Inclusion

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395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7
905-895-5193

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Updated September 21, 2021

Starting September 22, those entering certain indoor public settings will be required to be fully vaccinated*and provide proof of full vaccination status in accordance with Provincial legislation.

September 22 to October 31: All individuals 12+ will be required to provide proof of full vaccination* (with the exception of those age 12-17 who are participating in an organized sport) for entry into a Town facility or recreation program, including access to the Customer Service Kiosks at the Magna Centre and the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex.  

November 1: All individuals 12+ will be required to provide proof of full vaccination* (regardless of their participation in an organized sport) for entry into a Town facility, including the Customer Service Kiosk, and participation in all recreation programs and events as approved at the Special Council Meeting on September 21.

For more details about the Town of Newmarket screening process and the information residents are required to present at facility and event screening desks, please refer to the Media Release here: COVID-19 Newmarket Updates

Have more questions? Please visit our FAQ page for further information:  Affected Services and Frequently Asked Questions (newmarket.ca)

*Fully vaccinated means all individuals must have proof of two doses of a Health Canada Approved Vaccine or one dose of the Jansen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccine plus a two-week waiting period from their last dose.

For up-to-date information about closures, re-openings and the Town's response to the pandemic, please visit Newmarket.ca/covid19 and follow @TownofNewmarket on social media. For a full list of regulations, please view the Province of Ontario's media release.

For more information about recreation services and amenities, please contact Customer Service: email info@newmarket.ca or call 905-895-5193.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person programs and events hosted by the Town of Newmarket will follow all guidelines released by the Ontario Ministry of Health and York Region Public Health. We are dedicated to providing a fun and safe environment for all staff and participants.


The Town of Newmarket is committed to offering high quality accessible and inclusive recreation and leisure program opportunities for persons of varying abilities.  

Our goal is to support individual progress and interests through recreation programs and activities. Various levels of support are available through integrated and specialized adapted programs.

The Town of Newmarket is dedicated to ensuring all individuals have a successful recreation experience.  There are times when a participant requires more support than our program ratios are able to provide. In these cases, we strongly recommend consulting with us about our support options. Email inclusion@newmarket.ca

Inclusion programming is available on a moderate basis during the fall of 2021. Please continue to check back for the most up to date information. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person programs and events hosted by the Town of Newmarket will follow all guidelines released by the Ontario Ministry of Health and York Region Public Health. We are dedicated to providing a fun and safe environment for all staff and participants.

Details for Registration

  • Registration for Residents opens Thursday, August 26, 2021 
  • Registration for Non-Residents open Thursday, September 2, 2021
  • Register at play.newmarket.ca 
  • Be sure to scroll through this page for further information on registration guidelines, refunds, no shows, FAQ's and more
For detailed program descriptions and to register visit play.newmarket.ca or click the "register here" tile below

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Town of Newmarket's Recreation & Culture department continues to develop program opportunities to better serve children, youth, young adults and adults with special needs. Some programs are designed specifically for children, youth and adults with special needs, but welcome all interested participants. For information and how to register visit play.newmarket.ca

The BASE Fall 2021

The BASE Program is a recreation program that allows a diverse group of participants to experience a wide range of activities, focussing on creativity, physical fitness, life-skill development, literacy and socialization. Guest visitors, themes and daily outings are planned to enrich the program and engage participants.

Ratio:

The BASE functions at a 1:3 staff to participant ratio. Increased support required should be discussed with the Inclusion Base Director. Participants may chose to provide their own support worker.

Days: Monday & Wednesday:

Hours of Operation: 9 to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Newmarket Community Centre & Lions Halls (200 Doug Duncan Drive Newmarket)

The BASE GO Program Fall 2021

Growth and Opportunity is the focus of this program for more independent adults with special needs. Participants will be on the go planning activities and outings, expanding life skills, learning safety and first aid and participating in the some sports, fitness and swimming. Individuals must be independent in personal care and able to manage in a group setting to follow instructions and contribute to discussions.

Ratio: The Base GO functions at 1 staff to 5 registrant ratio.

Days: Tuesday & Thursday

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location:  Magna Centre (800 Mulock Drive, Newmarket)

Inclusion Children & Youth Programs Fall 2021

Specialized programs are available in fall, winter and spring sessions for children and youth. Families are asked to complete the All About Me package and submit to inclusion@newmarket.ca two weeks prior to registration. 

Playability programs offer a small group environment to develop social skills through play. For up to date information please visit play.newmarket.ca

Inclusion Aquatics

Individual and small group swimming lessons are available on a first-come-first-serve basis at the Ray Twinney Centre and Magna Centre

Please drop off your completed All About Me Aquatics package at any Town of Newmarket kiosk location or email it to swimming@newmarket.ca prior to program registration.  

