Recreation and Leisure Services

Algonquin College
Program overview
2 years
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025
Algonquin College

About this program

Recreation and Leisure Services

The two-year Recreation and Leisure Services Ontario College Diploma program prepares you to pursue a career programming in recreation facilities, parks and the community by promoting and advocating the benefits of active, healthy living through positive recreation and leisure activities.

Experience the fun, exciting and growing recreation and leisure services field. As a student, you complete more than 300 hours of valuable field placement which, provides on-the-job training and experience in the industry.

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Admission requirements

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are passionate about working in a community environment with a focus on helping people explore their leisure interests.
  • Enjoy a hands-on approach to learning about the sports and leisure service industry.
  • Are intrigued by planning, designing and implementing recreation programs and special events for a variety of people.
  • Enjoy leading others in leisure activities that foster camaraderie and personal well-being.
  • Are outgoing and inspirational.

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic)Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with a minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening 20; Speaking 20; Writing 20.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Communications I
  • Leadership and Group Dynamics I
  • Recreation and the Environment
  • Program Development I
  • Introduction to Fieldwork
  • Recreation and Human Development
  • Fitness in Recreation
  • Introduction to Recreation

Level: 02

  • Report Writing for Recreation
  • Risk Management and Legal Issues
  • Field Placement I
  • Field Placement Seminar I
  • Technology in Recreation
  • Program Development II: Inclusive Recreation
  • Leadership and Group Dynamics II
  • Sociology of Leisure
  • Financial Management

Level: 03

  • Community Development
  • Field Placement Seminar II: Career Planning
  • Program Development III: Trends in Recreation
  • Therapeutic Recreation: Older Adults
  • Program Administration
  • Marketing
  • Field Placement II
  • Choose one from equivalencies:
    • General Education Elective

Level: 04

  • Ethics and Values in Recreation
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Field Placement Seminar III
  • Field Placement III
  • Special Events
  • Facilities Management
  • Choose one from equivalencies:
    • General Education Elective

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Develop, implement and evaluate inclusive recreation, leisure and wellness programs and events for individuals, groups and communities which respond to assessed needs, interests, abilities and that use available resources and incorporate best practices.
  2. Apply administrative and customer service skills to support the delivery of recreation, leisure and wellness programs, events and services.
  3. Analyze, develop and implement marketing strategies to reach diverse individuals, groups and communities for programs, events, services and facilities using current communication technologies.
  4. Contribute to the development of fiscally sustainable and responsible recreation, leisure and wellness programs, events and services using current and relevant principles and practices of business, finance and social entrepreneurship.
  5. Supervise, lead and support the development of staff and volunteers involved with recreation, leisure and wellness programs, events and services.
  6. Apply safety and accessibility practices to the efficient operation and administration of recreation and leisure facilities and settings.
  7. Promote the benefits and values of recreation, leisure and healthy active living and recommend inclusive programs, events and services to individuals and groups.
  8. Apply community development strategies which engage citizens and community partners while advocating for healthy communities.
  9. Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development as a recreation and leisure services professional.
  10. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Career paths

Graduates may find employment as recreation programmers, event planners and program coordinators in municipal recreation departments, volunteer and community agencies, social service agencies, hospitals, therapeutic recreation agencies, retirement or long-term care facilities, resorts and tourism areas.

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Algonquin College

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Algonquin College

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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