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City of St. John’s – Recreation Division

Department of Community Services

PO Box 908, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5M2

Tel: (709) 576-4556 or (709) 576-8684


Fax: (709) 576-2308


Mandate: To provide recreation and leisure opportunities through the provision of program and financial assistance to as many children and youth as possible who are unable to participate in registered activities due to financial circumstances.

Target Population: Children and youth up to age 18 who are not currently participating in other paid or funded recreation programs

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

  • The REAL Program is a service that matches and provides funding for children with one organized, registered recreational activities of their choice. The City of St. John’s, Division of Recreation provides all staffing and administrative related expenses so that 100% of all donations and funds raised go directly towards supporting children and youth.
  • REAL Activities Include: Art, Music, Dance, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Martial Arts, Skating, Gymnastics, Swimming, Hockey, etc.
  • Click here for the REAL program Application. All applications must include a copy of the most recent Notice of Assessment.
  • Notice of Vacancies: The City of St. John’s invites applications for representatives to serve on the REAL Program Fundraising Committee for a two year term. Please refer to the City of St. John’s website for details here.