How to Register for Programs

Holiday Closures
September 3, 2015 - 10:09am

Labour Day September 7, 2015 - What's Open and What's Closed?

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Labour Day, Monday, September 7, 2015.

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

Green Cart, Recycling and Garbage Collection

  • There will be no green bin, blue box, bulk waste, yard waste, or garbage pick-up on Monday, September 7.
  • Pick up will be one day later than your regularly scheduled collection day.
  • 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, September 7.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on a Sunday/ Holiday Schedule on Monday, September 7.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 for more details.


  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, September 7. All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, September 7. 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, September 7.


Hamilton Civic Museums

  • Dundurn National Historic Site, Whitehern Historic House & Garden, Battlefield House Museum &, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, The Hamilton Military Museum, Fieldcote Museum and Griffin House will be closed, Monday, August 3.
  • The Hamilton Children’s Museum reamins temporarily closed for renovations.

For more information about Civic Museums, please visit

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre (Lister Building, 28 James St. N.) will be is open Saturday, September 5, Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7 from 11 am to 3 pm.

Hamilton Farmer’s Market Hours

  • Friday, September 4 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, September 5 - 7 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday, September 6 - Closed
  • Monday, September 7 - Closed
  • Tuesday, September 8 - 8 am to 6 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All branches of the Hamilton Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 7 for Labour Day.
  • For more information on library hours, please visit:

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-CITY (2489)
  • Reports of rabies animal exposures, call 905-546-3500
  • Safe Water Program issues that may be a health hazard, call 905-546-CITY (2489) or visit

Ontario Works

  • All Ontario Works offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, and will reopen Tuesday, September 8 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. W (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, September 7. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, September 8 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7.
  • For 24-hour Animal Services emergency issues, please call: 905-574-3433.

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, September 7, and will reopen on Tuesday, September 8.

The locations are:

  • Ancaster: 300 Wilson Street East (map)
  • Dundas: 60 Main St. (map)
  • Flamborough: 7 Innovation Drive, First floor (map) New - temporary location
  • Glanbrook: 4280 Binbrook Rd. (map)
  • Stoney Creek: 777 Hwy. 8 (map)

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 Violations

Online payments can be made at:

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 (see addresses above) 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

Online payments can be made anytime at:

The Provincial Offences Administration Office at 45 Main St. East, 4th Floor, Suite 408 (John Sopinka) Court House will be closed on Monday, September 7

Pick your program(s)

Get started early! Browse the guide for courses and lesssons 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.

Submit your Fall / Winter Registration Form (PDF, 356 KB) with payment on or before Thursday, August 20, 2015 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, August 24, 2015 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 Fall / Winter Registration Form (PDF, 356 KB) with payment on or before Thursday, August 20, 2015 by facility closing time to be considered "on-time".
  • Forms received after August 20 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-CITY (2489) or email