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4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Diploma
Recreation & Environmental Studies

About the Program

This two-year diploma program provides you with exciting recreational activities and effective delivery methods to ensure your participants feel rewarded and uplifted. You will be involved with hands-on community initiatives and partnerships with local boards of education as well as police, nonprofit organizations and municipalities.

With exposure to key professional practices such as business, facilities management, community development and program development, you will be well prepared to develop programs and activities for communities and organizations. Graduates from this program are eligible for transfer credits into the Bachelors of Therapeutic Recreation degree. You can receive significant credit transfers that allow you to complete this four-year degree in only three years.

Work Experience

Optional Work Term

You will have the opportunity to complete a paid or unpaid optional work term in a professional setting over the course of a semester. In programs with limited work term opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment is required. Additional fees are required. 

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options within:

  • Recreation centres, fitness clubs or health spas
  • Non-profit service agencies
  • Residential centres
  • Retirement residences
  • Community colleges
  • Therapeutic recreation centres
  • Correctional services

Related Careers


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Business strategies for public, private and entrepreneurial sectors
  • Community initiative and non-profit involvement

  • Outreach and engagement strategies

  • Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) student membership
  • Physical Literacy and Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS)