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CPRA Webinar 

Supporting Wellness in Recreation through Healthy Food Environments
 Thursday June 16, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 pm EST

For more information and to register 


June Is Parks & Recreation Month

CPRA celebrates the month of June as Parks and Recreation Month. 
We take this opportunity to recognize the benefits of parks and recreation, and encourage Canadians to get out and be active in their communities. 


CPRA is encouraging followers on Twitter and Facebook, to show us how you recognize ‘June is Parks and Recreation Month’.  Post pictures to @CPRA_ACPL or to Canadian Parks and Recreation Association on Facebook, using #JPRM2016 over the month of June.  

All participants will be entered into a draw for the chance to WIN 1 of 3 - $50 Mountain Equipment Co-op gift cards to start your summer off right with new recreation gear!    Whether you are taking a walk in your neighbourhood, joining a softball game, participating in a fitness class or enjoying a picnic in the park we want to see your photos.  So get those cameras ready to take some pictures! 

Post your pictures all month long! 

Learn how June is Parks and Recreation Month is being celebrated in your region - visit the JRPM page. 

CPRA Applauds Liberal Government Investment in Recreation Infrastructure


Ottawa – The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) applauds the federal government’s financial investment in recreation through expanding the eligible categories of the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF) to include recreation.

The announcement is a much needed and welcomed contribution to the physical state of recreation places and spaces in communities across Canada.

The federal government announced that under the Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component of the NBCF, five new categories would be added as eligible  - this includes tourism, culture, recreation, passenger ferries services infrastructure, and civic assets and municipal buildings.

Read Full Press Release

Details on the NBCF and its administration can be found here.


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. 



CPRA Newsletter 

April 2016

  • Framework for Recreation in Canada
  • Canadian Parks Summit
  • Latest news from CPRA
  • Spotlight  - Tri-Territorial Recreation Training Project for Leaders Shares 2015 Arctic Inspiration Prize
  • Events 



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

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.



The Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015   

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.


  • 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 for your use. 
  • CPRA hosted a Webinar on the Framework on June 18th -  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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Canadian Parks and Recreation Association
1180 Walkley Road, PO Box 83069, Ottawa, ON, K1V 2M5
Tel: (613) 523-5315
E-mail: info@cpra.ca

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