Registration for City of Toronto 2023 summer CampTO programs starts tomorrow, Saturday, February 11 at 7 a.m. CampTO programs begin on Tuesday, July 4 and run throughout the summer.
This year, the City is offering over 85,000 spaces in 156 locations providing a variety of camp types, including traditional day camp experiences, active games, dance, drama, music, arts and crafts and indoor, outdoor and nature-based activities. Programs are adapted, to support participants in need of additional support. The City is the largest provider of recreation programs for people of all ages, skill levels and interests.
New this summer, the City will introduce CampTO Explore, a traditional day camp experience with the benefit of an excursion to a popular Toronto attraction. Destinations will differ for each camp location and will be confirmed before the start of each session.
The City’s 2023 Budget is investing more than $13.7 million in CampTO, part of the $488 million that Toronto is investing this year in the Parks, Forestry and Recreation operating budget. The 2023 Budget will also fund $235.6 million in parks and recreation capital projects.
The quickest and easiest way to register for CampTO is online. Residents can find program and registration information on the City’s CampTO webpage.
For in-person registration support, five community centre locations will be open on February 11 from 7 a.m. to noon:
Residents who need help preparing for registration can call 416-396-7378, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday, February 10, the call centre will be open for extended hours, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Residents need a family and client number to sign up for CampTO and are encouraged to have them ready before registration day. To get a client and family number, residents can set up a new account or retrieve their existing numbers online or by phone.
The City’s recreation programs are popular and many have waitlists. If registrants are unable to attend their registered program, they are asked to contact their local community centre or call the customer service line at 416-396-7378 to cancel their booking, so that a spot can be offered to someone else.
The Welcome Policy credit can be used to register for City recreation programs, including CampTO. Those who receive social assistance (Ontario Works) and live in Toronto are pre-approved to receive this credit and should speak to their caseworker or can apply online. Toronto residents with a before-tax total family income below the low income cut off (LICO) threshold may also apply for the Welcome Policy by visiting the City’s Welcome Policy webpage.
The City continues to hire for all recreation positions, including camp counsellor/playground leader, lifeguards, gatekeepers, specialty camp instructors and special needs program staff. More information about positions and upcoming information sessions is available on the City’s Recreations Jobs webpage.
“I know Toronto youth and families look forward to Toronto’s summer camps every year, and I encourage them to sign up for CampTO programming that will take place in just a few months. From arts and crafts to outdoor pursuits, there are so many wonderful opportunities available to youth in our city to have fun, learn, and grow through the summer.”
– Mayor John Tory
“Building a habit of lifelong learning starts early. Summer is one of those critical times when we can offer our young people engaging and relevant CampTO programs through opportunities that blend fun with learning while creating an impactful experience.”
– Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park), Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee
“CampTO is offering a wonderful selection of programs this year. Campers will have opportunities to connect with nature, express their creativity through music and dance, explore popular Toronto attractions and so much more! I encourage families to register early and give their kids the opportunity to follow their passions while exploring our great city.”
– Councillor Shelley Carroll (Don Valley North), Chair of the Economic and Community Development Committee
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Note: revision was made to second paragraph on February 10, 2022 at 10 p.m., replacing “approximately 78,800 spaces” with “over 85,000 spaces” to reflect updated totals.