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Program Details

  • Program Code:1202
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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The goal of the Recreation and Leisure Services program is to teach students how to improve the quality of life for all citizens by developing healthy communities. The courses in this college diploma program are based on a curriculum that meets the demands of the ever-growing and in-demand recreation and leisure field. Throughout their studies, students will conduct needs assessments, create risk management plans, develop business plans and practice grant proposal writing, and plan and implement recreation programs for people of all ages and abilities. In addition, students will complete 880 hours of supervised field placement, which helps develop critical practical skills through the integration of classroom learning into real-life situations.

Program Highlights

  • Courses include: Program Planning, Community Development, Recreation Management and Marketing, Inclusive Recreation, Gerontology, Child & Youth Development, and more!
  • Supervised field placements take place in the second semester (two days a week), and in the third and fourth semesters (three days a week).
  • An example of industry partners who host field placements include, but are not limited to: The Centre for Dreams, Viva Pickering, Bridgepoint Health, Sienna Living (various locations), the City of Toronto, the City of Markham, Variety Village, and Crescent Town Club.
  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in supplemental training sessions, such as Sensory Training and High Five’s Principles of Healthy Child Development and Quest 2.
  • Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) offers two province-wide student awards during its annual educational forum to students in their graduating year. Centennial College Recreation and Leisure Services graduates have captured these prestigious awards for 13 consecutive years (2007 to 2019).
  • Established by the 2011 graduation class, the Sandy Foster Student Award of Merit is awarded annually to one student entering the second year of the Recreation and Leisure Services Program at Centennial College. This award recognizes a student who consistently demonstrates a commitment to their studies and a passion for recreation and carries a $2000.00 cash value.
  • There is another bursary.

As a Recreation and Leisure graduate, you will be able to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Develop, implement and evaluate inclusive recreation, leisure and wellness programs and events for individuals, groups and communities that respond to assessed needs, interests, abilities and that use available resources and incorporate best practices.
  • Apply administrative and customer service skills to support the delivery of recreation, leisure and wellness programs, events and services.
  • Analyse, develop and implement marketing strategies to reach diverse individuals, groups and communities for programs, events, services and facilities using current communication technologies.
  • Contribute to the development of fiscally sustainable and responsible recreation, leisure and wellness programs, events and services using current and relevant principles and practices of business, finance and social entrepreneurship.
  • Supervise, lead and support the development of staff and volunteers involved with recreation, leisure and wellness programs, events and services.
  • Apply safety and accessibility practices to the efficient operation and administration of recreation and leisure facilities and settings.
  • Promote the benefits and values of recreation, leisure and healthy active living and recommend inclusive programs, events and services to individuals and groups.
  • Apply community development strategies that engage citizens and community partners while advocating for healthy communities.
  • Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development as a recreation and leisure services professional.

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

Students in this program will develop a portfolio documenting their engagement with the College's signature global citizenship and equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship and Equity, the GC&E Portfolio and the supports available to you, please visit www.centennialcollege.ca/citizenshipandequity.


Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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Companies Offering Jobs

Agencies that have hired program graduates include Chartwell Retirement Residences, Ajax Recreation and Culture Department, Bridgepoint Health, Centre for Addictions and Mental Health, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Leisureworld Senior Care, Markham Parks, Recreation and Culture Services, the City of Toronto, Variety Village, Boys and Girls Clubs and the YMCA.

Career Outlook

  • Recreation/sport/camp program leaders and instructors
  • Recreation/sport/entertainment operators and attendants
  • Recreation and sport policy researchers/consultants/program officers
  • Recreation/sports/fitness program and service directors
  • Customer service and retail agents
  • Recreation and leisure services coordinator
  • Recreation and Leisure
  • Supervisor or Recreation and Leisure Services Manager and/or programmer
  • Therapeutic recreation activation aide

Education Pathways

Successful graduates of this Recreation and Leisure Services program have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the degree level.

Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program. Please note that each pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the partner institution.

Partner Institution Degree
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts in multiple majors
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources Management
Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing
Bachelor of Science in multiple majors
Athabasca University
Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies
Bachelor of Professional Arts - Human Services
Brock University Honours Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies (with major)
Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies (Pass) - 3 year
Honours Bachelor Degree in Public or Child Health
Davenport University Bachelor of Business Administration – Sports Management
Hartpury University Honours Bachelor of Science in Sports Studies 'top-up' programme
Seneca College Honours Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus Honours Bachelor of Arts
York University Honours Bachelor degree in any major

Please visit our website at www.centennialcollege.ca/admissions/applying/education-pathways/outbound-pathways for more information on articulation agreements.

For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.

Educational Partners

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in an articulated program with select universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow you to apply academic credit towards further study.

The Recreation and Leisure Services program's educational partners are:

  • Brock University (7.5 credits can be received towards either a 15-credit or a 20-credit Honours degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies)
  • Athabasca University (60 credits can be received toward a 120-credit Bachelor of Professional Arts degree – Human Service major)
  • Hartpury College (complete an Honours BSc degree in Sports Studies in one calendar year, three semesters, while living in Hartpury, Gloucestershire, UK)

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • Grade 12 English (C or U), or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

Domestic Students

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full-time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in-person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

International Students

 Apply directly to Centennial College here.

2. Submit Documents

Domestic Students

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

International Students

If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $2,721.00 $1,200.24 $3,921.24
International $15,385.50 $1,709.24 $17,094.74

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