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

About the Program

This two-year diploma program prepares you to deliver exciting recreational activities that help local communities, public and private organizations, and groups such as older adults, youth, and persons with disabilities. You will gain hands-on experience working in partnership with community groups, local boards of education and non-profit organizations.

With exposure to key professional practices, such as physical literacy, leadership and management, business skills, facilities management, community development and program development, you will be well prepared to develop programs and activities for municipalities, not-for-profit groups, and private organizations.  Graduates from this program are eligible for transfer credits into the Bachelors of Therapeutic Recreation degree. This program offers significant credit transfers that allows you to earn this four-year degree within 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)