The Big Play is a joint program between Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and the Hockey Canada Foundation, which gives kids aged four through 18, the opportunity to play organized hockey. For kids, the opportunity to play hockey is about more than getting active: sports equip kids for life by teaching important skills like courage, confidence and teamwork. All kids deserve the chance to learn, grow and have fun with their peers, and through The Big Play, we are giving more kids that opportunity.

Before you start the application, take a quick read of the information below. There are a few questions that you’ll need to answer and information that you should have in-hand before you begin the process. 


In order to qualify for funding, you’ll need to answer “yes” to the following questions? 

  1.   Are you the parent or guardian of the child that would like to play? 
  2.   Is that child between the ages of 4 and 18? 
  3.   Have you checked to confirm that you meet our financial needs criteria? Click here for more information on the guidelines.

Typically, it takes two months to process an application. It’s important that you contact your local Hockey Association and confirm that it will hold a place for your child while your application is being processed. Jumpstart will provide the funding directly to the Hockey Association and cannot reimburse a parent or guardian that paid before the application was approved. 

If you did answer “yes” to all the questions above, you’ll need to have the following to complete the application: 

 1. Your contact information (name, postal code, telephone number and email address).
 2. The first name, last name, gender and birth date of the child.
 3. The amount that you are requesting from Jumpstart 
 4. Proof of financial need. Any one of the following can be used: 
  1.        An income assessment
  2.        Prior year T4 statement
  3.       Three consecutive pay stubs
 5. The name of the Hockey Canada League / Association running the program.
 6. The details of the hockey program in which your child would like to participate

The Big Play provides funding of up to $500/per child, subject to Jumpstart’s other funding maximums and/or local demands and applications will be approved on a first come, first served basis. 
Once you complete the process, you will be notified by email if your application has been approved. Until you receive an email indicating that the funding has been approved, please consider the submission as a request for funding only. 

If you have questions, please email or you can also call 1-844-Yes-Play. 

The Jumpstart team