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TIME™ programs across Canada have been interrupted due to COVID-19. We want to encourage our participants to continue to exercise and stay active while remaining at home. To help you find a routine that works for you, the TIME™ team has put together a list of exercise and wellness videos that are appropriate for people with mobility challenges. The selected videos work best for people who find it difficult to walk in the community and who use a cane or walker to get around. All these videos can be found online and are available free of charge.
To help you stay active, we've put together a resource list:
TIME™ Exercise and Wellness Videos for People with Mobility Challenges .
There are at UHN:
Together In Movement and Exercise (TIME™) is a community-based program welcoming people with balance and mobility challenges to exercise. Everyone needs to exercise – to keep fit, stay healthy and move with more ease. But not everyone feels comfortable going to a typical gym class. TIME™ is special because it was developed specifically for people with balance and mobility challenges to stay active in their community.
TIME™ is based on health care and community organizations working together to make exercise accessible and fun! The group exercise program is designed by physiotherapists at Toronto Rehab, and led by fitness instructors in numerous community centres across the country.
People with movement challenges are at risk of becoming less active and TIME™ puts them in motion to improve their health and well-being through exercise.
Participants in the TIME™ program experience balance and mobility challenges and are looking for a safe community exercise program. TIME™ participants may be living with:
To be eligible for the program, individuals must be able to walk at least 10 metres (30 feet) by themselves, with or without a cane or walker. This is roughly the distance to cross the street in a residential neighbourhood.
Join TIME™ at your local community centre, if you want to:
Click here to see the
Canada-wide TIME™ Program Listings or the
Greater Toronto Area (GTA) TIME™ Listings and discover if there is a location near you.
Program details at each location may differ, but the general schedule is as follows:
Jo's TIME™ Fund can help TIME™ participants who are in financial need by subsidizing registration fees and/or transportation costs. The TIME coordinator/instructor at your local site must apply on your behalf. Please speak to them directly if you need assistance in accessing Jo's TIME Fund.
Learn more about
Jo's TIME™ Fund and to make a donation.
TIME™ exercises are designed to improve balance and mobility. They strengthen muscles in the legs and core, and improve coordination, agility, and overall fitness.
The exercises look similar to activities that adults need to be able to perform in their daily lives. With a ratio of 1 staff for every 4 participants, each class starts with a seated warm-up and ends with a seated cool-down. In between, participants practice everyday activities such as:
The following videos demonstrate the program and portray the many benefits for participants:
Participants in the TIME™ program have experienced significant improvement in balance and walking ability, and reported the motivating benefits of exercising in a group class.
"Without any hesitation, without any exception and without any reservation, the
TIME™ program is by far the very best thing I have ever done… to enhance my physical, emotional, and personal wellbeing. And to top it all off, I find this unique program empowering, self-enhancing and, perhaps best of all, a lot of fun." —
Written by a
TIME™ participant who has had MS for 44 years
"There are many positive aspects to a program such as this, held in a convenient location, at our local Community Centre. It is a treasure. [My husband] is surrounded by people of all ages and sizes participating, by choice, in activities. There are babies swimming, and people walking and biking, and so on. It's a busy, happy place. For the past 10 years he has mostly been with disabled people. We are grateful for this program."—Written by the wife of a
Are you interested in joining a TIME™ program?
Find your nearest community centre using our
Canada-wide TIME™ Program Listings or the
Greater Toronto Area (GTA) TIME™ Listings and contact them for more registration information.
You DO NOT need a health care referral to register for a TIME program. Please call the contact person identified on the site listings to begin the registration process. The TIME coordinator for your site will do a telephone screening call with you to ensure that the program is a good fit for you.
For those in financial need, inquire at your local community centre for centre-specific subsidies.
If subsidies are not available at your local centre, Jo's TIME™ Fund may provide help with TIME™ program registration fees and/or the cost of transportation.
to experience the many benefits of exercise!
This page is for anyone who wants to learn more about the TIME™ program, especially fitness and health care professionals.
Individuals who would like to join TIME™ can self-refer to the program, but health care and fitness professionals can facilitate the process by providing them with a hard copy of
Canada-wide TIME™ Program Listings or the
Greater Toronto Area (GTA) TIME™ Listings, to help them contact the nearest community centre. For those in need of financial assistance to attend the TIME™ program, learn more about
Jo’s TIME™ Fund.
The step-by-step toolkit fully describes the process for setting up a TIME™ program and includes the Exercise Program and a multiitude of resources for implementation and training. The toolkit is entitled:
Howe JA., Brunton K., Catizzone, M., and Tse, D. (2019). Implementing a Community-Based Exercise Program for People with Balance and Mobility Challenges: A Step-By-Step Toolkit. University Health Network-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute: Toronto.
To obtain a TIME™ license
For implementation support, please contact
Facts About TIME™ provides more information and Frequently Asked Questions about the program. Please feel free to share this with your team, director or manager to explore the potential of setting up a TIME™ program in your community.
Participant and Caregiver Experiences with the TIME™ Program: A Qualitative Study, 2015
NEW for March 2020: The maximum subsidy amount for registration fees has increased to $135.00. Please note that the subsidy request form has been updated so kindly use only the
updated version .
The purpose of Jo’s TIME™ Fund is to help individuals in financial need to participate in a TIME™ program by fully or partially subsidizing his/her:
Jo’s TIME™ Fund is a small fund that relies solely on personal donations. Thus, while we will do our best to reimburse fully,
the Fund reserves the right to prorate the subsidy amount depending on capacity and demand for the Fund.
In addition, we also request that eligibility of the participant is further determined by the community centre and meets the following criteria:
Please fill out the Subsidy Request Form . The form will also provide you with additional helpful information.
Jo’s TIME™ Fund for more information and find out how to make a donation.
TIME™ at Home is a pre-recorded exercise program hosted by a live virtual facilitator. This 60-minute program includes a seated warm-up and cooldown, and 40 minutes of exercise done in standing, practicing movements used in day-to-day life. Exercises have been adapted from the classic in-person TIME™ program to be done safely at home. Opportunity for online social interaction is incorporated before or after each class.
For a quick peek into a TIME™ at Home class, view this 1-minute video:
TIME™ at Home is best suited for people with balance and mobility challenges, meaning that they may use a cane or walker to get around and find it harder to walk in the community but can walk 10 or more meters. This program is not suited for individuals who need help from another person while standing, walking, or getting up from a chair.
When following along to the exercise video, participants will need to self-pace and self-select the exercises that are at the right level for them. Participants will also need some basic equipment at home, including a sturdy chair for sitting, a hand support for balance (such as a countertop), and a non-slip step or target using items from around the home. Participants will also need an email address and reliable internet access in order to join the classes from their computer or tablet.
To join a TIME™ at Home program, please check back here frequently for updated listings.
The MS Society of Canada will continue to offer free drop-in classes to participants across Canada. Starting May 3, 2021, classes will be offered twice a week for 8 weeks. To register please
visit their website, or call the MS navigators at 1 844 859 6789.
The following sites will be offering TIME™ at Home programs for members of their communities. Similar to the classic in-person program, these sites will offer smaller class sizes so you will be able to get to know your fellow participants and facilitators while online. To learn more, email TIME@uhn.ca.
With this virtual delivery model
If you are interested in running TIME™ at Home, please view this 3-minute informational video about the license
To purchase the TIME™ at Home license, please click on the button below. If you have any questions, please email
Purchase the TIME™ at Home license
You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
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