Who we fund is simple: Kids. Kids who want to get active. Kids who want to learn a new sport or activity. Kids who want to keep up with a sport or activity they already enjoy. But these kids just need a little extra financial help to get their name on the roster.

Kids aged 4 to 18 from families in financial need can receive funding to help with registration fees, equipment and/or transportation.

Jumpstart Funding Criteria

How do we determine if a family requires our help? Families must meet financial need criteria in order to qualify for Jumpstart funding. Jumpstart recommends following Revenue Canada’s Low Income Cut-offs (LICOs) which are based on a family’s size, the size of their community and the total family unit income (before tax).

View the LICO chart here

To see if your family meets the financial need criteria to qualify for Jumpstart funding, here’s how to determine where your total family unit income (before tax) falls within the LICO table:

  • Find your community size across the top.
  • Find the size of your family unit down the left-hand side.

Where the column and row meet is the LICO for the family unit size in the community.

A kid’s life can be enriched through physical activity but that doesn’t mean it comes without a cost. And sometimes families need a little help to get their kids involved. For thousands of Canadian families, Jumpstart is the help they need to get into the game. 


Jumpstart knows that physical activity isn’t just about soccer fields, ice rinks, karate mats and baseball diamonds. Physical activity is the key to what we fund. The list is long (more than 70 activities!) and every kid can find something they would like to do for the love of play. A variety of sports, dancing, swimming, martial arts and community programs are on the list. Even Girl Guides and YMCA memberships can be funded by Jumpstart.

If you are thinking of applying for a sport/activity for your child that is not listed below, you will be prompted during the application process to contact your local Community Partner to determine if Jumpstart funding can be used.

Only one sport or activity is covered for each application. 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.

The Big Play Funding is provided to support registration and/or equipment costs associated with child or youth participation in a season of Minor Hockey.

Funding is up to $500/per child, subject to Jumpstart’s other funding maximums and/or local demands.


  • 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