It’s hard to believe that registration for City of Toronto’s spring and summer programs is just around the corner and that Camp U of T’s is already here! The best part is that children of all ages have access to awesome programs like swimming, arts and crafts, and summer camps – there’s something for everyone.
CAMP U OF T SUMMER
Registration dates vary depending on which campus the camps are that you’re signing up for:
- Downtown Camp U of T- February 8th at 8 a.m.
- UTM Camp U of T- February 16th at 8 a.m.
You’ll need to know the course bar codes of the programs that you’re hoping to get a spot in. You can find these codes in the 2016-17 Junior Blues Guide, which is available at these locations: the Family Care Office, on the KPE’s website, as well as at all of the KPE facilities.
If you have previously registered for any of the University of Toronto’s recreational programs, you’ll have received a login and pin number to access online registration. With this information as well as your programs’ bar codes you can register online.
Don’t have a login and pin number? You can set up an account with your first online registration. You can also register for programs by fax, mail, or in-person at the Athletic Centre main office.
NOTE FOR E-REGISTRATION: If your preferred program has a waitlist that you would like to be on, you must complete all registrations and then place your child on the waitlist of your selected programs. If you waitlist and then register, you will be removed from the waitlist. Be sure to click the ‘check out’ once you are finished and make sure to save your confirmation email (just in case!).
Please note that discounts are available for children of U of T students and Athletic Centre/Varsity Arena members, though some restrictions may apply. Make sure that you contact the main office for details.
JUNIOR BLUES SPRING PROGRAMMING
Registration for Spring Junior Blues programs begins on April 5th at 8 a.m. Ensure that you save this date so that your little ones can get spaces in their preferred registered programs.
Registration for Junior Blues is the same as Camp U of T registration, so see above for info.
Don’t forget – registration dates vary depending on where you live.
- Etobicoke York District – March 4th at 7 a.m.
- Scarborough District – March 5th at 7 a.m.
- North York District – March 7th at 7 a.m.
- Toronto and East York District – March 8th at 7 a.m.
If you’re not sure which district you live in, check out the map in each of the 4 Toronto FUN Guides to see the boundaries. You can register in programs held outside of your district, but not until the first day of registration in that district. For example, if you live in Etobicoke York District but want to register for a program held in Toronto and East York District, you must wait until Wednesday, March 8th to sign up.
Getting Your Family & Client Numbers
Start by getting a family account with the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation program. Simply call 416-338-4386 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday to get a client and family number that you will then use to register for the programs of your choice. It is best to do this as soon as possible.
The online registration system is available between 7:00 a.m. and midnight every day. Make sure you have your family and client numbers and the registration codes for the programs you are interested in (registration codes can be found in the print or digital Fun Guides).
Registering in Person
If you prefer, you can also register in person at selected locations. The places and times are explained in the Fun Guides of each district. For more information on registering in-person click here.
Registering by Phone
The touch tone registration system is available from 7:00 a.m. to midnight every day. Call 416-338-0000 and press 1 to begin registering for courses. A detailed prompt system will guide you through the process. Do NOT hang up when the system tells you “You have registered successfully.” You still have to pay for the course!
There is fierce competition to get into some high-demand City of Toronto programs. To maximise your chances of getting the program you want, be sure to:
- Be up and ready to log-in or call starting right at 7:00 a.m. on the day registration opens. I always start trying to log in and get through on the phone just before 7:00am
- Alternate between calling and trying to get through online
- Have your client & family numbers and course numbers written out next to you, along with your credit card to pay so you don’t have to scramble to find the necessary information
- Create a list of options: make sure you have a second and even third choice written out in case your preferred program and times already full
- Be sure to check out the offerings at several community centres, even those outside your immediate district
- Talk to other families in your area, visit the community centres and chat with the staff about their programs to find out what will work best for you and your family
- Consider signing up for a program for yourself while your child is in their session
While the cost of lessons and activities with the City of Toronto is less than what you would pay for private classes, it can still add up. The City of Toronto’s Welcome Policy provides a fee subsidy to help low income individuals and families access City-operated recreation programs. If you are approved for Welcome Policy, you will receive an annual financial subsidy that can be spent on any of the wide variety of high-quality recreation programs offered by the City throughout the year.