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REAL Program (Recreation Experiences and Leisure) 


The REAL program provides recreation and leisure opportunities to children and youth up to age 18 facing financial barriers to participation.  

Application deadlines: Summer: April 17 Fall: July 17 Winter/Spring: November 17  

Guidelines to Apply:

  1. Proof of residency must be provided to qualify for the REAL Program (must be a St. John’s resident). Please provide a document that matches the address on the application.  
  2. Proof of income for family required to determine eligibility. Notice of Assessment preferred (line 150). Contact REAL Program for other acceptable statements of income.  
  3. Applications are accepted seasonally and are processed in accordance to the deadline dates noted above.  
  4. Children/youth can access one activity each season. Separate application for each child and each season required. Applications are not held over from one season to the next.  
  5. This is a service for children/youth currently NOT participating in paid or funded recreation programs.  
  6. Resources and placements are limited and often in demand. If a child is placed in an activity, attendance is required. If the child/youth cannot attend or participate, the parent/guardian must contact the REAL Program.  
  7. If transportation or equipment is required, contact must be made with the REAL Program as soon as possible.
  8. If there are any days/times not suitable (that do not work) please include on the application.  

Here’s what to do:

  1. Complete application in full identifying the activity of interest.  
  2. Attach proof of residency & proof of income.  
  3. Sign the Authorization.  
  4. Email, mail or drop off application.  
  5. Applications that have questions or require assistance in completing this application contact 576-8684/4556 or email  
Mailing Address: REAL Program, City of St. John’s Division of Recreation P.O Box 908 St. John’s, NL A1C 5M2 

Drop off Locations:  
Access St. John’s, City Hall (10 New Gower Street)  
HGR Mews Community Centre (40 Mundy Pond Road)  
Paul Reynolds Community Centre (35 Carrick Drive)  
REAL Program (1 Crosbie Place)