The Sector places significant value on its volunteers who play a vital role in the ongoing implementation of programs, services, administration, emergency response, technology support, training, public relations, and maintenance. According to the Measuring Impact report, sport, physical activity, and recreation are powerful agents of social transformation, contributing an estimated $13.6 billion annually through volunteerism alone.

As Canadians participate in programs – whether in-person or online, indoor or outdoor – and crises continue to arise, the need for volunteers remains high, but comes at a time of unprecedented shortages. Not only does this shortage affect recreation and parks, but also partners in allied sectors such as sport and culture. It will be important for the recreation and parks sector to continue to promote its opportunities as rewarding, challenging, fun, and essential to the fabric, culture, and health of the communities in which volunteers themselves live, work, and play.

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