For more information, please contact swimming@newmarket.ca or 905 953-5300, Ext 2711

Sledge Hockey - Currently on hold until Winter 2021

Sledge Hockey Program Information

What is sledge hockey?

Although a sport for individuals of all abilities, sledge hockey was designed to allow participants who have a physical disability to play the game of ice hockey. It was invented in the early 1960s at a Swedish rehabilitation center and is currently one of the most popular sports in the Paralympic Games.

  • Players sit on a sledge (a seat on a narrow platform) with skate blades attached to the bottom and propel themselves with two short hockey sticks with picks on the ends
  • Players wear full hockey gear and are strapped into sledges
  • Sledges can be adapted to meet the needs of each player
  • Each team has 6 players in play, including the goalie
  • Additional team members remain in a designated sitting bench area
  • A team may include able-bodied players
  • A player who is unable to move a sledge on their own may be assisted by a pusher

What equipment is required?

Personal equipment includes CSA-approved hockey helmet with face mask, neck guard, elbow pads, shoulder pads, leg guards, hockey gloves and close-toed footwear.

The Sledge - The Town of Newmarket has sledges to loan out in our programs. The Town's sledges are adjustable in length and have some custom abilities (high back support, additional straps, push bar). Seats come in various sizes and the double ice blades are adjustable for width, which is reduced as skill develops.

Please Note: For shinny, participants are required to supply their own sledge. The sledge hockey registered and drop-in programs include the borrowing of a sledge

The Sticks - Players propel themselves with two sticks with picks on the ends. These are also used to shoot the puck. Upper body strength will increase with practice. If your child does not have ability to propel the sledge, a push bar handle can be mounted on the sledge, and a pusher (a person on skates) will provide the movement. Gloves can be fastened together to assist with gripping if required.

How do I find out if my child might enjoy this sport before investing in equipment & registration?
There are opportunities for you and your child to view sledge in action, as well as to come out and try it during drop-in hours. Full equipment is not required to try it - minimum is a helmet and gloves.

Is this sport only meant for people with physical disabilities?
No, this sport allows for able-bodied players too! For recreational play it's a great game for all!

Wheelchair Basketball - Currently on hold until winter 2021
Check back here for more updates on our weekly Wheelchair Basketball Drop-In. All inquiries to call 905 953-5300 ext 2821 or ext 2824. Email  inclusion@newmarket.ca


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The Town of Newmarket is proud to offer a variety of inclusion opportunities in camps including support in integrated camps, adapted camps and The Base Summer Camp.

Support in Integrated Camps

Support in camps is offered for Winter Break, March Break and Summer sessions.  Please reach out early to plan for program registration, accommodations and support to avoid disappointment. Families are required to complete an All About Me package and provide an IEP and Safety Plan. A pre-camp meeting will be booked to discuss individual interests and accommodations. Scheduled payment plans can be arranged. Register for our camps at play.newmarket.ca

When additional support is required, families may provide their own independent worker or request a Town of Newmarket Inclusion Facilitator.  Due to increased volume of requests for summer camps, please contact inclusion@newmarket.ca by March 31.

The Town of Newmarket attempts to accommodate requests for additional support for individuals with special needs. However, due to the number of requests for additional support or level of care required, support cannot be guaranteed.

Registration closes 10 days prior to the beginning of each camp week.

The BASE Summer Camp

Youth and adults with special needs will enjoy a variety of activities including physical fitness, outdoor activities, swimming, games, music, arts & crafts, and scientific discovery.  The program will offer centre based activity choices to allow flexibility and an opportunity to focus on personal interests and development. A weekly out trip or guest presenter will be planned.

The fee is based on 1:3 staff ratio. Participants requiring additional support may provide their own support person or request staff support. Families are required to complete an All About Me package and provide an IEP and Safety Plan. A pre-camp meeting will be booked in May or June to discuss individual needs and interests. Registrations may be completed at this time.

Participants may choose to enjoy a full week camp experience or register 1 or 2 days weekly through the summer in The Base Summer Days. 

Registration closes 10 days prior to the beginning of each camp week.

Adapted Camps
Adapted camps are offered during the summer season and March Break.  Check back for more information.

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The Town of Newmarket is proud to offer an Inclusion Counsellor In Training (ICIT) certificate course to students who wish to make a difference to individuals in our community. Participants in the Inclusion CIT program will be given in-class instruction in areas such as adaptive games, communication, feeding & changing and personal safety skills. They will then have an opportunity to utilize their new skills in placements within inclusion programs. Through volunteering, participants gain valuable experience and references for future employment. 

