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.

PLEASE NOTE: The PRO office is closed to visitors due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) until further notice. Staff are still working remotely from Monday to Friday and will be able to assist members and stakeholders.

Latest News

We're Hiring: Events and Membership Specialist

PRO is hiring an Events and Membership Specialist to manage and operationalize the Education and Training and Memberships portfolios. Read more to find out if you're right for the job!

2021 PRO Aquatics Conference

Join us for Canada’s premier aquatics conference! This year we're back online with even more engaging and inspiring sessions covering everything from trends in technology and innovative programming to Indigenous cultural competency training and standard of care principles. Join a community of practice committed to safety, innovation, and inclusion. Connect with aquatic professionals from across the province in breakout sessions and discuss the issues that matter most to you. Read our full program for details!


Parks and Recreation Opinion Survey

Over the last year, it's become clear how much Ontarians value parks and recreation. PRO wants to make sure that the province and municipalities continue to make quality investments in parks and recreation. Help PRO advocate for the spaces and programs that make our communities more welcoming and engaging. Take our 5 minute survey and tell us what you think!


2021 PRO Virtual Forum

More than ever before, it is clear just how much parks and recreation professionals do. We are community health leaders, conservation advocates, and equity champions. This year's Forum reflects this diversity. Hear from industry thought leaders as they explore what the sector needs to best serve Ontarians. Learn about methods to mitigate climate change, how to serve diverse communities, and new strategies for neighbourhood engagement. Read our full program to find out more! 


University Settlement becomes a HIGH FIVE Accredited Organization

Parks and Recreation Ontario extends its warmest congratulations to University Settlement on becoming a HIGH FIVE Accredited Organization. University Settlement is a multi-service agency that was founded in 1910 and has the distinction of being the first community-based social service centre in the City of Toronto.

OnDemand Course: How to Offer Training Online

Training staff online presents unique challenges. How do you engage with training participants? What tools can you use to ensure maximum participation? PRO's new online training course will provide you with strategies to ensure that your virtual staff training is effective and engaging.


PRO Statement on the Kamloops Indian Residential School 
Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) offers our deepest condolences to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and to the families of the 215 children found at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia.


2020 PRO Annual Report
2020 was a year unlike any other. Learn about the work that PRO did to give voice to the parks and recreation sector, support knowledge mobilization, and create opportunities to build capacity. 


PRO Statement on Closure of Outdoor Recreational Amenities

Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) urges the Government of Ontario to make outdoor recreational amenities available to Ontarians and to consult with the parks and recreation sector on these and any future measures that would change how Ontarians are able to safely access these amenities.

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