We are excited to welcome back our members and the community after months of being closed. Due to the current circumstances with COVID-19 we are introducing programming and activities slowly to ensure everyone’s safety. We appreciate the patience and the continued patience as we navigate through our new normal. Prior to your return, please read our Rules of Engagement here.


Our mission is to encourage people of all ages and abilities to engage in active and healthy lifestyles by delivering stimulating programs, fun activities and exceptional customer service.

Code of Conduct

The City of Welland provides opportunities for citizens of all ages to participate in activities that promote active and healthy lifestyles. All passholders and visitors are expected to exhibit positive behaviour at all times and adhere to the following rules designed to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all:

  1. Respect the dignity and spirit of all members, visitors and staff.
  2. Refrain from using alcohol or illicit drugs.
  3. Refrain from using abusive or foul language.
  4. Refrain from causing bodily harm to self, other participants or program staff/supervisors.
  5. Refrain from damaging equipment, supplies and facilities.
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Committed to delivering diverse and accessible recreation programs

It is my pleasure to present Welland residents with the 2020 Fall Wellness Guide Online.

Due to COVID-19 some of our programs and activities are not currently available. However, we remain committed to delivering diverse and accessible recreation programs and services which reflect our commitment to promoting and enabling healthy lifestyles and community belonging.

We have all worked hard to achieve the quality of life which comes with living in this great City. Keeping active is an excellent way to feel good and stay healthy. So whether it’s getting active, being creative we encourage your participation.

I wish to express my gratitude to the staff of the Recreation and Culture Division along with the many volunteers and community organizations. I commend your dedication, commitment and continued support which contribute to a positive quality of life for our residents, and makes Welland a great place to live, work and play.

Stay informed with what is happening by checking our website at www.welland.ca/RecCulture/index.asp and follow us on Facebook.

Please stay safe and healthy.

Frank Campion, Mayor

Mayor's Youth Advisory Council

Our vision is to enhance the quality of life, health and well-being for youth in their community. We coordinate events for the youth as well as volunteer in the community and encourage other youth to do the same. Volunteer for our events and earn community service hours.

Youth Friendly Community

The City of Welland is proud to be recognized as a Youth Friendly Community by the Play Works Partnership. This designation acknowledges the city’s commitment to ensuring youth (ages 13-19) have access to a diversity of ‘play’ (play being anything a young person does in his/her free time including sport, recreation, arts, volunteerism, leadership development). playworkspartnership.ca/

Youth Innovations

Youth Innovations is a youth drop-in centre that offers a variety of services, programs and activities for youth ages 13-18. The centre offers a big screen TV with Wii, XBOX and various games, 3 computers including a MAC with internet access and design software, leather couches, a reading lounge, a pool table, ping pong table, air hockey and basketball net. The centre is located at the Seaway Mall, 800 Niagara Street, 905-735-9009. At this time Youth Innovations is currently CLOSED until further notice.

Neighbourhood Associations

Wellness For All is a financial assistance program that is designed to assist those with limited financial resources to participate in programs offered by the Recreation and Culture Division.

Criteria for Receiving Funding
  • Applicants must be a resident of Welland
  • Must demonstrate a financial limitation
  • Funding must be available in the applicant’s age bracket to be considered
  • Completion of an application form and follow-up interviews are required
Enrich Lives – Make a Donation

The Wellness For All Financial Assistance Program relies on generous donations from community groups, local businesses and individuals to operate successfully. All donations are matched dollar for dollar by the City of Welland. 100 percent of donations made go directly to residents of Welland through the Wellness For All program. Charitable tax receipts are available upon donation.

For information regarding the Wellness For All Financial Assistance Program or to book an appointment, call 905-735-1700 ext. 4000

Available Community Funding

KidSport Provides assistance to local children 18 years or younger, who are facing financial barriers preventing them from joining organized sport.
P 905-708-7364
w kidsportniagara.ca
e shari@kidsportniagara.ca

ProKids Supports participation of eligible children and youth (0-18 years) in the sport, recreational or cultural activity of their choice.
p 905-984-6900 or 1-800-263-7215 ext. 3797
w niagararegion.ca

Jumpstart Financial assistance for children ages 4-18 to participate in organized sports and recreation programs. Grants cannot be awarded in conjunction with other subsidy programs.
p 905-788-0744 (Hope Centre)

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Wellness Complex Amenities

The Welland Community Wellness Complex offers unique membership for people of all ages and abilities. Your membership includes access to many amenities that will keep you entertained and learning for hours. Drop-in and discover your niche with an inclusive membership.

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These rooms are supervised and overseen by the Community Recreation Coordinator (Billiards, Library, Computer Lab) and the Arts and Culture Coordinator (Woodshop). The coordinators reserve the right to alter, add, remove, combine equipment, or create programming in any of the below-mentioned areas of the Wellness Complex. Age restrictions may apply.

Therapy Pool

Due to Covid 19 the Therapy Pool will remain closed for the Fall session

The Therapy Pool accommodates ten people comfortably and is an excellent resource for those who are recovering from an injury. The Pool is accessible by ramp, stairs, or personal lift assist.

Billiards Room

Due to Covid 19 the Billiards Room will remain closed for the Fall session

Ages: 14 and up (16 and under must be accompanied by an adult) The billiards room has three pool tables, cues, chalk, and scoreboards. The billiards room is ideal for a drop-in game with friends. Additional amenities in the billiards room include seating areas, two dart boards, and a CD player.


The Woodshop is now open

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am to 2pm

Ages: 18 and up Take that old piece of oak and bring it to life in our woodshop. This is the room where inspiration is stirred and friends are made. The woodshop features a compound saw, a belt sander, a stationary radial arm saw, two belt/disc sanders, a grinder, an oscillating spindle sander, a jointer/planer, a band saw, a table saw, a drill press, a scroll saw, a router table, and an assortment of hand/small power tools. The woodshop is fully ventilated and features a vacuum inverter, which eliminates dust and wood debris from the air. The maximum capacity of the woodshop is two (2) persons. All woodshop users must hold an active Wellness Pass and have completed the mandatory orientation. All woodshop users must be accompanied by a buddy who has also completed the orientation.

Woodshop Orientation run from 10am to 12pm on the following dates:
Wednesday, October 14
Wednesday, November 4
Wednesday, November 25
Wednesday, December 16

Computer Lab

Due to Covid 19 the Computer Lab will remain closed for the Fall session

Ages: 14 and up (13 and under must be accompanied by an adult) The computer lab is a cozy place to get connected with the cyber-world. The computer lab is an ideal location to broaden your computer literacy, complete homework, or just surf the web.


Due to Covid 19 the Library will remain closed for the Fall session

All Ages The library has over 100+ catalogued books and several seating areas. The library is a great spot to enjoy a book alone, or with friends.