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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2024 PRO Expedition & Trade Show - Registration OPEN!

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for – Registration for the PRO Expedition and Trade Show is NOW OPEN!


This exciting event is set to take place from April 17-19, 2024 and we are thrilled to welcome you back in person to Blue Mountain Resort for the largest gathering of parks and recreation professionals in Canada!

 

 

2024 PRO Awards of Excellence - Nominations now OPEN!
The awards program recognizes and honours individuals and organizations by highlighting outstanding innovations and achievements that contribute to the advancement of the parks and recreation sector. Nomination deadline is February 9, 2024. 

 

Media Statement (1)

 PRO Statement - Ontario's After School Program Funding Increase
On October 19, 2023, Minister Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, announced an additional $1.1 million in provincial funding to support Ontario's After School Program. Ontario's total investment is $14.6 million for the 2023-2024 school year. Read PRO's full statement here.

 

 2024 PRO EX Sponsorship and Trade Show

Do you want to showcase your brand at the largest gathering of parks and recreation professionals in the country? Consider becoming a sponsor or exhibitor at the 2024 PRO Expedition! From April 17th to 19th, 2024, more than 500 delegates from the parks, recreation, and aquatics sectors will converge in Blue Mountain, Ontario for a unique opportunity to connect, learn, and discover outstanding companies and products.

 

 

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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