The next course for the ICIT will be offered in Winter 2022.

Volunteers are welcome to be involved in Inclusion programs. If you are interested, please contact  inclusion@newmarket.ca

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How do I know if additional support is required?

Additional support is required if:

  • Extra support is required at school
  • A disability exists that could affect the safety of the participant or other participants
  • Extra support is required at home for basic care
  • The participant is associated with a support agency and/or program
  • The participant has a safety plan with their educational institution
  • There are behaviours to be managed (ie. Biting, scratching, pinching, etc)

Families are required to complete an All About Me package to help staff with any program adaptations. When considering a recreation experience, please consider the individual needs, and that recreation in an integrated setting may not be suitable for all persons. The health and safety of participants and staff is paramount. Any actions or behaviours which contravene this policy could result in a participant being denied access to the program.

Please Note: We may ask that an individual be paired with a support person considering the health and safety of the individual and staff, provincial regulations and the Town of Newmarket's own policies.

 Are staff available to provide support?

Yes, in most cases arrangements for one-to-one support can be made. Contact inclusion@newmarket.ca to make a request.

Can I provide my own inclusion support worker?

Yes, you may provide your own support worker. A Vulnerable Sector Screening and completed  Support Worker Registration Agreement is required to be submitted to inclusion@newmarket.ca. Please be aware that we require the support worker to participate in all activities. The Town of Newmarket attempts to accommodate requests for additional support for individuals with special needs. However, due to the number of requests for additional support or level of care required, support cannot be guaranteed.

Are all programs accessible?

Yes, all programs facilitated by the Town of Newmarket welcome participation of all abilities. Considerations for activities, setting and level of support required can be discussed with the Recreation Programmer and instructor for the best experience. If an external support worker is required to attend, they will be admitted at no charge. Newmarket Inclusion Facilitators may be available to provide additional support as needed.

Do I have to stay with my child in the program?

No, unless the program indicates otherwise or based on the arrangement level of support required. It is the goal of these programs to promote as much independence as possible.

Can I try a program?

Yes, participants can set up a one-time-only visit to a program to see if it would be suitable. Please call Inclusion Recreation Programmer at (905) 953-5300 ext. 2821 or inclusion@newmarket.ca to arrange the visit.

Do you provide accessible equipment?

Yes, sport wheelchairs are available for use to play wheelchair basketball at the Newmarket Recreation Youth Centre.

Ice Sledges are available at the Magna Centre for use in Drop-in ice skate sessions or Sledge Hockey Shinny sessions. Helmets must be worn while on the ice. Full hockey equipment is required during a sledge ice hockey shinny sessions. A registration form and waiver must be completed to use the sports equipment. Please contact inclusion@newmarket.ca to arrange equipment bookings.

Water wheelchairs are available at each pool to assist with pool access, and an adult-size variable level table is located at both indoor pool facilities for changing. To assist a caregiver with transfers, a portable lift with a sling is available at the Magna Centre and Ray Twinney Complex. An equipment booking form is required to be completed for use of equipment.

Can I use my wheelchair on the ice during a public skate session?

Yes, manual wheelchairs are permitted. The person is recommended to wear a helmet, and be accompanied by a responsible person wearing ice skates. Prior to entering the ice surface, the tires must be clean and free of dirt. Persons are asked to utilize the perimeter of the ice closest to the boards as recommended by the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association. Please note that Ice sledges with push bars handles are available as an alternate.

Is Financial Assistance Available?

Yes, financial assistance is available for summer camp support and programs.  Be sure to apply early at york.ca/recreationsubsidies.

For assistance contact  Inclusion Recreation Programmer at (905) 953-5300 ext. 2821 or inclusion@newmarket.ca


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To apply, contact Inclusion Recreation Programmer at (905) 953-5300 ext. 2821 or inclusion@newmarket.ca


We welcome our community's feedback and input and would love to hear from you on what programs / activities you would like to see offered by the Town.  Email us at recreation@newmarket.ca with your suggestions.


Stay up-to-date on the latest Town updates by following  @TownofNewmarket on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and visit Newmarket.ca/COVID19.


Questions? Should you have any questions, please contact Customer Service by phone at 905-953-5303 or e-mail at info@newmarket.ca. Customer Service is available Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 


COVID-19 Update 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be program disruptions, changes and facility closures. We continue to offer alternative ways to serve the community. Learn about Newmarket's approach to reopening and for current information and resources. For any inquiries, please email info@newmarket.ca.

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