Support Well-Being

Workshops, Webinars, and e-Learning Courses

Research, training, and thought leadership are critical to growth and sustainability in the recreation sector. For this reason, PRO is committed to providing diverse training opportunities in communities across the province in order to build capacity in the industry.  

PRO offers a variety of workshops and webinars on a wide range of topics including risk management, training for youth development workers, volunteer management, becoming a youth-friendly community, policy writing and much more. See below for a list of upcoming events.

In-Person & Virtual Workshops

The Yardstick Parks Information Session is an opportunity to learn how the Yardstick Parks Project can help benchmark performance, levels of service and operational costs for your parks, open space and facilities. Click Here to register for the next Information Session.

The Yardstick User Group Meeting is an opportunity for members of the Yardstick Parks Project (and interested parties) to review the results of the project for the past year and their implications for municipal operations. Join the discussion on potential enhancements and refinements for next year’s benchmarking.

PYD is an approach that helps communities, schools, and agencies re-examine and improve youth development programs. During this day-long workshop, join colleagues and other youth development professionals as you better understand the needs of youth and learn to apply the principles of Positive Youth Development. You will return to your agency, school or department armed with tools, resources and research designed to help your services be responsive and supportive with and for youth. Due to COVID-19, the training has been cancelled. This page will be updated when a new session has been scheduled.

Often times, staff who work in youth programs are youth themselves. Without appropriate training, it can be difficult for them to create the kind of environment which will attract and retain program participants. This Positive Youth Development (PYD) Train the Trainer workshop will provide you with an interactive tool you can use to help enhance the quality and capabilities of your staff.

The Canadian Certified Playground Inspector certification program is offered through the Canadian Playground Safety Institute (CPSI) and supported by the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA). The program is comprised of a two-part theory and practical course. Upon successful completion of both the CPSI Theory and CPSI Practical components, participants will become a Certified Playground Inspector.
The schedule for the online CPSI courses for Spring and Summer 2020 is available here. To Register, Click here. For more information, click here.

 Intentional Youth Development

If you work with youth, or supervise staff who work with adolescents, this online course on Intentional Youth Development (IYD) will help you better serve their unique needs. The two-module course, provides information to help you intentionally and purposefully build a positive youth development (PYD) approach into your programs and services. Building PYD into your program structure ensures you have a consistent approach to meeting the needs of youth participants, regardless of who is leading the program. A certificate is provided upon completion of this course. Take this training at any time and in any place.

For additional information and  to register please click here.



For additional information on any workshop, webinar or e-Learning program, or to find out about a training topic not listed here, please contact PRO at 416-426-7142 or e-mail