P.R.O Kids verifies need through the following means:
One or more eligible references (e.g Social Worker, Case Manager) verify that the family is in financial need and would be unable to afford the cost of their child's activity without P.R.O. Kids assistance.
and / or
The combined income of all adults in the home is below the Statistics Canada Low-Income Cutoff (LICO):
Size of Family Unit
Income (Pre Tax)
For each person over 7, add
If the household income is above the LICO, a family may still qualify for financial assistance if there are other mitigating circumstances: e.g. recent loss of employment, death of family member, separation or divorce, bankruptcy, house fire, serious illness, long term disability, foster care, referral from a social worker or physician for therapeutic reasons, etc.
I Live Outside Of P.R.O. Kids Service Area, Can I Still Apply?
At this time, P.R.O. Kids is only available to Residents who are living within the municipal boundaries of Saint John, Quispamsis, Rothesay and Grand Bay-Westfield.
If you live in a Local Service District (LSD) in Greater Saint John you have a few options.
Petition your LSD council to assist with the administrative costs of making P.R.O. Kids available to the residents of your LSD
P.R.O. Kids was started in 2002 in the City of Saint John only. In 2005 due to demand, the Common Council's of Quispamsis, Rothesay, and Grand Bay-Westfield agreed to start contributing toward the administrative costs of making P.R.O. Kids available to their residents in financial need.
P.R.O. Kids will support children involved in registered, sports, arts, cultural or recreation programs. Click herefor a list of programs where P.R.O. Kids regularly places children and youth in Greater Saint John
Absolutely! P.R.O. Kids is a municipal program of the City of Saint John. The City of Saint John is considered to be a Qualified Donnee by the CRA. As such, all donations made to P.R.O. Kids are eligible for a tax receipt. 100% of the administrative costs for P.R.O. Kids are covered by the Municipalities of Saint John, Quispamsis, Rothesay, and Grand Bay - Westfield. This ensures that 100% of all donations to P.R.O. Kids are used to help kids in financial need.
P.R.O. Kids is completely confidential. P.R.O. Kids Staff, the organizer of the activity, and possibly the coach or leader will know that you have applied for P.R.O. Kids help; no one else will know. We ask that this information be kept confidential so your child can participate as any other child would.
Yes, you may apply once per season (4 times per year) for a child.
P.R.O. Kids will only handle 1 active application per child at a time. Parents cannot submit multiple applications for different seasons for a single child all at once. In the interests of fairness to all applicants, parents must wait until their application has been processed by P.R.O. Kids and their child has been placed in a program before submitting another application.
Each application requires at least 1 reference. A Suitable reference is someone who is is familiar with the personal and financial situation of the applicant. A reference must be able verify that the applicant is in financial need and requires assistance from P.R.O. Kids.
The reference(s) must be an adult who knows the parent or child, is not a friend or family member, and who is active in the community.
Example: Social Worker, Teacher, Case Manager, Coach, Clergy, Physician, Group Leader, Guidance Counsellor, Police Officer, Boss, Lawyer, etc
If the applicant has difficulty finding a reference, P.R.O. Kids staff can offer additional suggestions.
Sometime a family keeps their personal situation very private, and does not share their financial situation with anyone who would be considered an objective reference. In this case, the parent may submit their most recent notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency for each adult living in the household.
Yes, applications should be received before application deadlines. Applications received after deadlines are still processed, but may not be processed in time for your child's program start-date. Every family who applies to P.R.O. Kids is presumed to be in financial need, so we operate on a first-come first-served basis. Deadlines are based on historical application volume.
An application must be received by a seasonal deadline in order for it to be considered.
Applications received after deadlines are considered applications for the season afterward. E.g. If a parent submits their application for a Fall Activity (Basketball, Football, Hockey, etc) in September (Well After the May 31st Deadline for Fall)
P.R.O. Kids will still attempt to place late applicants in the program of their choice, but realistically, the application will most likely be considered for the following season.
Even If the child has missed their program due to late submission, P.R.O. kids will still place the child in an activity of their choice when they come to the top of the waitlist.
E.g. If a parent submits an application for swimming in the spring too late, P.R.O. Kids may end up placing that applicant in swimming lessons in the summer.
P.R.O. Kids Contacted me and Approved My Application. When Do I Need to Apply Again?
Unless told by P.R.O. Kids Staff, you must re-submit an application for each season. Applications do not automatically carry over from season to season.
E.g. If your child has been approved for swimming Lessons in the Winter, you would need to submit a new 'renewal' application if you want your child to take swimming lessons in the Spring. 'Renewal' applications (where you want your child to take the same activity in the following season) are processed more quickly, but families are still asked to get in applications by the deadline.
You must always submit a new application if your child is wanting to switch to a different activity than the one they are currently approved for.
E.g. if your child was approved for Baseball in the Summer, you must submit a new application if you want them to play Football in the Fall.
Positive Recreation Opportunities for Kids is operated by the City of Saint John