Call for proposals- Canadian Parks Conference

The second edition of the Canadian Parks Conference will be held at the Québec City Convention Centre from October 7 to October 10, 2019 on the topic Parks for all and all for parks. 


TAKE ME OUTSIDE Winter Challenge

Register and take your kids outside for 1 hour; prize can be won! 

Details and registration here: 

Dates: February 14th – 28th 2019.

Aboriginal Coaching Module

Modules for coaches of aboriginal athletes is a professional training tool designed for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal coaches and leaders who work with Aboriginal athletes. The material in the MEAA has been developed to meet the following objectives:

• to understand the role of sport in Aboriginal communities;
• Understand and influence the community from which the athletes you train come from
• adopt a holistic approach to coaching that transcends the physical dimension of the person and
takes into account their mental (intellectual and emotional), spiritual and cultural dimensions;
• to respond to racism in sport;
• establish a code of conduct for your team that respects differences and addresses racism;
• to help young people adopt healthy lifestyle habits.

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Recreational Trails Expansion Program

Nova Scotia has always been a place rich in culture, heritage, sport and recreation. The trails in Nova Scotia contribute much to our quality of life. They enrich our communities and benefit our economy. By investing in trail development and expansion, we realize their tremendous value for Nova Scotians.


The Recreational Trail Expansion Grant Program 2019-2020 is now accepting applications. The program provides funding to community groups, municipalities, Mi’kmaq Band Councils, and ‘not-for- profit’ organizations to develop new trails, expand recreational trails, and perform capital upgrades to existing trails in order to increase opportunities for Nova Scotians to recreate in the outdoors and connect with nature.


The guidelines for the Recreational Trail Expansion Grant program can be found at The deadline to apply is March 26th, 2019.


If you want to discuss the Recreational Trails Expansion Grant program contact Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage Trails Consultant, Steve Vines at , 902-396-1325

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)

NEW: Canada's Food Guide

Today, Health Canada released a new food guide. See link below.

This new food guide speaks to healthy food choices but as well healthy eating/cooking habits and environmental impacts of food choices.

What is relevant to our sector is the section I have included below. There are plenty of initiatives across Canada in the recreation and parks sector that continue to promote health eating options.

Foods and beverages offered in publically funded institutions should align with Canada’s Dietary Guidelines.

To create supportive environments for healthy eating, publicly funded institutions should offer healthier options that align with Guideline 1 and limit the availability of highly processed foods and beverages, such as sugary drinks and confectioneries. Workplaces should take a similar approach by providing access to healthier options. Another way to create supportive environments is to limit the promotion of highly processed products in retail settings such as grocery and convenience stores. These strategies can help promote lifelong healthy eating habits.