We believe all Ontario students should have the right to learn and safely participate in outdoor winter physical activities.
Schools on Snow – Ontario is passionate about getting Ontario kids engaged with organized outdoor activity in our natural environment. We recognize that there are barriers and challenges in accessing the outdoors for many school communities, students and their families. This can range from educators’ lack of confidence in teaching outdoors, shortages of time, resources and support, and accessibility within and beyond the education sector. We are continuing our learning at Schools on Snow to better support school communities to help students and their families enjoy the benefits of the outdoors, along with experiencing new winter activities.
We encourage educators to speak with their local resorts about their specific needs prior to booking a school trip. Our consultative teams are happy to assist with creating the perfect experience for you and your students.
Check out some additional resources and supports that are available to help provide opportunities for ALL!
School trip funding Ontario Ministry Of Education
The Ontario Ministry of Education provides funding for school trips under the Experiential Education and Outdoor Education allocations.
Additionally, Ontario’s recently released Plan to Catch Up cites a full school experience, including extra-curricular activities, such as school trips as a priority for the 2022/23 school year.
Ontario Track3 Adaptive Sports Association is a volunteer powered charitable organization enabling kids and youth with disabilities to discover their confidence, develop their talents and achieve their physical potential through the freedom of snow sports. There are nine host locations, more than a dozen programs, and two regional affiliates in Kitchener and London, Ontario
Winter fun for all. Skiers with all types of disabilities can hit the slopes with many adaptive equipment options: sit-skis, outriggers, long poles and snow sliders to name a few, and even guide skiers to accompany downhillers who are visually impaired. Whether it be slalom, downhill, super G, snowboarding or a leisurely day on the slopes with family or friends, a supportive community awaits.
Canadian Adaptive Snowsports purpose is to give people living with disabilities the opportunity to eliminate barriers that have prevented them from experiencing the joy and freedom of snowsports. There are 8 CADS Ontario programs operating across the province. CADS Ontario partners with the hill operators/owners to provide skiing opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.
Daytrippers Children’s Charity aims to remove financial barriers and enable enriched learning opportunities for in-need children across Canada. Daytrippers provides funding to help elementary students in lower-income and remote communities to experience learning opportunities from recognized educational and cultural institutions to help unlock their full potential.
The Jays Care Foundation Winter All-Star Award Program is designed to celebrate and support students with access to winter coats and snow pants. They work directly with schools and boards to create programs that are responsive to community needs. School boards should reach out to Jays Care to discuss partnership and support opportunities for students in their district.
Chill Toronto operates year-round with snowboard and skateboard programs for youth from 11 to 19 years old. They work with various schools and agencies to provide board sport programs with all associated costs covered and barriers to participation removed. Positive Youth Development best practices ensure participating youth build resiliency through targeted lessons and challenging physical activities.
Jumpstart helps kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in an effort to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities. Sometimes, families need financial assistance to get their kids into a sport or physical activity. We’re committed to helping all families access a range of activities, from boxing to bowling and skating to skiing, and more.
With a one-time application fee of $29.99 kids can ski & snowboard for free across Canada! The SnowPass benefits include:
A province-wide initiative by the Ontario Snow Resorts Association (OSRA) in partnership with the Canadian Ski Council to expand access to Ontario’s snow resort activities to all students. To support educators and students with school trips we are providing Ontario curriculum-aligned lesson plans, links to education initiatives and strategies/resources for removing barriers to access.
Ontario Snow Resorts AssociationP.O. Box 575, Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 4E8Tel: 705-443-5450 | Email: [email protected]
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