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Parks for All Consultations Open

February 22 – March 31, 2017

Join the parks and protected areas community across Canada in providing feedback and input on Draft #2 of Parks for All: A Strategic Framework

The parks and protected areas community, co-led by the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) and the Canadian Parks Council (CPC) has been working since 2015 to develop a Parks for All Strategic Framework and to engage the broader community in its design and implementation.  This framework is intended to build on a shared vision, define guiding principles, strategic directions and priorities, and implement a bold and coordinated strategy for Canada's network of parks and protected areas.

There are several ways to engage and provide feedback.

1.  Provide responses in an online survey

2.  Look for meetings and discussion groups hosted by organizations associated with the Strategic Framework (National Advisory Committee list on the last page of the Framework)

3.  Host a meeting to gather input using the Parks for All Facilitators’ Guide

4.  Attend the 2017 Canadian Parks Conference in Banff from March 8-11, 2017


Here are all the documents and links to support your engagement!

•       Draft #2 of Parks for All: A Strategic Framework

•       A Backgrounder on the Parks for All initiative

•       Parks for All Facilitators’ Guide to support group consultation sessions

•       Online survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ParksforAll


 For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Heather Stewart, Sage Transitions at sagetransitions@gmail.com or 250-212-6960 (text or call).


CPRA Webinar on Parks for All

If you missed out on the Webinar the recording is now available. 

Canadian Parks and Recreation Association presented a Webinar
Parks for All – Let’s act to ignite a Vision for Canada’s network of parks,
from local community to national parks!

Date: Wednesday February 15, 2017

Presenters: Murray Kopp, Chair of CPRA Parks Task Group
Dawn Carr, Executive Director, Canadian Parks Council

In 2016, Parks leaders from across the country were mobilized to collaborate on a vision for Canada’s parks system. Learn about the development of “Parks for All” and how to engage in the process during an upcoming consultation period!


Canada's first Professional Development Certification for recreation and parks professionals and practitioners is now open for registration.

CPRA Professional Development Certification - Announcing the First Program Graduate

CPRA PDC is the country’s only national training program tailored to recreation and parks practitioners. The certification phase includes the completion of two online courses, and a knowledge presentation in front of a panel of judges.

Read the full story

Register for the CPRA PDC

From the date of registration to the program, participants have two years to complete two certification courses and deliver a knowledge presentation to a panel of peers. Visit www.cprapdc.ca/certification/ for more information on the certification process.



 ParticipACTION 150 PlayList

150 play list logoTo celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, we’re creating the ParticipACTION 150 Play List – the ultimate list of all the physical activities that make us Canadian. Challenge yourself and your friends to complete them all throughout 2017 for the chance to get active and win a trip for three to Whistler, an appearance on TV, or even a new car! Over 100 events will be taking place from coast to coast, so everyone has a chance to get moving, try something new, and prove how Canadian they really are!

Sign up online, get active and check off as many Play List activities you can for chances to win some great prizes.




April 21, 2016

As the first gathering of its kind, the Canadian Parks Summit mobilized leaders from across the country to pioneer a collaborative vision for Canada’s parks system, from local community open spaces to national parks.

The event, held from April 11 to 14 in Canmore, Alberta, hosted over 190 decision-makers in the sector, including senior parks managers, academics, NGOs, indigenous leaders, and representatives from all levels of government. The summit was co-chaired by the Canadian Parks Council and Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, who collaborated with a country-wide National Advisory Committee including delegates from 24 organizations.

Using a “Parks for All” workbook and four commissioned papers as background, attendees participated in workshops, bringing their diverse views to one table. The discussion produced 175 pages of input on the future of our parks system.

Read more in the full release. 


The Framework for Recreation in Canada    

CPRA will continue to play a lead role with the ISRC, by forming an Implementation Steering Committee, which will be comprised of members from CPRA, government officials, academics, sector representatives and students.   CPRA will also develop tools and resources which will assist communities in implementing the Framework.

Implementation of the Framework will begin in earnest now that the Ministers have offered their endorsement. Governments, communities and organizations working in allied sectors will be invited to apply the Framework to their own policies, practices and procedures in a manner and timeline that works best for them.

CPRA is pleased to see the Board of Directors of the Canadian Federation of Municipalities has also endorsed the Framework at their recent Board Meeting - see adopted resolution.



  • Purchase a hard copy of the Frameowrk for Recreation in Canada  $12.00 per copy.  Please contact info@cpra.ca for more information. 
  • Share information about the Framework for Recreation in Canada with your colleagues, staff and sector partners  -- CPRA has created a PPT presentation english and French for your use. 
  • CPRA hosted a Webinar on the Framework  -  the webinar recording is now available.  Check it out.
  • One page Summary of the Framework for Recreation


What is the Framework for Recreation?

Since 2011, CPRA has been co-leading with the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council (ISRC) the development of A Framework for Recreation in Canada. The Framework will provide a new vision for recreation and suggest some common ways of thinking about the renewal of recreation based on clear goals and underlying values and principles.    A Summit was held in Toronto in November 2014 bringing together recreation leaders from across the country.  Read the Summit Synopsis.  


Advertise with CPRA - A Great Way to Reach a National Audience

When it comes to the promotion of healthy communities and enhancing the quality of life and environments for all Canadians through collaboration, Canadian Parks and Recreation Association is the organization that works to achieve this.

The relationship we have with our audience is like having one-on-one discussions.  Why not join our discussions today? CPRA has three distinct ways for you to tap into their extensive network of parks and recreation specialists, advocates, volunteers and participants!

Learn about our Advertising Opportunities


On-line Resources

The Leisure Information Network is the home of the National Recreation Database - a source of over 10,000 practical resources for recreation, parks, and healthy living practitioners, available for download free of charge. The LIN site also offers news and events, program success stories, activity ideas and a weekly ebulletin.  



The Active After School Hub is a website intended for practitioners and decision-makers within the after school sector.The site is a place where community members will be able to find the resources to help deliver active after school programs, engage with a community of their peers, and advocate for better programs and greater public access to them.

The Northern Links website is the first stop for First Nations, Inuit and Métis recreation practitioners. The site  will help provide culturally relevant and physically engaging opportunities for your community. There you will find news, events, resources, leads to funding sources, and recreational program ideas and activities to support you in your work. The Sharing Circle listserv will connect you to other recreation practitioners in Aboriginal communities across the country.


The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) is a national organization dedicated to realizing the full potential of parks and recreation as a major contributor to community health and vibrancy.  Membership includes the 13 provincial and territorial parks and recreation associations and their extensive networks of service providers in over 90% of Canadian communities. 

CPRA collaborates with a host of other national organizations operating in the recreation, physical activity, environmental, facilities, sport, public health, crime prevention and social services arenas.

Over the course of its 60-year history, CPRA has become a credible and strong national leader in our sector.  In addition to our advocacy on the benefits of parks and recreation, we provide our members with the information, resources and the professional development they can use to make a difference in their own community.  Through broad-based community involvement, we find solutions to social challenges, influence policy direction and generate momentum towards community quality of life.

CPRA is a registered charity.








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