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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 are offered during the summer season and March Break. Check back for more information.
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
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
email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
email@example.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
To apply, contact Inclusion Recreation Programmer at (905) 953-5300 ext. 2821 or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions.
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Questions? Should you have any questions, please contact Customer Service by phone at 905-953-5303 or e-mail at email@example.com. Customer Service is available Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.