How to Register for Programs

Weather Alert
February 10, 2016 - 4:20pm

The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton is issuing a Cold Weather Alert effective overnight into the early morning of February 11, 2016

HAMILTON ON – February 10, 2016 - The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton is issuing a Cold Weather Alert effective overnight into the early morning of February 11, 2016.  A Cold Alert is issued when current or anticipated weather conditions are at or below minus 15 degrees Celsius or minus 20 with wind chill.  

This alert will remain in effect until a cancellation notice is issued.

The City of Hamilton has notified community agencies who work with vulnerable and homeless people. Each of those agencies, including Salvation Army, will implement their policies and procedures with regards to cold weather. The City of Hamilton Recreation Centres are available during regular hours for those who need to keep warm and the MacNab Transit Terminal will stay open until HSR service ends.

Members of the public can report the location of a person in need of shelter to the Salvation Army at 905-527-1444 Ext. 0. 

For more information visit

Holiday Closures
February 11, 2016 - 9:41am

Family Day Monday, February 15 - What's Open & What's Closed

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Family Day, Monday, February 15

  • For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-2489.

Green Cart, Recycling and Garbage Collection

  • There will be no green cart, blue box, bulk waste, yard waste, or garbage pick-up on Monday, February 15.
  • Your pick-up will be one day later if it falls on or after the holiday.
  • Waste must be at the curb by 7 am.

To view your collection schedule, visit
Community Recycling Centres and Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, February 15.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Monday, February 15.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 for more details.


  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, February 15.
  • All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, February 15.
  • If passengers need to travel on this day, they must make an advance reservation to do so.

ATS customer service will be closed on Monday, February 15.


Hamilton Civic Museums

  • Dundurn National Historic Site, Whitehern Historic House & Garden, Battlefield House Museum & Park, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology will all be open on Family Day from 12 noon to 4 pm.  
  • The Children’s Museum will also be open from 11 am to 4 pm.
  • Hamilton Civic Museums will present special Family Day programming.
  • Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum and Griffin House will be closed.

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Hamilton Farmers' Market

The Farmers' Market hours are as follows:

  • Saturday, February 13 - 7 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday, February 14 - Closed
  • Monday, February 15 - Closed
  • Tuesday, February 16 - 8 am to 6 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All Hamilton Public Library locations, except Central Library and Turner Park Branch, will be closed on Monday, February 15 for the Family Day holiday.
  • Central Library and Turner Park Branch will be open from 1 to 5 pm, offering regular library services plus a range of family-friendly programs.
  • Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, February 16 for all library locations. Please visit for more information.

Public Health Services

For Public Health matters concerning:

  • Reports of suspected reportable diseases and food poisoning, call 905-546-2063
  • Reports of environmental spills, fires or other events that may be a health hazard or safety issue, call 905-546-2489
  • Reports of rabies animal exposures, call 905-546-2489
  • Safe Water Program issues that may be a health hazard, call 905-546-2489 or visit

Ontario Works

  • All Ontario Works offices will be closed on Monday, February 15, and will reopen Tuesday, February 16 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. West (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, February 15. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, February 16 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Sunday, February 14 and Monday, February 15.
  • For 24-hour Animal Services emergency issues, please call: 905-574-3433 or visit

Property Tax Payments

  • During the holiday, you may submit your property tax payment into a drop box at the rear doors of City Hall, 71 Main Street West or at one of our Municipal Service Centres.
  • All Municipal Service Centres will be closed on Monday, February 15, and will reopen on Tuesday, February 16. Please note that the deadline for the first installment of the 2016 interim tax bills, for those not paying through a monthly pre-authorized payment plan or through their mortgage company, is on February 29, 2016.

Municipal Service Centre locations:

Payments may also be made anytime by mail to:

The City of Hamilton
c/o Tax Department
71 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5

Parking Tickets

Payment of parking violations can be made by mail to the pre-printed address indicated on the parking tag or dropped off into the drop box at the nearest Municipal Service Centre or Taxation Division (noted above). The Hamilton Municipal Parking System office at 80 Main St. West, at Summers Lane, also accepts payments for parking violations at its drop box.

