Recreation Experiences and Leisure (R.E.A.L. Program)

Recreation Experiences and Leisure (R.E.A.L. Program)

Recreation Experiences and Leisure (R.E.A.L. Program) / Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Thank you to Canadian Tire Jumpstart who provided funding for sneakers to help children and youth in our community get active and participate! R.E.A.L Program staff were able to purchase over 100 pairs of sneakers to give to local agencies and individuals with these funds. Pictured below, the Association for New Canadians accepts sneakers on behalf of the individuals they support.

The R.E.A.L Program thanks Canadian Tire Jumpstart for being a major partner and helping to provide recreation opportunities for kids in our community! 

REAL Canadian Tire Jumpstart logos


R.E.A.L. Purpose
The R.E.A.L. Program and Canadian Tire Jumpstart are working together to provide recreation and leisure opportunities to children and youth in financial need. It matches children and youth, up to the age of 18, with organized recreational activities of their choice.

R.E.A.L Vision
That all children and youth in the City of St. John’s are able to participate in recreation and leisure activities which help boost their self-esteem, promote healthy active living and support personal growth through increased knowledge and skill development.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

List of possible Sport and Leisure Activities offered through the R.E.A.L./Candian Tire Jumpstart Program:

Art Drama Outdoor Soccer
Indoor Soccer Swimming Fitness Passes
Gymnastics Taekwondo Music
Basketball Dance Skating
Power Skating Scouts/Beavers/Cubs Bowling
Fencing Softball Baseball/T-Ball
Hockey Summer Camps Easter Camp
Gals Program Indoor Rock Climbing Golf
Karate Kickboxing Tennis
Irish Dancing Guides/Brownies/Pathfinders Judo
Youth Leadership    

Please Note: These are only suggestions of the types of programs offered through the R.E.A.L. If you have other requests not on our list please feel free to list the activities and we will consider your request.

Application and Deadlines
Applications must be submitted by the deadlines for each season. Given the high volume of applications each season, the R.E.A.L./Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program cannot guarantee placements until the process is complete. Late applications may not be approved.

Summer programs: April 17
Fall programs: July 17
Winter programs: Nov. 17

A reference must be provided on each application. An application will not be held over from one season to the next if the child is not initially placed. Incomplete applications will be returned to applicant. First time applicants must provide proof of residency.

R.E.A.L. Program Information

  1. Applications will only be processed in accordance to the deadline dates.
  2. Children/youth can access one activity each season.
  3. This is a service for children/youth who are not currently participating in other paid or funded recreation programs.
  4. The parent/guardian is responsible for ensuring the child attends the program.
  5. If transportation or equipment is an issue, contact must be made with the R.E.A.L. Program as soon as possible.
  6. If the child/youth can no longer participate, the parent/guardian must contact the R.E.A.L. Program.
  7. This service is offered to City of St. John’s residents only. Proof of residency must be provided to qualify for the R.E.A.L Program. This can be in the form of a drivers licence or a utility bill.
  8. Non-residents may apply directly to the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program. For more information call 709-576-6972.

It's R.E.A.L. Easy

1. Choose an activity of interest.
2. Fully complete the application form available online.

Applications are also available at:

  • H.G.R. Mews Community Centre, 40 Mundy Pond Road
  • Crosbie Building, 1 Crosbie Place
  • Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre, 47 Gleneyre Street
  • Shea Heights Community Centre, 130 Linegar Avenue
  • Kilbride Lions Community Centre, 34 Fahey Street
  • Southlands Community Centre - 50 Teakwood Drive
  • City Hall, 10 New Gower Street

3. Applications can be dropped off at the above locations or mailed/faxed to:

R.E.A.L./Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program
City of St. John’s
P.O. Box 908
St. John’s, NL A1C 5M2

Fax: 709-576-2308

For more information on the R.E.A.L. Program, call 709-576-8684, 709-576-4556 or 709-576-2574 or email: