Recreation Therapy - Accelerated


Ontario College Diploma

Area Of Interest

Community Services


1 year

Program Code



Start Dates & Ontario Colleges Program Codes: 

  • Fall Start (September): 0108
  • Accelerated Program - Fall Start (September): 0105

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Recreation is vital for everyone as a means to unwind and maintain balance in life. Yet, for individuals facing physical, cognitive, emotional, and/or social challenges, recreation therapy isn’t just leisure; it's a pathway to connect and engage with others. Learn how to make a difference through our accelerated Recreation Therapy program.

At Confederation College, our Accelerated Recreation Therapy Program equips you with the essential skills and knowledge to plan, implement, and evaluate a broad spectrum of leisure services. These services are designed for children, adolescents, and adults who face barriers to a healthy leisure lifestyle. You will learn to work with individuals and groups across all ages to assess their needs and interests, fostering independent and personally fulfilling leisure pursuits. The curriculum includes therapeutic recreation, developmental psychology, program and event planning, communications for community services, administrative practices, physical activity leadership, and recreation facilities management.


Top Highlights

  • 450 hours of field placement, enhancing in-class learning with practical experience
  • Complimentary membership with Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO) for students.
  • Complimentary membership with Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) for students.
  • The program is uniquely structured as an accelerated program for individuals possessing a designated diploma or degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Assess the unique strengths, needs, challenges, and interests of individuals encountering barriers to engaging in leisure, aiding them in achieving their leisure objectives.
  2. Accurately collect, document, and communicate comprehensive client information in verbal, written, and electronic formats, conforming to current ministry guidelines and professional standards.
  3. Formulate, execute, and assess individual and group recreation therapy programs that meet the identified needs, are in line with assessment outcomes, and comply with current best practices.
  4. Design leisure education programs and services for clients, their families, and other healthcare professionals to underscore the personal, social, economic, and health-related benefits of recreation therapy services.
  5. Investigate and appraise recreation therapy theories and practices to improve professional effectiveness and contribute to the field's growth.
  6. Forge and sustain cooperative relationships with clients, inter-professional teams, and community service providers in the delivery of safe and efficient recreation therapy services.
  7. Contribute to the development of administrative, marketing, financial, and human resource strategies that bolster the provision of recreation therapy services.
  8. Adopt strategies and plans for continuous personal and professional development within the evolving therapeutic recreation landscape.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Recreation Therapy program find work in a variety of settings including hospitals, retirement homes, supportive housing complexes, correctional centres, rehabilitation/treatment centres, government agencies, older adult centres, community non-profit agencies and inclusion service agencies.

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Stephen Holloway

Program Coordinator
(807) 475-6419

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