Recreation Therapy

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Receive Inclusion and High Five Leadership certifications

Overview

Upcoming Intakes:

Fall 2021: Commerce Court – North Bay, Online

Winter 2022: Commerce Court – North Bay, Online


Train for a career in one of the fastest-growing professions. This is a rewarding, health-centered field where you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the quality of life of an individual with an illness or disability. Through assessment, planning, and delivery of programs, you will help people lead more fulfilling and independent lives. This specific training will prepare you for a career in clinical and community-based settings.

All classes are available onsite or online, and are recorded for future playback.

Students complete 400 hours of applied work experience.


Your Future Career

  • Long-term care facilities
  • Municipal recreation centres
  • Hospitals
  • Social service agencies
  • Children's treatment centres
  • Centres for addiction and mental health

What You Learn

  • Program design
  • Assessment and documentation
  • Leisure education and counselling
  • Facilitation techniques
  • Adaptive and inclusive recreation
  • Outdoor and adventure recreation

Dual Diploma Option: Canadore graduates of this program are eligible to complete the Recreation and Leisure Services or Strength and Sport Conditioning program in one year. 

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency.

View current English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Academic Upgrading

Intake: September Start
Semester 1 - Fall
REC 105 Leadership
REC 117 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
REC 132 Recreation Essentials
REC 134 Aging and Therapeutic Recreation
REC 140 Therapeutic Recreation and Mental Health
CMM 125 College Communication I - Online
CLT 100 Canada's First Peoples - Online
Semester 2 - Winter
REC 130 Legislation and Risk Management
REC 133 Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation
REC 137 Program Design in Therapeutic Recreation
REC 147 Disease and The Human Body
REC 150 Therapeutic Recreation for Diverse Populations
PSY 100 Foundations of Psychology I - Online
Semester 3 - Fall
REC 145 Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
REC 238 Assessment and Documentation I for Therapeutic Recreation
REC 239 Research Methods
REC 260 Outdoor and Adventure Recreation
REC 264 Leisure Education for Therapeutic Recreation
REC 256 Practicum - Therapeutic Recreation (100 hours)
GENED General Education Elective - Online (RTh Sem 3)
Semester 4 - Winter
REC 232 Volunteer Management - 7 wks
REC 274 Assessment and Documentation II for Therapeutic Recreation - 7 wks
REC 276 Professionalism and IPC in Therapeutic Recreation - 7 wks
REC 278 Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation - 7 wks
REC 257 Placement - Therapeutic Recreation (245 hrs)

Intake: January Start
Semester 1 - Winter
REC 130 Legislation and Risk Management
REC 132 Recreation Essentials
REC 133 Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation
REC 137 Program Design in Therapeutic Recreation
REC 147 Disease and The Human Body
REC 150 Therapeutic Recreation for Diverse Populations
PSY 100 Foundations of Psychology I - Online
Semester 2 - Fall
REC 117 Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
REC 134 Aging and Therapeutic Recreation
REC 140 Therapeutic Recreation and Mental Health
REC 145 Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation
REC 238 Assessment and Documentation I for Therapeutic Recreation
REC 264 Leisure Education for Therapeutic Recreation
CMM 125 College Communication I - Online
Semester 3 - Winter
REC 232 Volunteer Management - 7 wks
REC 274 Assessment and Documentation II for Therapeutic Recreation - 7 wks
REC 276 Professionalism and IPC in Therapeutic Recreation - 7 wks
REC 278 Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation - 7 wks
REC 257 Placement - Therpeutic Recreation (245 hrs)
Semester 4 - Fall
REC 105 Leadership
REC 239 Research Methods
REC 260 Outdoor and Adventure Recreation
REC 256 Practicum - Therapeutic Recreation (100 hours)
GENED General Education Elective - Online (RTh Sem 4)
CLT 100 Canada's First Peoples - Online

Ancillary fees have been reviewed as a result of COVID-19 and alternative service and program delivery plans. For current ancillary fees details please see https://www.canadorecollege.ca/get-started/money/fees-and-expenses

2021-2022 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $908 - - $3628.24
2 $2720.24 $758 - - $3478.24

2021-2022 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $13179.52 $1488 - - $14667.52
2 $13179.52 $1338 - - $14517.52

2021-2022 2 years Ontario College Diploma

Online – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $768 - - $3488.24
2 $2720.24 $618 - - $3338.24

Check out the Campus Bookstore to not only purchase your textbooks but also view your book list before the semester starts. 


Canadore College will implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in Fall 2020 to enhance students’ learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure student flexibility in learning. To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit https://www.canadorecollege.ca/BYOD

Ontario College Diploma

Upon graduating, students are eligible to apply for the R/TRO designation through Therapeutic Recreation Ontario.

Students also have the opportunity to obtain numerous industry certifications outside of the classroom such as: Inclusion Certificate (Level One, Two and/or Three) from Variety Village, Gentle Persuasive Approaches Certificate, High Five Certification, First Aid/CPR Certification and NCCP Certification.

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

View Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

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