Volunteering within Community Recreation is a great opportunity to help develop and apply new skills, connect with the community, meet new people and bring fun and fulfillment to your life.

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities in Community Recreation. Participate in an opportunity that best suits your interests. Some opportunities include:

  • Coordinator or organizer (e.g. Older Adult programs)
  • Program support (e.g. Swimming or camp programs)
  • Special events

These volunteer opportunities can be used towards the 40 hours of community service required for high school graduation. It is the responsibility of the volunteer to keep records of volunteer hours earned and complete and turn in any school forms related to volunteering.

Not all community recreation centres offer volunteer opportunities. Contact your local community recreation centre to find out what volunteer opportunities exist in your area.

Before volunteering, individuals are required to:

  • fill out a community volunteer intake form or event volunteer registration form
  • complete the Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information form provided by staff and obtain a satisfactory result from a Vulnerable Sector Screening (if applicable)
  • show Government identification consisting of legal name, photo and birth date. Youth under the age of 18 may use a student card to meet the photo requirement
  • participate in one or more orientations

Don’t miss out on a volunteer opportunity. The Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information form (if applicable) can take several months for Toronto Police Services to process so be sure to fill it out in advance of the volunteer opportunity of interest.

Contact a community recreation centre for more information.

To volunteer within Community Recreation you must be at least 14 years of age.

The City of Toronto promotes a safe, welcoming, positive and inclusive environment where people are valued and respected.

Volunteers must at all times:

  • be respectful and act professional
  • show proper regard for City of Toronto property and the property of others
  • take directions and follow instructions given by City staff
  • follow policies, procedures and legislation as outlined in the volunteer orientation

The Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information form (if applicable) must be completed and signed by all applicants (regardless of age or ability) in order for a Vulnerable Sector Screening to be processed.

Toronto City Council has authorized the use of Vulnerable Sector Screenings as an assessment tool when assigning volunteer activities to individuals. The City of Toronto will process (at no cost to the volunteer) Vulnerable Sector Screenings for volunteers that live in Toronto.

For individuals living outside of Toronto, the local police service must be contacted directly and fees will not be reimbursed by the City of Toronto.

If you have questions or simply wish to make suggestions for improvement, contact onsite staff or pfrvolunteers@toronto.ca.