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Sport, Recreation and Community Programs Division

The Sport, Recreation and Community Programs Division continues to champion participation in sport and recreation activities across the province. Participation in sport contributes to better health, provides role models for the pursuit of personal excellence, exemplifies the value of teamwork and builds community pride.


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Belonging to a sport club affiliated with a Provincial or Multi Sport Organization is the best option for those pursuing sport at increasingly higher levels. However, if your goal is simply to be healthier or get into better shape, then programs run by community or municipal parks or recreation organizations are also a great option.


Providing additional support to athletes from the province of Ontario.

Safety in Sport

Each year many people are injured while participating in sport and recreation activities in Ontario.


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Recreation is vital to the health and well-being of individuals, and strengthens communities by encouraging volunteer involvement and providing constructive activities for youth. The amount that Ontarians spend each year on recreation, sport and fitness, has a powerful impact on job creation and the economy.

Ontario Trails

Ontario has over 80,000 km of trails, including land/water, motorized/non-motorized and on and off-road trails. Trails are found in urban, suburban, rural and remote locations and are used for recreation, tourism and transportation, including active transportation.

Learn more about Ontario’s trails and Trails Week.

Framework for Recreation in Canada

The Framework, jointly developed by Provincial and Territorial Governments and key representatives from the Canadian recreation sector, intends to guide and stimulate coordinated practices in recreation that aim to improve the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Coaching & Leadership

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Leadership by coaches and volunteers is the key to both safe participation in recreation, sport and physical activity, and the achievement of athletic excellence. Effective coaching creates positive experiences that encourage children and youth to continue their participation and improve their skills and performance.

Ontario's After-School Program

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Ontario's After School Program gives children and youth in priority neighbourhoods an opportunity to participate in fun, structured activities that contribute to their overall health and well-being.