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The No One Left Behind Program

In 2007, Scouts Canada announced the No One Left Behind program in an effort to ensure that every youth is provided with the opportunity to experience new adventures with a local Scouts Canada program. Through No One Left Behind, membership fees and related costs are subsidized for youth from families facing economic barriers.

Every young person deserves to experience the world of adventure, friendship and self-development that Scouting offers. With your support for No One Left Behind, we can prepare even more youth — both male and female — across the country for future success.

No One Left Behind has grown considerably since it launched. The program was expanded in 2011, to include the funding of uniforms, outdoor equipment and camping experiences, through the Participation Grants. No One Left Behind continues to offer Membership Grants to youth across Canada and we are pleased to state that last year alone, Scouts Canada funded over $500K worth of NOLB subsidies.

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Membership Subsidies (registration fees)

How to Apply

Applications for the No One Left Behind registration subsidy are now submitted during the registration process and are processed immediately. You can register your youth in Scouting by visiting When all of the members that you wish to register in Scouting appear in the My Family section, please select the Apply for Subsidy button to process your NOLB application.

Submit Your Request for NOLB

Statistics about No One Left Behind

4,388 youth supported.

Over $1 Million spent.

About Membership Subsidies

No One Left Behind was established in 2007 to ensure that no child is denied a Scouting experience due to financial hardship. A basic financial needs test will be applied, with need determined based on information disclosed by Scouting families under an honour system.

After submitting your request you will be asked to advise on your household income and family size. This information will be factored into a financial needs test. The needs test will apply Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) metric that is updated annually.

LICO is used by many service providers and levels of government to determine recreational subsidies. LICO calculates financial need based upon a family’s size (number of family members) and household income.

An exception process will be established and managed by No One Left Behind Service Centres to ensure that youth are not denied a Scouting experience should unique circumstances exist.



All applications are confidential and only the No One Left Behind Service Centre is aware of the name and personal situation of all applicants. Funding provided is relative to this application only and does not a guarantee future funding. Please re-apply annually.

Participation Subsidies

No One Left Behind Participation subsidies are provided to offset the cost to youth and their families of participating in Scouting activities. Examples include the cost of purchasing uniforms, program materials, outdoor equipment and camp fees.

Groups requiring financial assistance for program-related expenses can now apply for the new Scouting year, starting on January 1st, 2021.

Participation Subsidy Form

Former Process New Process (Sept. 2018)
No One Left Behind Participation subsidy applications submitted to Service Centres for Council approval. No One Left Behind Participation subsidy applications submitted directly to the Scouts Canada National Service Centre
No recommended request amount per individual applicant. No One Left Behind Participation subsidies provided up to $200 per individual applicant. Applications exceeding this limit require additional approval.
Cheque mailed to Group for approved subsidies. Funds transfer made to Group bank account for approved subsidies.


Respect In Sport for Activity Leaders — Scouter Subsidy

Scouters may be eligible for a subsidy to cover the cost of the Scouts Canada’s mandatory child and youth safety course, Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders (RIS).

To apply for the subsidy Scouters can email The Help Centre will review the application and determine if the Scouter is eligible for the subsidy. If the application is approved the e-learning course will be added to the Scouter’s David Huestis Learning Centre profile.