Inclusion

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Municipal Office

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

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Updated February 22, 2021

On Friday, February 19, 2021 the Province of Ontario announced that York Region will move to the Red-Control zone of the Provincial Reopening Framework on Monday, February 22.  York Region will no longer be subject to the stay-at-home order, however Public Health has strongly advised people to continue to stay at home and avoid social gatherings to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
 
The Town of Newmarket is happy to move forward with a reopening plan and begin to offer increased services, amenities and programs to the community. Recreation facilities and in-person drop in programming will resume operation in accordance with all health and safety regulations as outlined by the Province and York Region Health. This announcement does not impact or cancel any VIRTUAL programs currently running.

Newmarket trails, parks and playgrounds will remain open and residents are encouraged to use them while following all health and safety measures as outlined by the province.

The Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Drive), Robert N. Shelton Operation Centre (1275 Maple Hill Court) and Central York Fire Services (CYFS) remain closed to the public for in-person services. We continue to offer alternative ways to serve the community.

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

NOTICE: 
All Inclusion programming remains on hold until further notice. Please continue to check back for the most up to date information.  

Programs

​All programs facilitated by the Town of Newmarket welcome participation of all abilities. We provide a welcoming, comfortable and inclusive environment to encourage participation, with the goal of supporting the individual person's progress. In addition, there are specialized courses with increased levels of support in varying settings. 

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.


Inclusion Camps

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. 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.  Families are entitled to apply for one free week of one-to-one support at camp with the purchase of 1 or more weeks of one-to-one support at the regular rate. When a Town of Newmarket Inclusion Facilitator is provided, the fee for the program will be reduced by 50%. Some exceptions will apply. The program discount will not be applied with any other discounts or funding streams.

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.

Inclusion Programs

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

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 a support worker is required to attend, they will be admitted at no charge.

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 provide my own inclusion support worker?

Yes, you may provide your own support worker. We require that they provide us with a Vulnerable Sector Screening and sign a Support Worker Registration. Please be aware that we require the support worker to participate in all activities. 

Do you provide accessible equipment?

Yes, sport wheelchairs are available for use to play wheelchair basketball at the Magna Centre or on the Tim Hortons Walking/Jogging Track. Water wheelchairs are available at each pool to assist with pool access, an adult-size variable level table is located at both indoor pool facilities. 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. Helmets must be worn while on ice. Full hockey equipment is required during a sledge ice hockey shinny session. A registration form and waiver must be completed to use the sports equipment.

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

Yes, wheelchairs are permitted. The person must wear a helmet, and be accompanied by a person wearing ice skates. Prior to entering the ice surface, the tires must be clean and free of dirt.

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 Pat McIntosh at 905-953-5300 ext. 2821 to arrange the visit.

Interested in volunteering?

The Town of Newmarket is happy to offer an Inclusion Counsellor In Training 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, 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 employers. 

Inclusion Special Events
Check back here for updates on our upcoming events.

The BASE

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 outings are planned monthly and are added to further the enjoyment and engagement of our participants.

 

Our Locations:

Monday & Thursday: Magna Center (800 Mulock Drive, Newmarket)

Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: Recreation Youth Center & Sk8 Park (56 Charles Street, Newmarket)

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday to Friday 8:30 to 3:30

Ratio:

The BASE functions at a 1:5 staff to participant ratio. Participants requiring a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio can be accommodated at an additional charge. Participants requiring 1:1 support will be required to provide their own support person.

 

PA Day Program:

Students will enjoy an enriching day of activities. The day will include a mix of recreational fitness, lifestyle skill-development, literacy, crafts and games. Participants should dress in activewear and bring a (nut-free) lunch, snacks, and indoor shoes. An All About Me form is required to be completed. The ratio is 1:5. Additional support is available.

 

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 1:5 staff ratio. Participants requiring additional support may provide their own support person or request staff support for an additional fee. 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.


A Day at The BASE:

On Mondays and Thursdays, the BASE program can be found enjoying all that the Magna Center has to offer. The program utilizes the swimming pools, ice rinks and walking track as part of their daily programming. As the weather gets warmer, they have the perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy the local walking trails, playgrounds and sports fields.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays are spent at the Recreation Youth Center & Sk8 Park! Here, participants have access to a gym for physical fitness activities and group games, a kitchen to practise their culinary skills and perform science experiments and a lobby full of leisure activities like pool, ping pong and air hockey! As part of daily programming, participants have the opportunity to tap into their creativity during Adult Hobbies & Crafts and rock out during Music & Rhythm, where they participate in drum circles, karaoke and musical games.

 

BASE in the Community:

Participants in the BASE program will have ample opportunity to get out into the community. Trips to places such as Upper Canada Mall, local restaurants, trampolining and bowling are planned on a monthly basis and are a fun way to encourage social skills, road safety, etiquette and transit training. The Youth Center's central location makes getting around town easy for the participants who can be found exploring the Tom Taylor trail, checking out the stores along Main Street, finding fun and adventure in books at the library and having picnics in Fairy Lake.


Inclusion Aquatics

Individual and small group swimming lessons are available on a first-come-first-serve basis at the Ray Twinney Centre, Magna Centre and the Whipper Watson Pool at Southlake Regional Health 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

Volt Hockey

Check back here for more updates on our Volt Hockey 'Try It' programs. 

All inquiries to call ext 2821 or ext 2824. Email  inclusion@newmarket.ca

Sledge Hockey

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

Check out the current sledge hockey schedule to find times sledge is available as a drop-in program, registered program or for shinny.

 

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
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


FAQs and Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Are staff available to provide support?

Yes, in most cases arrangements for one-to-one support can be made. There is an additional hourly cost that is the responsibility of the family. When a Town of Newmarket Inclusion Facilitator is provided, the fee for the program will be reduced by 50%. Some exceptions will apply. The program discount will not be applied with any other discounts or funding streams. Families are entitled to apply for one free week of one-to-one support at camp with the purchase of 1 or more weeks of one-to-one support at the regular rate.

Can I provide my own inclusion support worker?

Yes, you may provide your own support worker. We require that they provide us with a Vulnerable Sector Screening and complete a Support Worker Registration. 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.

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.

Financial Aid

When a Town of Newmarket 1:1 Inclusion facilitator is provided for an individual's support in a program, the program fee will be reduced by 50%. Some exceptions will apply. The program discount will not be applied with any other discounts or funding streams.

For further financial assistance and more information on our Fee Assitance Program click here.


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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.

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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