How to Register for Programs

July 21, 2016 - 12:31pm

Hamilton Fire Department Issues Open Air Burning Ban - July 21, 2016

HAMILTON, ON – July 21, 2016 – Due to current dry weather conditions coupled with the continued forecast of extreme temperatures with no appreciable rain in the near future, the Hamilton Fire Department has issued an immediate ban on all open air burning in the City of Hamilton.  This ban suspends all approved Open Air Burning Permits.

More information and details about the ban.

Holiday Closures
July 27, 2016 - 12:33pm

Civic Holiday Monday, August 1 - What's Open & What's Closed

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Civic Holiday, Monday, August 1

  • 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, August 1.
  • 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, August 1.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on Sunday/Holiday service hours on Monday, August 1.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 or visit for more details.


  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, August 1.
  • All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, August 1.
  • 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, August 1.


  • Recreation Centres, Seniors Centres and Arenas will be closed on Monday, August 1.
  • Seniors Clubs will be open.
  • Wading Pools will be closed on Monday, August 1, with the exception of Dundas Driving Park and Gage Park sites. 
  • Norman Pinky Lewis Recreation Centre and outdoor pools (with the exception of Birge) will be open on Monday August 1 on a modified holiday schedule.
  • For more information, visit Civic Holiday Outdoor Pool Schedules

Hamilton Civic Museums

  • All museums will be closed on closed on Monday, August 1.

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Hamilton Farmers' Market

The Farmers' Market hours are as follows:

  • Sunday, July 31 - Closed
  • Monday, August 1 - Closed
  • Tuesday, August 2 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Wednesday, August 3 - Closed
  • Thursday, August 4 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Friday, August 5 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, August 6 - 7 am to 5 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All Hamilton Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, August 1 for the Civic holiday.
  • Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, August 2 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, August 1, and will reopen Tuesday, August 2 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. West (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, August 1. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, August 2 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1.
  • 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. Only cheque payments will be accepted in the drop box.
  • All Municipal Service Centres will be closed on Monday, August 1 and will reopen on Tuesday, August 2.
  • Tax payments can also be made online or through telebanking, set up through your financial institution.

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, 19.9 MB) is an informative publication developed to promote healthy living through activity. Drop-in schedules are not included in the Recreation Guide.

Submit your Summer Registration Form with payment on or before Thursday, June 9, 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 $13.80 (tax included) added to the total fee
  • All fees that are HST applicable, taxes 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 $32.30 (2016) will be added.
  • Patrons who do not reside in the City of Hamilton ("Non-Residents") are subject to a $13.80 (2016) surcharge per person (plus applicable taxes), per course.

Online registration (quick and easy method):

  • RecConnect Online Registration begins on Monday, June 13, 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 2016 Summer Registration Form (PDF, 592 KB) with payment on or before Thursday, June 9, 2016 by facility closing time to be considered "on-time".
  • Forms received after June 9, 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 $13.80 in not included
  • We are not able to read the form (poor handwriting)
  • Cheque was returned non-sufficient funds (for which there is a $32.30 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