Registration Subsidies

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charitable program that is dedicated to making it possible for children to be able to participate in organized sport and recreation by helping to remove financial barriers.  Each child’s financial needs are different therefore the grant will help cover registration, equipment and/or transportation costs for children ages 4 to 18 years.

The National network has local chapters with volunteer members that are committed to helping get kids active and healthy. Each local chapter has their own budget.

Children are able to select the program they are interested to participate in.  There are over 70 sport and recreation activities supported by the Canadian Tire Jumpstart such as hockey, swimming, soccer, baseball, skating, ballet, karate and gymnastics.

Applications can be submitted from January 15 to November 1 (varies by Chapter). The goal is for funding to be spread equally over Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter activities.

You can visit the Canadian Tire Jumpstart web site to apply on-line  or you can apply through your Local Jump Start Chapter.

For residents living in St. Thomas or West Elgin contact:

Barb Matthews, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of St. Thomas-Elgin by phone 519-633-3830 or email

For residents living in East Elgin contact:

Danielle Broer, East Elgin Community Complex, by phone 519-773-5631 ext. 21 or email

Application Form:

Application Forms can be picked up at the East Elgin Community Complex Administration Office or in the brochure rack.

For more information, call the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Call Centre at 1-844-937-7529  or visit the Canadian Tire Jumpstart website to apply online.


Federal Children's Fitness Tax Credit - Changes taking effect in 2016-2017

Budget 2016 proposes to phase out the children’s fitness and arts tax credits:

  • Effective for the 2016 taxation year, the maximum eligible amount per child will be reduced to $500 from $1,000 for the children’s fitness tax credit (which will remain refundable for 2016) and to $250 from $500 for the children’s arts tax credit. The supplemental amounts for children eligible for the disability tax credit will remain at $500 for both credits for 2016.
  • Effective for the 2017 and subsequent taxation years, both credits will be eliminated.

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Ontario Children's Activity Tax Credit

The Ontario Children's Activity Tax Credit lets you claim eligible expenses and get money back for each child under the age of 16, or for a child with a disability that is under the age of 18, for participation in activities such as: painting classes, soccer, hockey or music lessons.  Physical activities that are eligible for the Federal Children's Fitness Tax Credit will automatically be eligible for the Ontario Children's Activity Tax Credit. Keep your receipts. You'll need them to claim this credit when you fill out your income tax return. 

For 2016 you can claim up to $560 in eligible expenses and get up to $56 back for each child under 16. You can get up to $112 back for a child with a disability who is under 18.

As of January 1, 2017, the Children's Activity Tax Credit will no longer be available.

To find out if you are eligible to apply and/or for activities that are included visit: