There are a number of different programs to help with the cost of hockey. Most applications must be submitted prior to the program's start date
The Every Kid Every Community program was launched in 2011, with the goal of ensuring a gateway to play hockey for any child in Alberta who is interested in the sport. The goal is to provide every child in Alberta the opportunity to play hockey, have fun and, in many cases, experience the sport for the first time.
PLAYER ASSISTANCE GRANT: Financial support to current or new players looking to play the game of hockey who may not otherwise have the opportunity to do so because of financial hardship. The purpose of the grant program is to retain and increase the number of young hockey players in Alberta.
Founded in 2005, Jumpstart Charities helps kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in an effort to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities.
*UPDATE* The Oilers community foundation has partnered with Kidsport to have approved applicants have their entire registration fee payed and access to no cost equipment from Sport Central
OMHA will consider hardship applications from those applicants who have completed an application with Kidsport. If Kidsport determines an applicant has genuine financial hardship OMHA will contribute to 50% of the balance of registration fees not contributed to by Kidsport. All hardship applications must be received by the registrar of OMHA prior to September 1st of the current season, and approved by the president, registrar and treasurer. The maximum allocation of fees to be contributed OMHA in any season shall be $2,000 which shall be distributed amongst all eligible applicants.
The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund was created in response to the many families experiencing financial challenges as a result of COVID-19. The goal of the Fund is to help Canadian youth access hockey and return to the game they love.
With more than $1 million dollars in funding available for the 2021/2022 season, the Assist Fund will provide up to $500 per player in registration fee subsidies to approved applicants who are registered with a Hockey Canada-sanctioned association.