CPRA Update - A Journey to Address Systemic Racism and Discrimination

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Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) is committed to promoting equitable access to participation, education and employment in the parks and recreation sector; inclusion is a key pillar of the Framework for Recreation in Canada and vital to optimizing the impacts of recreation and parks in Canada.

Read their update - A Journey to Address Systemic Racism and Discrimination

Applications now open for TD Park People Grants!

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Applications are now open for the TD Park People Grants program, which will provide $2,000 grants to support 216 park events (in-person and virtual) that help enhance green spaces in Metro Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Greater Toronto Area, National Capital Region (Ottawa-Gatineau), Montreal, Quebec City or Halifax Regional Municipality!

Applications will be accepted until March 1st, 2021.

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Sign up for The Bench!

The Bench

The new Canadian Parks and Recreation Association’s online community is here—a place for the sector to meet, work and grow together.

The Bench will initially provide support to the sector as it faces new challenges presented by COVID-19. Inside, you will find discussion forums and a resource library with templates, tools, guidelines and other documents that we hope will make your work easier.

Sign up if you don’t have an account. It’s FREE and open to all parks and recreation professionals and practitioners.

Learn more. 

Membership Renewal

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Being a member demonstrates your commitment and connection to the sector and also helps support the work the organization does on behalf of its members.

Renew your membership today.

Please note that you will no longer receive the monthly ebulletin if you do not renew your membership.

Participation App

Want to Sleep Better, Happy Better or even Poop Better? Then get moving! It’s easy with the new (and FREE!) ParticipACTION app, designed to help you fit physical activity into your busy life and reward you with great prizes. Get the app and see how Everything gets better when you get active.

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.

Up to two (2) bursaries, in the amount of $1,000, each can be awarded each year.

Professional development opportunities must begin at within the timeframe of April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019. The professional development opportunity must be completed no later than March 31, 2020. Retroactive Professional Development opportunities will not be supported.

Deadlines for applications – March 31 of every year.


  pdf Harry Boothman Bursary Application/Follow Up Forms (1.91 MB)