Financial Assistance (Markham Waxers)

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We recognize that it can be expensive to play hockey. We want to ensure that every child who wants to play hockey has the opportunity to play hockey. There are organizations in Ontario which assist children to play organized sports such as hockey such as those listed below. Please contact them first if you need financial assistance. If you need assistance filling out the forms, please let us know—we can help. Once you have been awarded assistance through one of these programs, please contact us to complete registration.


The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund is back, giving young Canadians and their families an assist with registration fees. There was an incredible response to the launch of the Assist Fund in 2020, and we are happy your local hockey association received a portion of the funding that ultimately gave 1,032 kids an assist. We have over $1 million in funding to give kids the opportunity to play hockey this year and we can’t wait to start the season.

It will provide up to $500 per player in registration fee subsidies to approved applicants registered with a sanctioned Hockey Canada association.

Financial eligibility for the Assist Fund is based on the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) guidelines from Statistics Canada, which are an integral part of our application process. CLICK HERE for more information and to apply.

MinorHockeyFoundationOntarioLogo.jpgMinor Hockey Foundation of Ontario Financial Subsidy Program

In 2000 the Ontario Minor Hockey Foundation (OMHF) was created to support minor hockey players in the Province of Ontario. The Financial Subsidy Program provides financial assistance to minor hockey players who are currently experiencing difficulty raising enough funds to participate in the game.

  • All requests can only be made for players aged five to seventeen years old
  • No application will be considered unless all necessary documentation is received in full. The President of the local minor hockey association or governing body will be notified if there are any missing documents.
  • Any applicant will play one of four levels of hockey: House, Local, Select/Minor Development League and Representative.
  • Each grant will not exceed $300
  • Financial assistance will vary depending on each case
  • Financial subsidy cheques will be issued to the applicant’s local minor hockey association or governing body.

Download the Minor Hockey Foundation Ontario Registration Subsidy Application form

JumpStartLogo.jpgCanadian Tire Jumpstart Program

Canadian Tire JumpStart is a community-based charitable program that helps kids in financial need participate in organized sports and recreation activities such as hockey.

  • Applicants must be 5 to 18 years old
  • Funding up to $300 per child is available
  • A maximum of one program per child is allowed per season
  • Funding is available for different members of the same family during the same season
  • Approval is dependent on the financial situation of each child as determined by the JumpStart Committee

For more information, contact Marsha Mariani, Program and Outreach Coordinator, City of Markham, at 905-477-7000 ext. 3930 or [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions about Jumpstart.

Apply to the Jumpstart program.


KidSportOntarioLogo.jpg KidSport Ontario

Provides financial assistance in the form of a grant to an athlete between the ages of 6 and 18, to help him or her pay for registration fees and/or purchase equipment. Grants range in value from $50 to $250, and may be applied towards the participation in any sport activity that is affiliated with the sportalliance. KidSport funds are meant to complement, not replace, existing recreation or social services funding for participation in sport.

  • The KidSport grant covers up to $250 per child, per calendar year, to go towards registration fees and personal sports equipment.
  • Children 18 years old and under qualify for KidSport funding.
  • Applications must be submitted 45 days prior to activity start date.
  • The KidSport Ontario grant covers organized sports that are instructed by qualified coaches and that represent a sustainable sport experience.

Visit the Kidsport Ontario website.

YYCP_150.pngYes, You Can Play! Program

The Waxers may be able to provide additional financial assistance through the Yes, You Can Play! (YYCP!) program. We require a family to be accepted by one of the programs above before asking for financial assistance through the YYCP! program. We are a volunteer organization and rely on these organizations to review an applicant’s financial situation. Once approved by one of these organizations, contact us if you still need additional assistance.

Please contact the Waxers Registrar for more details. Your inquiry will be kept confidential.