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Learn to deliver rec and leisure programs in a variety of settings

Recreation and Leisure Services Ontario College Diploma, Co-op program

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!

Program code RELS
Duration 2 Years
Credential Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Delivery Full-time

Program information

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.

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Winter 2023 Barrie
Fall 2023 Barrie

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

This program includes a co-op work term component where you will gain practical, on-the-job experience in your field.

What are the admission requirements for the Recreation and Leisure Services program?

Recreation and Leisure Services 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 for Prior Learning 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.

What career opportunities can I take in recreation and leisure?

Your Recreation and Leisure Services diploma gives you many 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.

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


  • YMCA Geneva Park Outdoor Recreation Experience
  • Parks and Recreation Ontario Conference

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

Flex MORE. Study Recreation and Leisure Services part-time

Benefits of studying part-time:

What courses are included in the Recreation and Leisure Services diploma program?

Course overview

16 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 Program Option Courses
3 General Education Courses
1 Co-op Work Term

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Recreation and Leisure Services program outline.

  • COMP 1058 – Technology in Administration
  • REAS 2003 – Research in Recreation and Sport
  • RECR 1000 – Introduction to Recreation
  • RECR 1001 – Program Planning
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

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