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Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation in Nova Scotia

shared strategy

A collaborative recreation strategy for our province.

The Shared Strategy is very unique in that the recreation sector, RNS and government all have a responsibility to advance the strategy and ensure it is used as a priority setting and direction setting document.  Want to know more about how you can align with the Shared Strategy? Contact us

The Five Goals of the Shared Strategy include:

Goal 1: Active Living

To foster active, healthy living through recreation.

Goal 2: Inclusion and Access

To Increase inclusion and access to recreation for populations that face constraints to participation.

Goal 3: Connecting People and Nature

To help people connect to nature through recreation.

Goal 4: Supportive Environments

To ensure the provision of supportive physical and social environments that encourage participation in recreation and build strong, caring communities.

Goal 5: Recreation Capacity

To ensure the continued growth and sustainability of the recreation field.

The Shared Strategy Working Group was formed to develop and support an action plan in moving provincial initiatives forward. In 2018, a study was conducted with Municipal Recreation Directors around the province. 

Download the pdf Full Report of the 2018 Municipal Recreation Study (1.96 MB)

In Spring/Summer of 2019, with guidance and support from CCH Regional Offices and MPALs, a group formed of staff from CCH and RNS conducted 'The Sharing Tour' The purpose was to share recent and relevant information, host meaningful conversations with stakeholders about their work, strengthen connections and help form new connections with recreation stakegolders, reaffirm commitment to the Shared Strategy. 

RNS and CCH presented the work of the pdf Sharing Tour at the 2019 RNS Confernce (1.44 MB)

View and download  pdf The Sharing Tour report (4.38 MB) .

Inclusion & Access Task Team

The Inclusion and Access Task Team is a sub group of the Shared Strategy Working Group (SSWG) whose mandate is to coordinate implementation of the Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation in Nova Scotia.  The specific focus of the Task Team is Goal 2 of the Shared Strategy, “Inclusion and Access: To increase inclusion and access to recreation for populations that face constraints to participation.”

The task team works to:

Develop tools and resources to increase inclusion and access to recreation for populations that face constraints to participation. As shown in the Shared Strategy on page 11:

  • Diverse populations include individuals with visible differences such as sex, [race, ethnicity] gender, age, and some abilities. Other differences may be invisible, such as sexual orientation, education, religious beliefs, socioeconomic status, [physical] and mental health concerns that affect wellbeing.
  • For recreation to play a meaningful role in community wellbeing, the sector must become more focused on serving those segments of the population that are most in need, strengthening inclusion, celebrating diversity, and striving to incorporate the needs and viewpoints of diverse communities into all aspects of recreation services and programs.

Build capacity of recreation professionals to strengthen inclusion competencies, policies and practices within the recreation sector, including recreation professionals and volunteers.

The Task Team is made up of members with specific expertise in disparity reduction and with an understanding of the recreation sector. Currently, the following people sit on the Inclusion & Access Task Team:

  • Sally O'Neill, Town of Westville 
  • Rachel Bedingfield, Town of Kentville 
  • Andrea Waters, IWK Health Centre
  • Barb Hamilton-Hinch, Dalhousie University
  • Graham Mounsey, RNS (Staff Support)
  • Cassandra Manuel, NS Government (Northern Zone)
  • Courtney Nicholson-Patriquin, Sport NS
  • Julia Stephenson, CCH (Staff Support)
  • Robin Norrie, CCH (Staff Support)


The Community Recreation Strategic Planning Alignment Tool

This tool is available for your organization or municipality to aid in the discovery of opportunities on how to align with the goals and priorities of the Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation in NS.

The tool breaks down each goal and provides an alignment guideline, with examples, for each of the five goals; active living, inclusion and access, connecting people and nature, supportive environments, and recreation capacity.

Download the document Strategic Planning Alignment Tool (78 KB) .

A general document powerpoint presentation (4.29 MB) is available for you to use to educate council, board, staff or stakeholders about your commitment to the Shared Strategy

Resolutions & Endorsements

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pdf Stratégie d’avancement commune du loisir en Nouvelle Écosse (554 KB)