Parks and Recreation Ontario is a non-profit association that advances the health, social, and environmental benefits of quality recreation and parks through evidence-based practices, resources and collaborative partnerships.

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Launching a Learning Management System for Parks and Recreation Ontario 

On Tuesday, May 23, 2023 Dr. Adil Shamji, MPP met online with the team at Parks and Recreation Ontario’s (PRO) as their Annual General Meeting was getting underway and for the launch of PRO’s new learning management system MPP Shamji also formally congratulated the group on the work it’s done since receiving a $149,800 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2022 to update the technology required to offer virtual professional development opportunities that are vital to the recreation and sport sector. READ MORE

2022 Annual Report

2022 was a year of growth for PRO. From increased training offerings and a national campaign on gender equity on sport to provincial wide advocacy and youth employment, PRO build capacity in the sector and advanced the benefits of high quality parks and recreation.  READ MORE


Aquatics Wage Survey Report

The aquatics sector has long faced issues with the recruitment and retention

of qualified staff to lifeguard and deliver programming. In the fall of 2022,

Parks and Recreation Ontario released the Aquatics Wage survey to gather

data on staff recruitment and retention in the aquatics sector. The survey

sought information on wages, other forms of compensation, job titles, and

descriptions. READ MORE


2023 Camp Provision Survey

In the summer of 2022, Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) released the

Camps Survey to gather data related to issues of staff recruitment and

retention. This reports summarizes these findings and highlights recommendations for future advocacy. READ MORE



Announcement: Incoming CEO

Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kim Gavine as Chief Executive Officer, effective May 8, 2023. READ MORE

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June is Recreation and Parks Month

JRPM is coming up and we have new resources to support the great work happening in communities across Ontario! ACCESS RESOURCES

Read PRO's Submission on Bill 23

On November 17, 2022, PRO developed a written submission to the Standing Committee on Heritage, Infrastructure, and Cultural Policy outlining Bill 23's impact on communities, conservation authorities, and parks and recreation. 

2021 PRO Annual Report
Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) is pleased to release the 2021 PRO Annual Report.  In this report, you will read about the challenges and opportunities that PRO faced in 2021. 
We are committed to continual growth and improvement so that we can meet the needs of our sector and ensure that all Ontarians receive equitable access to parks and recreation. Read more here.

Oak Park Neighbourhood becomes a HIGH FIVE Accredited Organization

Congratulations to Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre on becoming a HIGH FIVE Accredited Organization! Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre is a community-based agency founded in 1999 serving over 3000 individuals in Oakville. The organization supports the community through diverse programs and resources to relieve poverty, offer educational opportunities, and provide recreational and social programs. 


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