What are the costs involved in Guiding?

Guiding is a place where girls and young women can challenge themselves, put their ideas into action, take part in an amazing range of activities, and gain the skills to confidently navigate their world. They do this all in a safe and supportive environment that welcomes every girl and encourages her to be everything she wants to be.

Membership fees

The membership fee helps to make Guiding possible for your daughter/ward. It helps support the development of cutting-edge girl programming, screening and training our volunteers who deliver the programs, insurance coverage for activities, and fees for renting meeting spaces. To see how much your daughter/ward’s membership fee will be, find a group near you.

Uniform

Girls wear their uniforms to weekly meetings and to represent their group in community events. To buy a uniform, visit our online Guiding store.

Other Costs

There may also be other fees associated with activities taking place in your daughter/ward’s group throughout the year such as outings, events with other groups in Guiding, sleepovers or camps. Speak to your daughter/ward’s group leader to learn more about planned activities and related costs.

GGC Membership Fee Subsidy Program

We want every girl to have the chance to be a part of Guiding. Girl Guides of Canada is proud to offer a membership fee subsidy program to help making Guiding accessible to more girls. You can apply for financial assistance with the membership fees directly through our girl registration website! (Look for the “Apply for Subsidy” button on the payment page).

You will need the following information on hand when you apply:

  • The number of family members living in your home, including yourself
  • Your estimated annual family income before taxes

You will be asked a few short questions and the system will instantly let you know if you are approved. All approved subsidy amounts will be deducted automatically from your daughter/ward’s membership fee at checkout. You’ll be prompted to pay the remaining balance using Visa, MasterCard, or PayPal to complete her registration.

Please note: The GGC Membership Fee Subsidy Program currently covers the membership fee only.

Other options for financial support

There are also a variety of funding providers that may help you access financial support for costs related to your daughter/ward’s participation in Guiding (including membership fee support, camp or activity costs, uniform fees, etc.).

Some examples of third-party agencies that can provide financial support are :

  • Jumpstart
  • ProKids
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • Local community, youth services, and recreation funds

Note: Third-party subsidy agencies may vary by community or by province.

If you are receiving financial subsidy from a third-party agency for your daughter/ward’s membership fee, please contact us at info@girlguides.c a or 1-800-565-8111 for registration assistance. Our Customer Care Centre team  is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time, Monday to Friday.

We are unable to hold space in a group for your daughter until you speak to a Girl Guides representative and we sort out the payment of your membership fee. 

Your province may also offer additional financial assistance for uniforms or other costs. You can contact info@girlguides.ca or 1-800-565-8111 to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions about Subsidy

I was approved for subsidy last year – do I need to apply again?

Yes – subsidy is not carried-over from previous year. A new application is required for each year of registration.

Do I have to apply for a fee subsidy separately for each girl I am registering?

No, only one subsidy application is needed per family per Guiding year! The approved subsidy amount will be applied to all girls within the same family, even if they are registered on different days.

Note – If a girl is already registered, and then a subsidy application is approved online, subsidy is not applied retroactively.

Can I apply for subsidy if my daughter is already registered?

If you want to apply for subsidy, please click “Apply for Subsidy” on the payment page before you complete payment. This way we can automatically apply the subsidy to your account and you then only need to pay the remaining balance for any girl on your account who is not already registered.

What if I already registered one girl without subsidy, but I want to apply for subsidy for my second daughter?

You are welcome to apply for a subsidy when you are registering your daughter, even if you have already registered another daughter without subsidy. Any approved amount will be automatically applied to all unregistered girls on your account. You will see the subsidy applied when you proceed to the payment page after selecting a preferred unit.

My subsidy application was not approved but I still require financial assistance – what do I do?

If your subsidy application is not approved, you can request a reassessment of your application. Click “Request Reassessment” after you complete your online subsidy application and follow the prompts. You will receive an email with instructions to begin the reassessment process. When you request a reassessment after selecting a group for your daughter, the system will automatically hold your daughter’s space for five business days to allow a member of our team to reassess your application.

A reassessment can only be completed before payment.

I was approved for subsidy, but I would like to request more financial assistance – how can I do that?

If your subsidy application was approved and you would like to request more financial assistance, you can request a reassessment of your application online (see instructions in question above). You can also contact us at info@girlguides.ca or 1-800-565-8111 to discuss alternative payment options.

I don’t need to apply for a subsidy, but I’d like to pay in installments. How can I do this?

The girl registration website requires payment of the membership fee in full (or minus any approved subsidy) at the time of checkout. Please contact us at info@girlguides.ca for assistance with installment payments.

Note – We are unable to hold space in a group for your daughter until you speak to a Girl Guides representative and we sort out the payment of your membership fee.

I don’t have a credit card or a PayPal account; is there another way to pay the membership fee online?

The girl registration website can only accept payments for the membership fee by Visa, MasterCard, or PayPal. Please contact us at info@girlguides.ca or 1-800-565-8111 for assistance with your daughter/ward’s registration.

Note – We are unable to hold space in a group for your daughter until you speak to a Girl Guides representative and we sort out the payment of your membership fee.

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