Awards & Bursaries

CPRA Awards

The Awards listed below are presented to individuals/organizations/corporations (including a municipality or government agency/department) who have demonstrated a high level of commitment, passion and leadership on a national level to the parks and recreation sector.

CPRA encourages you to consider nominating an individual or organization for one of these prestigious national awards. The nomination process is simple and fast.

Read the awards eligibility and submission guidelines

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Download our nomination form

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Learn more about the various awards available below, or for more information please contact [email protected] or your local Provincial or Territorial Parks and Recreation Association.

CPRA Award Recipients 

The CPRA Awards Program recognizes the following:

  • Efforts of individuals/organizations/ community groups/ corporations in each province and territory who have influenced the parks and recreation sector in a local, regional and/or national capacity. Applications are accepted all year.

  • Long-term service and commitment of individuals to the parks and recreation sector on a national scale in Canada. Deadline for applications is March 15th.

  • Sector partners (organizations/corporations /governments) whose collaboration, creativity, and innovation, enrich individual health and community well-being and enhance Canada’s parks and recreation community. Deadline for applications is March 15.

  • The importance of supporting and celebrating young Canadians, as they are the future leaders of the parks and recreation sector. Deadline for applications is March 15.

Harry Boothman Bursary

The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) has launched a bursary program to assist parks and recreation professionals financially in the pursuit of professional development in the sector.

This Bursary was established to honour the contributions of Harry Boothman to the parks and recreation sector. Harry was a Parks Supervisor for the City of Calgary, CPRA Board Member and long-time supporter of the organization. Harry believed in the need for actions that support the continued development of the field. Establishing this bursary, in support of Professional Development within the sector, is a tribute to Harry’s vision and dedication.

Applications will be accepted from Parks and Recreation practitioners with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience and currently working full-time in the sector.

This year, up to $6,000 in bursaries will be awarded, with no more than $2,500 per bursary.

Professional development opportunities must begin within the timeframe of April 1, 2024 and March 31, 2025. The professional development opportunity must be completed no later than March 31, 2026. Retroactive Professional Development opportunities will not be supported.

Deadline for submissions is March 15th.

Download the application form

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Download follow-up form

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All applications should be submitted electronically to: [email protected]