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Fall recreation

The Recreation eGuides for fall and winter programs are now available online at Choose from a wide variety of activities for all ages, including swimming lessons, fitness classes, general-interest courses, sports and instruction in the arts.

Registration for swimming lessons and aquafitness classes begins:
  • Online Monday, August 12 at 9 pm and in person at City recreation facilities on Tuesday, August 13 during regular business hours.
Registration for all other programs begins:
  • Online Wednesday, August 14 at 9 pm and in person at City recreation facilities on Thursday, August 15 during regular business hours.
Plan now to register for fall and winter recreation programs!

Follow in French

On a related note, did you know that we have French programming at many of our recreation and cultural facilities across the city? Want to know more? Follow us on our French Facebook page and don’t forget to subscribe to our French e-newsletter sent monthly straight to your inbox. Join now and be the first to hear all the news

After School for four- and five-year olds is back!

That’s right, four- and five-year olds are once again able to attend the before and after school programs run by the City of Ottawa! What does this mean? All children in your household (between the ages of four and 12) can attend the same program while you continue your work day with peace of mind. Get ready for back to school with our fun, creative, social and safe program.

Get water wise – save lives

Did you know that every year, about 160 people drown in Ontario? Drowning is fast and silent, but every drowning death is preventable with water safety knowledge.

Here are 4 important water safety tips to prevent water-related injuries:
  1. Learn to swim. In Canada, learning how to swim is a life skill. The City of Ottawa offers swimming lessons for all ages and abilities.
  2. Have a swim buddy. Don’t go swimming alone! Always make sure you are with a friend or family member.
  3. Stay alert. When you are the designated water watcher you must always be alert and aware of the water. Avoid distractions which can take your focus away from the water.
  4. Layers of protection. Backyard pools with self-latching gates, life jackets, and close supervision of children are all layers of protection that help prevent drowning.

Become a lifeguard

We are hiring Aquatic Lifeguards and Instructors. If you’ve got the required certifications and are looking for an exciting job opportunity, mark your calendar and register in-person or over the phone at your local pool for a lifeguard skills screening session:
  • August 9, Brewer Pool 5 to 7 pm (arrive at 4:30 to check-in)
Want to know more about the Aquatics Lifeguard and Instructor screening sessions? Recreation Supervisor Martin Morissette is hosting a Facebook Live information session to answer all your questions. Tune in at 1 pm on August 2, or at 2 pm on our French Facebook page.

Rec and Culture jobs

Apply online and find the full inventory of jobs in recreation and culture. Here’s a snapshot of some of the opportunities:
  • Arts instructor
  • Customer service representative
  • Fitness instructor
  • Inclusive recreation counselor
  • Lifeguard
  • Museum staff
  • Recreation program leader
  • Youth and child care worker

Just Move with Carleton Heights Community Centre

Give some momentum to your fall fitness program with an affordable Just Move membership. Just Move offers two introductory-level fitness classes per week for adults and seniors. Classes start September 4 exclusively at Carleton Heights Community Centre (1665 Apeldoorn). Memberships are available for one month, three months, six months and one year.
For more information, call 613-226-2208 ext. 225 or e-mail

Recreation facility infrastructure standards and strategy

Developing the future of municipal recreation spaces. We invite you to share your ideas and comments on municipal recreation facilities. Tell us what works and what doesn’t work to help us plan for the future of recreation spaces in Ottawa! Have your say!

Please contact the project team at or 613-580-2424 ext. 27366 if you have any questions.

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