Recreation and Fun

Recreation Program

IL Recreation Programming is developed within a PEER model. 

The intent is that everyone participates as an individual and shares within the group to make each group member that much better.

What is a Peer Group?

The way in which ILRC views the term "Peer" is simple:  A peer is an equal and we are all equals.  The ILRC's Peer Group in an inclusive, creative and fun way to get social.  Each month we offer a variety of events and activities that will give you, our peers, the opportunity to build on existing relationships while forming new friendships...and you might even learn something too!  The ILRC staff provide a welcoming and exciting environment.  We look forward to seeing you here!

Who can Join?

If you are over the age of 16 with a disability and you are looking to join a great group of people then we want you!

What is the cost?

Ideally, there is no cost associated with being involved with our Peer Group. There may be times when outttings are planned that will require a small fee to cover only the cost of the outting. We will typically seek free and/or ecconomic outtings, and often cost-share with participants.  Unless otherwise specified, there is no cost for support workers.

What does the Peer Group do?

At ILRC Thunder Bay, we are constantly hosting a variety of events and activities with our participants.  There is something for everyone!!
Do you love to cook? Then come out for one of our food and culinary themed activities. Are you a budding artist? Then join in on some creative events and get inspired!

What's Going On At Your ILRC?

Your ILRC has many fun, exciting and educaitonal events happening every month. We are peer driven and this means that ILRC staff facilitate activities or outings that interest you!  If you have a safe, fun and creative idea, please feel free to tell us!  All activities, events and workshops are open to all participants of the Centre.  Many participants take on a roll of 'Volunteer' within our peer model, and help others.  We endeavour to host events that are ACCESSIBLE and INCLUSIVE to all and provide a safe, comfortable, REAL environment at all times.

Registering for Activities and Events:

Please make sure that when required, you register for events and activities we host.  There is often a cost for us to purchase materials and it helps us best use our resources if we only purchase for those who have registered.  All activities hosted at ILRC are FREE TO PARTICIPANTS unless otherwise stated specifically.


Your ILRC does not have the capacity to provide transportation to recreation programming.  Participants are required to provide thier own transportation to and from all recreation programming.  At times, ILRC staff will arrange the use of Thunder Bay City Transit, and participants and staff will use the city bus together as a group - but individuals are expected to pay for their own use of transit.

Independent Living, Independence and Safety:

All participants are welcome to attend any of our recreations programming, but please understand that the staff of ILRC are not personal support workers and will not provide you with any of the types of supports a support worker is responsible for.  If you require supports while attending any of our programs or events, please ensure that you have those supports when your attend our programming.  Your support staff are expected and encouraged to participate in our programming to ensure that YOUR experience is as Independent as you want it to be.  Support workers are expected to ensure that the participant they are providing services to are having their needs met at all times while also ensuring that the environment is kept positive for all other participants. 

  • ILRC expects that all participants will be respectful of themselves, all others and the ILRC facility when attending the Centre.
  • ILRC plays no role in transportation needs - You are expected to have your transportation requirements in place and in accordance with the scheduled times for drop off and pick up.
  • ILRC plays no role in the coming or going of participants.  Participants that are attending our programs are welcome to leave the ILRC premises as they wish.  If you are not in a position to leave the ILRC on your own - you should be attending with a support worker to ensure your safety.
  • ILRC has no guarantee that you will have fun.  You should only register for activities you are in fact interested in.  The activity that is scheduled to take place is the ONLY activity planned for that time.  If you have chosen to attend an activity, you will be expected to participate in that activity and not be disruptive to those that are participating.