Recreation and Leisure Services
Learn the business side of the recreation and leisure industry. Paid co-op work term in a variety of sectors, field trips, industry certifications, participation at conferences and more!

General information

Program code
4 Semesters, plus 1 work term (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Work integrated learning
1 Co-op Work Term

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie
Winter 2022 Barrie

Program description

Students are introduced to skills and knowledge needed to succeed in recreation and leisure services. The curriculum includes: community recreation, outdoor adventure, arts, culture, heritage, leisure, fitness, retirement activities, life enrichment in long term care, adaptive-therapeutic recreation, facility operations, programming and event planning. Business administration fundamentals are incorporated with courses in marketing, accounting, technology, human resources, entrepreneurship and research. Experiential learning opportunities include a paid co-operative work semester, field trips, and participation in a number of events or programs working with children to seniors. Students gain competencies in leadership and group facilitation by designing, delivering and evaluating diverse, inclusive, relevant, environmentally sustainable recreation leisure and wellness initiatives.

Experiential learning opportunities

Georgian's Recreation and Leisure Services program provides many experiential learning opportunities.


  • Parks and Recreation HIGH FIVE
    • QUEST 1 - prepares supervisors and managers to assess, develop, measure and adopt child-focused policies and procedures
    • Principles of Healthy Aging - provides insights into the unique needs of older adults when participating in recreation or leisure activities in municipal or retirement communities
  • SmartServe Ontario


Practical learning experience:

  • Town of Innisfil sport plan proposal and ice analysis
  • Springwater Township Recreation public meeting
  • Elmvale District High School recreation program usage proposal

Part-time delivery option

We also offer a part-time, online delivery format for this program:

  • online part-time delivery: accommodates work schedules
  • fully online: we offer a non-co-op diploma
  • fast-track: use your work experience and/or previous education
  • set your own pace and workload: enrol in one to three courses per semester

Visit the Recreation and Leisure Services part-time program page  for delivery details and contact information.

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Career opportunities

Career opportunities include: retirement home and long term care activity director/life enrichment, adaptive/therapeutic recreation, facility and parks operations, municipal programmer, administrator in community, arts, heritage and cultural organizations, leader, director, facilitator at registered charities, athletics in education institutions, fitness and healthy/active lifestyle centres, private and commercial clubs, event planning services, recreation supervisor- youth organizations, correction facilities, resorts-sport and recreation manager, outdoor and adventure recreation.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.


Program-specific Courses

  • COMP 1058 - Technology in Administration
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • REAS 2003 - Research in Recreation and Sport
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • RECR 1000 - Introduction to Recreation
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • RECR 1001 - Program Planning
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ACCT 1013 - Accounting Fundamentals
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 1002 - Fitness and Wellness
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • MKTG 1000 - Introduction to Marketing
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • RECR 1002 - Event Planning
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • RECR 1006 - Recreation Across the Lifespan
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • RECR 2003 - Administration Practices
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • RECR 2012 - Arts Culture and Heritage in Recreation
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • RECR 2013 - Recreation Leadership and Group Dynamics
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • RECR 2014 - Inclusive and Adaptive Recreation
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • Program Option Courses - Group 1 - Select 1 course from the available list during registration.
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • RECR 2001 - Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Sustainability
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • RECR 2006 - Community Development
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • RECR 2016 - Professional Opportunities and Issues
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • Program Option Courses - Group 2 - Select 1 course from the available list during registration.
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • Program Option Courses - Group 3 - Select 1 course from the available list during registration.
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • COOP 1041 - Recreation and Leisure Work Term (occurs after Semester 2)
    (560 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 3)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 4)