Can you tell me more about Jumpstart?

Can you tell me more about Jumpstart?

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a registered charity (#1379 29 451 RR0002) dedicated to removing financial barriers so kids across Canada have the opportunity to get off the sidelines and get into the game.

Jumpstart’s core purpose is to enrich the lives of kids (from 4 to 18) in need through sports and physical activity. We assist with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation.

Jumpstart helps kids explore a range of options by supporting over 70 different activities. In addition to enabling participation in high-profile sports like hockey, soccer and swimming, Jumpstart helps kids take dance lessons and martial arts classes, play ringette or take part in several dozen other activities. What kids do is up to them; we’re here to help them do it. 
How is Jumpstart funded?

How is Jumpstart funded?

As a registered charity, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities receives donations and sponsorships from a wide variety of sources. Canadian Tire Corporation is Jumpstart’s biggest supporter as it funds all the general administrative expenses of Jumpstart, which means 100% of customer donations go directly to help kids in need.

Vendors from Canadian Tire, FGL Sports, Mark’s and Canadian Tire Financial Services are also key supporters, and funders, for the charity. As is the Government of Canada as well as several provincial governments that provide grants in support of youth and active living initiatives.

Anyone can make a donation to Jumpstart. Customers from across the Canadian Tire enterprise have been very generous to Jumpstart. We have also received donations from young children who donated their birthday party money; customers who donated in memory of a loved one; Canadian Tire employees and business partners who participated in fundraising events.
How old does a child need to be in order to be eligible for Jumpstart funding?

How old does a child need to be in order to be eligible for Jumpstart funding?

Jumpstart supports children between the ages of 4 and 18. ​
What costs does Jumpstart funding cover?

What costs does Jumpstart funding cover?

Jumpstart assists with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation.
What sports and activities does Jumpstart currently fund?

What sports and activities does Jumpstart currently fund?

  • Archery
  • Boys & Girls Club Membership
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Biking
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Broomball
  • Bocce
  • Cheerleading
  • Climbing
  • Community Centre Membership
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Curling
  • Dance
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Figure Skating
  • Fishing
  • Fitness Membership
  • Floor Hockey
  • Football
  • Girl Guides
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • In-line Skating/ Rollerblading
  • Kinball
  • Lacrosse
  • Lawn Bowling
  • Martial Arts
  • Multisports
  • Orienteering
  • Racquetball
  • Ringette
  • Rugby
  • Sailing & Kayaking/ Canoeing
  • Scouts
  • Skateboarding
  • Skating
  • Skiing
  • Skipping
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Sport Camp
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Walking
  • Water Polo
  • Windsurfing
  • Wrestling
  • YMCA/ YWCA Membership
  • Yoga
  •  
Can I apply for funding for all my children?

Can I apply for funding for all my children?

Yes, funding can be requested for more than one child in a family as long as the children are between the ages of 4 – 18 and the total family unit income (before tax) falls within LICO guidelines
How long does a program have to be to qualify for funding?

How long does a program have to be to qualify for funding?

Funding should be for a sustained program that is either a minimum of five weeks in duration with a minimum of one session per week, or in the case of sport camps, five consecutive days.
Can I request funding for two seasons in a row for my child?

Can I request funding for two seasons in a row for my child?

Yes. Children can be funded for successive seasons in an activity up to a maximum of $300 per activity; subject to Chapter discretion and/or local demands. The annual maximum is $600; again, subject to Chapter discretion and/or local demands. 
Can I request funding for more than one sport for my child?

Can I request funding for more than one sport for my child?

Yes. A child may be eligible to receive funding for more than one sport a year; however only one sport or activity is covered within each funding request.
My son/daughter is in Select/Rep/Elite league. Are they able to be covered for funding?

My son/daughter is in Select/Rep/Elite league. Are they able to be covered for funding?

Jumpstart typically supports participation in sports or physical activity programming at the House League level. Exceptions are up to the discretion of the Chapter and/or Jumpstart Regional Manager; with the Regional Manager having ultimate approval. 
I know a child whose family can’t afford to have them participate in sports or physical activity programming. Can I apply for funding for the child on behalf of the family?

I know a child whose family can’t afford to have them participate in sports or physical activity programming. Can I apply for funding for the child on behalf of the family?

