey experience required. Ages 6+.

All activity equipment is provided. Personal support workers and assistive equipment are welcome.

2022 Summer Day Camps

Adapted Camp Barrie

Participants experiencing disability will enjoy a variety of outdoor and indoor activities with a focus on fun and making friends. Each week participants will enjoy arts and crafts, sports, camp games, water games, and special events. Each week will host a different age group. Camp activities and special events will be based on a weekly theme. All themes are subject to change.

Dates Program NameAges
(in years)
Theme
July 4 to 8

Adapted Camp Barrie – Children

6–12Full STEAM Ahead (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)
July 11 to 15 Adapted Camp Barrie – Youth 12–21Creative Cat
July 18 to 22 Adapted Camp Barrie – Kinder 4–5 Nature Adventures
Adapted Camp Barrie – Adults 18+
July 25 to 29 Adapted Camp Barrie – Children 6–12 Operation Splash Down
August 2 to 5 Adapted Camp Barrie – Kinder 4–5 Superhero Showdown
Adapted Camp Barrie – Youth 12–21
August 8 to 12 Adapted Camp Barrie – Adults 18+ Jungle Adventure
August 15 to 19 Adapted Camp Barrie – Children 6–12 Lights, Camera, Action!
August 22 to 26 Adapted Camp Barrie – Kinder 4–5 Under the Deep Blue Sea
​August 22 to 26 Adapted Camp Barrie – Children 6–12
August 29 to September 2 Adapted Camp Barrie – Adults 18+ Journey Through Outer Space

Inclusion Support Funding, Summer 2022 Camps 

The City offers one free week of one-to-one support for participants registering in summer day camps. Funding is given at a first-come-first-served basisand only be granted while funds last. Families are required to pay the camp program fee. Applicants are open to Barrie residents only. Non-residents do not qualify for this funding but may sign up for one-to-one support at any time.

To apply, please complete the Inclusion Funding Application: Summer Camps 2022 and return it to inclusion.services@barrie.ca or drop it off at any recreation centre. Application deadline: Monday May 2, 2021.

If you are granted one free week of one-to-one support, you will be notified directly by Inclusion Services. Once you are notified about receiving funding, you will have up until May 20, 2022, to register the participant into the camp program. Those who do not register into a corresponding camp program by May 20 will lose the opportunity to have the funding, and the funding will be given to another family on the waitlist. After one free week, families are required to pay for one-to-one support.

Support Options

For Registered Programs 
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.
 
For Drop-In Programs
External Support Works - Personal Assistant in Leisure (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 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, Peggy Hill Team 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, Peggy Hill Team 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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