Traffic Violations

Pick your program(s)

Get started early! Browse the guide for courses and lessons before the registration period. Identify programs that:
  • Are interesting to you
  • Help achieve your healthy lifestyle goals
  • Meet the recreational requirements of a certification program (for example: the Red Cross Babysitting Course)
  • Children must be the required age for the specific program, or must have his/her birthday by the end date for the specific program. If they do not turn the required age until after the program ends, they are not eligible and registration will be denied.

The new Recreation Hamilton Guide (PDF, 19.1 MB) is an informative publication developed to promote healthy living through activity. Drop-in schedules are not included in the Recreation Guide.

Spring/ Summer Recreation Hamilton Guide and registration forms will be available Monday, February 29, 2016.

Submit your Spring/ Summer Registration Form with payment on or before Thursday, March 19, 2016 by facility closing time to be considered "on-time". Registration online through RecConnect is real time (immediate) and your best option for confirming space in your desired program(s).

Select your location(s)

Add in an adventure!

  • Look outside the convenience of your community.
  • Consider registering for programs offered in recreation centres located throughout the city such as North Wentworth Arena, Mount Hope Hall, etc.
  • Non-residents will be charged an extra fee of $13.50 (tax included) added to the total fee
  • All fees that are HST applicable, teaxes have already been applied

Choose your payment/ registration method

Accepted forms of payment

Full payment of program fees must be submitted at the time of registration. We accept Visa, Visa Debit and MasterCard for online registrations. You may also pay in-person with cash, cheque, credit card or debit card payments. If paying by cheque, make remittance payable to the "City of Hamilton." 

  • Individual cheques and Registration Forms must be completed for each family member in order to receive separate receipts. 
  • If a cheque is returned "Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF)," or is returned for any other reason, an administration fee of $31.67 (2015) will be added.
  • Patrons who do not reside in the City of Hamilton ("Non-Residents") are subject to a $13.50 (2015) surcharge per person (plus applicable taxes), per course.

Online registration (quick and easy method):

  • RecConnect Online Registration begins on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 7 am. Find your facility's registration day.
  • Immediate confirmation upon completion of registration. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    • New registrants - Obtain a FAMILY PIN and an Internet LOGIN ID:
    • Existing registrants - Locate your FAMILY PIN and test your internet LOGIN ID and PASSWORD at least one week before registration.

Drop-off registration (randomly processed):

  • Submit your Spring/Summer Registration Form with payment on or before Thursday, March 10, 2016 by facility closing time to be considered "on-time".
  • Forms received after March 10, 2016 will be considered "late". 
  • On-time forms are processed randomly on the registration date of the location where the course is running. Confirmation will be mailed to you within two weeks. 

We no longer offer telephone registration.


Family PIN, barcode or internet Login ID

If you have ever taken a City of Hamilton Recreation course, then you already have an Internet Login ID, and Family PIN. If you have not yet registered for a course you can Apply for a new account online or drop in any City of Hamilton recreation centre to apply. Please be sure to get your numbers before registration day, as it can take up to three business days to receive and process your request.

Forgotten Family PIN, barcode or internet Login ID

If you do not have an email address in your account profile, a staff person will be happy to update your account information and retrieve your Login ID and Family PIN for you. Contact us using one of the methods below:

Why was my registration not accepted?

On occasion, we receive a registration we cannot accept. Reasons why a registration would be declined:

  • The age of the child does not meet the program requirements
  • The payment amount is incorrect
  • The non-resident surcharge of $13.50 in not included
  • We are not able to read the form (poor handwriting)
  • Cheque was returned non-sufficient funds (for which there is a $31.67 charge).

The Government of Canada allows a non-refundable tax credit based on eligible fitness expenses paid by parents to register a child in a prescribed program of physical activity. For more information about the Children’s Activity Tax Credit, visit Canada Revenue Agency's website at

If you did not receive your tax receipt for recreational activities call the Customer Contact centre at 905-546-2489 or email