Unfortunately, the parent/guardian of the child will need to apply for funding for their child/children. Jumpstart realizes that family situations change, and we are here to offer assistance so that kids can continue to participate in the sports they love—or to learn a new sport. You can direct the parent/guardian to the call the Call Centre (1-844-YES-PLAY). If the parent/guardian is reticent about sharing their financial information, let them know that all information is kept confidential.
Can anyone apply for Jumpstart funding?

Can anyone apply for Jumpstart funding?

Revenue Canada’s Low Income Cut-offs (LICOs) which are published by Statistics Canada can be used as a starting point to determine if a family meets Jumpstart’s funding criteria. Families living below these income levels would meet Jumpstart’s requirements for funding support.

There are 35 different LICOs, varying according to family size (the number of people in the household—adults and children) and size of community. To help determine if the family is eligible to receive Jumpstart funding you can click here.  

To determine where the total family unit income falls within the LICO table simply:

Find the size of the family unit down the left-hand side.
•   Find the community size across the top.
Where the column and row meet is the LICO for that family unit size in the community.

For example, a family of 4 living in Toronto with a total family unit income of less than $43,942 would meet Jumpstart’s requirements for funding support. Please note that if the income is above the limits indicated then, regretfully, Jumpstart will not be able to approve the child for funding.
How can I make a donation?

How can I make a donation?

You can make a secure donation online at: jumpstart.canadiantire.ca. For donations of $20 or more, you will receive a charitable tax receipt. See Tax Receipt Guidelines. Alternatively, you can send a cheque (payable to Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities) to:

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
Attention: Jumpstart Finance Team
2180 Yonge Street, PO Box 770, Station K
Toronto, Ontario M4P 2V8
How can I apply for funding for my child/children?

How can I apply for funding for my child/children?

As of January 15, 2015 you can apply online here.
Once I apply for funding does that mean my child is registered in the sport/activity?

Once I apply for funding does that mean my child is registered in the sport/activity?

No, it is the responsibility of the parent to work directly with the service organization to ensure a spot is available for their child.
Can I apply for funding at any time?

Can I apply for funding at any time?

Applications for assistance can typically be submitted from January 15 to November 1, with the goal to be equitably distributed over Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter activities.
How long does it take for an application to be processed?

How long does it take for an application to be processed?

Typically, it takes between 6-8 weeks for an application to be processed. If a new Payee needs to be approved, it could take longer. A Payee is the organization where the cheque for approved Jumpstart funding will be sent. If the organization is not an existing Payee, then they will need to be reviewed and approved by the Jumpstart Finance team as part of the application process—hence why, in these instances, the application process could take longer.
What volunteer opportunities does Jumpstart have available?

What volunteer opportunities does Jumpstart have available?

If you are interested in volunteering at a Jumpstart event, visit our volunteer website where you can view opportunities that are available.
How can my organization become a Community Partner?

How can my organization become a Community Partner?

If your organization is interested in becoming a Jumpstart Community Partner, you can send an email to: jumpstart_admin@cantire.com and the Jumpstart team will be happy to explain the process and the roles & responsibilities of being a Jumpstart Community Partner.
How secure is the electronic application platform?

How secure is the electronic application platform?

The platform that Jumpstart is using for the electronic application is a secure platform that is hosted in Canada. Security features and functionality exist at all levels of the system from administrative controls to encrypted servers. In addition, we have created user roles to define levels of access. This ensures that the information is only accessible to those who are authorized by Jumpstart.

Jumpstart adheres to the Privacy Policy as outlined on jumpstart.canadiantire.ca. Personal information that is received within the electronic application will be securely safeguarded at all times and maintained in strict confidence, in full compliance with applicable Canadian data protection laws and regulations including, without limitation, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, (PIPEDA) and all substantially similar provincial legislation. In addition, the personal and financial information you provide as part of the application process will only be used in connection with the administration of the funding and program request. Your personal and financial information will not be used by Jumpstart, Community Partners, or Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited for promotional, advertising, or any marketing purpose (without your explicit consent). Personal information will be used and disclosed only for the purposes identified in the Terms and Conditions that you agreed to at the beginning of the application, or as required by law or otherwise pursuant to Jumpstart’s Privacy Policy as outlined on jumpstart.canadiantire.ca. If any personal information is shared with third parties, these third parties are bound by appropriate agreements with Jumpstart to secure and protect the confidentiality of your personal information.
Do you provide tax receipts?

Do you provide tax receipts?

Donations over $20 will be tax receipted.