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Inclusion Services

Inclusion Services

Are you looking for programs with targeted content, modified environments, lower ratios, or specialized instruction? The City is dedicated to providing a more accessible and inclusive recreation environment for individuals of all abilities. We offer and welcome supports within our program settings, in addition to offering specialized programming options.

Summer Camps 2018

Inclusion Services is offering many different adapted camps this Summer; Kinder Sense, Camp Sense, Discovery Sense, Social Sense, Creative Sense, Leadership Sense, Youth Sense and Life Sense. For more information including dates and descriptions please visit and search for the camp you would like to learn more about!

Inclusion Support Funding 2018

The City offers residents of Barrie one free week of 1:1 support for a child, youth, or adult with a disability requiring additional support to participate successfully in our camp programs. Funding is allocated at a first-come-first-serve basis, and families are required to pay the camp program fee. The deadline to apply is Friday April 20th, 2018. Applications will be accepted after the deadline and will be put on a waiting list and will receive funding if it becomes available. Please fill out the Inclusion Funding Application and return it directly to Chiara Mabrucco by emailing it to, or dropping it off at any City of Barrie Recreation Center. You will be contacted directly if your application has been approved. After one free week, families are required to pay for 1:1 support. Please visit the recreation guide for more information on dates and pricing. Non-residents do not qualify for this funding, but may sign-up for 1:1 support at any time.

Inclusion 1:1 Support Staff

1:1 support staff are available to facilitate participation in all City of Barrie recreation programs, provide redirection for safety reasons, and allow opportunities for breaks (sensory, emotional, etc). Assistance with personal care is available providing that it can be facilitated by one person.

Partners in Recreation

The City of Barrie welcomes personal support workers into our program environments. All support workers must provide a copy of their current Criminal Reference Check and be 16 years or older.

Participant Information Package

To assist us in better planning for a successful experience, please complete a participant information form. Once completed you can either print the forms and submit with your registration, or they can be emailed

Indulge in Your Sweet tooth and Help Send a Child to Camp

Purchase a delicious “Spirit of Barrie” cupcake at Sugar City Cupcakes and 10 cents from every cupcake sold will go towards the City of Barrie’s 1:1 Inclusion Support Staff program. For locations, hours and availability please visit Sugar City Cupcakes.

Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my child needs support to participate?  

Contact Inclusion Services via phone at 739-4220 ext 5789 or email . Inclusion Services will discuss with you the individual needs of your child and together you will form a plan to set your child up for success.

My child does not meet the age criteria for a class; can we have permission to take it anyway?  

Although age is not always indicative of a child’s ability level, our courses are designed to be age appropriate. This includes consideration of cognitive and physical development, as well as socialization. Age overrides are considered on a case by case basis and can be directed to Recreation Information If this age requirement is regarding Inclusion please contact Inclusion Services

In cases where age overrides are granted, the instructor will ultimately assess whether the course is a good fit for the student and may discuss other course options or withdrawal from course with the parent/guardian.

Can we remain in the room with our child?  

All City of Barrie programmes are independent activities unless otherwise indicated– parents/guardians, siblings and friends are required to be outside of the program space.

Some program spaces have a window or door where you can sneak a peek. We ask that this be done only on occasion as not to distract the participants.

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