Programs, classes and lessons

Proof of vaccination or a valid exemption is now required to enter recreation centres. Find full details on our COVID-19 page.

On this page

  1. Registration dates
  2. Find a program
  3. Register online
  4. Register in person
  5. Registration policies

Registration dates

Winter programs start in mid-January, registration date as follows:

  • December 8 for all programs
  • On-going: Pre-registered drop-in registration (pickleball, swimming, skating)

Find a program

There are two ways to find available programs:

Register online

ActiveWaterloo is our website for program registration and payment. You have to create an account or sign in to register and pay.

A credit card is required. Visa and Mastercard debit cards are also accepted.

Register and pay online

Registering in person

Registering in person is available at three locations:

Registration policies


Withdrawals are based on programs:

  • single day program - 14 calendar days prior to the program date

  • camp programs - 14 calendar days prior to first program date

  • registered weekly program - prior to the third class

  • leagues teams - prior to communication of the game schedule

  • leagues free agents - prior to the first game

Withdrawals for medical reasons are subject to a 10% administrative fee and may require a medical note and approval by a program supervisor.

For more on withdrawals, view our program withdrawal policy (PDF).


Transfers between programs can be requested if:

  1. made before the third class of the original program
  2. space exists in an alternate program and both are within the same program session

Program transfers after the third class are subject to the program supervisor's discretion.


Refunds are pro-rated and subject to an administrative fee of 10%. Cheque refunds of $25 or less are only available as credit on an account.

Account credits

Account credit is prorated and subject to an administrative fee of 10%. Credits can be used for any City of Waterloo facility rental, program registration, FitPass, or pay as you play fee. Credits are not transferable to another customer.