Sports, Fitness & Active Living

Children's Fitness Tax Credit

The Federal Government created the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit to cover eligible fees up to $500 for enrolment in a physical activity program, effective January 1, 2007. The purpose of this credit is to facilitate access by children and youth to physical activity and recreation programs, as a means of helping them maintain a healthy active lifestyle.

PDF Document Children's Fitness Tax Credit Brochure

What kinds of programs are eligible for the credit?
The credit applies to supervised children’s programs that have a significant physical-activity component, where participation over time can be reasonably expected to result in improved fitness, particularly cardio-respiratory endurance, as well as muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and balance. The programs must run for either a minimum of eight weeks duration with a minimum of one session per week or, in the case of children's camps, five consecutive days.

Qualifying physical activity programs should encourage children to strive towards at least:

  • 30 minutes of sustained moderate to vigorous physical activity per session for children under 10, or
  • 60 minutes of sustained moderate to vigorous physical activity for children 10 and over

More information can be found at

Additional Credit Available for Children with Disabilities
Children who are eligible for the disability tax credit can qualify for the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit up to the age of 18 years (up from 16 years). The Children’s Fitness Tax Credit introduced a separate $500 non-refundable amount for disability tax credit eligible children, subject to spending a minimum of $100 on registration fees for an eligible program. This additional amount recognizes the extra costs that children with disabilities encounter in becoming involved in programs of physical activity, notably with regards to specialized equipment, transportation and attendant care.

Programs that may Qualify
The City of Richmond has created a list of programs that may qualify for the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit based on the definition by the Federal Government. Please click on the link below for a list of these programs.

PDF Document Programs that may qualify for the Children's Fitness Tax Credit

Obtaining Receipts
The City of Richmond provides receipts for registration of all programs and lessons at time of payment. Please retain these receipts for your records.

To replace a lost or misplaced receipt, visit and follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the grey box – “Recreation Program Online Registration” to take you to Program Registration
  2. Click on the “My History” tab at the top of the page
  3. Enter your Client number and PIN number
  4. Choose “All Classes”
  5. Print the applicable receipts

PDF Document Frequently Asked Questions

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