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Activity Assistance Programs Give Children the Opportunity to Participate

Bruce County is supporting the inclusion of children from low-income families in the participation of extracurricular activities, school nutrition programs, and cultural and skill building activities through the Child Activity Assistance Program (CAAP).

Bruce County is supporting the inclusion of children from low-income families in the participation of extracurricular activities, school nutrition programs, and cultural and skill building activities through the Child Activity Assistance Program (CAAP).

The Child Activity Assistance Program (CAAP) is a fund available for families with a gross income of less than $30,000.00. The fund assists families with the cost of activities such as school trips, school nutrition programs, extra-curricular activities, arts and cultural programs, Scouts/Brownies, etc. This subsidy is available for dependent children, living at home, who are under the age of 18. The maximum CAAP funding is $300.00 per year, per child. 

Am I eligible? 
You must be a Canadian Citizen and a resident of Bruce County. You must also provide verification of your gross income. Please forward all required application documents to CAAP@brucecounty.on.ca. You can also mail your documents to Bruce County Human Services at PO BOX 399, 30 Park Street, Walkerton, ON, N0G 2V0, or fax your documents to 519-881-4324. 

“Bruce County’s Human Services department is here to help guide families through the subsidy application process,” said Christine MacDonald, Director of Human Services, “When fees are a barrier for activities and programming, this assistance program can help give children the opportunity to participate.”

Financial assistance may also be available for fees and equipment or supplies related to sporting programs through local Jumpstart funding. To apply for subsidy for recreational sporting programs such as hockey, soccer, baseball, or swimming, an application needs to be submitted to the Jumpstart program online or a hardcopy application can be picked up at Bruce County Human Service office locations in Walkerton, Kincardine, Port Elgin, and Wiarton. Processing time for a Jumpstart application can be 4 to 6 weeks, so please plan ahead.

“Bruce County is committed to supporting families enhance their level of participation and quality of life in our communities,” said Bruce County Warden Janice Jackson, “By ensuring integrated and comprehensive services and funding through our Human Services department, we are removing barriers and creating opportunities.”

Discover more about the Child Activity Assistance Program.