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​​​​The Framework for Recreation in Canada

Recreation is a fundamental human need throughout all stages of life, with numerous benefits to mental, physical, and social wellbeing. Accessible recreation opportunities are an essential part of a well-functioning society, as recreation can address widespread issues in Canada including sedentary lifestyles, obesity, and decreased contact with nature.  

In order to provide direction for recreation in Canada, The Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015 was developed by the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) and the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council (IRSC). The Framework presents a renewed definition of recreation and establishes a shared vision, values, and goals to guide recreation policies across the country. 

A Renewed Definition of Recreation

Recreation is the pursuit of physical, social, intellectual creative and spiritual experiences that enhance individual and community wellbeing.

A Vision for Recreation in Canada

Everyone is engaged in meaningful, accessible recreation experiences that foster:

• Individual wellbeing

• Community wellbeing

• The wellbeing of our natural and built environments

Values:

  • Public good: Public recreation is a public good, which means accessibility for all
  • Inclusion & Equity: All groups and individuals are welcome and valued, and equity means fairness in access to resources, opportunities, and experiences
  • Sustainability: To deliver quality recreational experiences, recreation requires a system that is sustainable, in terms of human resources, economics and the environment
  • Lifelong Participation: Individuals and communities benefit from lifelong participation in recreational experiences, from early childhood to old age

Goals:

1. Active Living: Foster active living through physical recreation.

Priorities:

  • Participation throughout the lifecourse
  • Physical literacy
  • Play
  • Reduce sedentary behaviours

2. Inclusion and Access: Increase inclusion and access to recreation for populations that face constraints to participation

Priorities:

  • Equitable participation for all, regardless of socioeconomic status, age, culture, race, Aboriginal status, gender, ability, sexual orientation or geographic location

3. Connecting People and Nature: Help people connect to nature through recreation.

Priorities:

  • Natural spaces and places
  • Comprehensive system of parks
  • Public awareness and education
  • Minimize negative impacts

4. Supportive Environments: Ensure the provision of supportive physical and social environments that encourage participation in recreation and build strong, caring communities.

Priorities:

  • Provide essential spaces and places
  • Use existing structures and spaces for multiple purposes
  • Renew infrastructure
  • Active transportation
  • Partnerships in social environment
  • Recreation education
  • Assessment tools
  • Align community initiatives

5. Recreation Capacity: Ensure the continued growth and sustainability of the recreation field.

Priorities:

  • Collaborative system
  • Career development
  • Advanced education
  • Capacity development
  • Community leadership
  • Volunteers
  • Knowledge development

For more information on The Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015, please visit www.cpra.ca/about-the-framework

The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury Leisure Services Master Plan

The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury has developed a Leisure Services Master Plan, which defines BWG's parks and recreational needs up to the year 2026. The Master Plan has been aligned with The Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015 in order to achieve its goal of providing exceptional leisure services to residents of BWG. Within the Town of BWG's Leisure Services, the Recreation Division and Parks & Property Division are responsible for implementing the Master Plan.

The Master Plan provides a Vision and Guiding Principles that reflect 3 critical foundations:

1. Reinforcing the importance of the local parks and recreation system

2. Alignment with the Framework for Recreation in Canada

3. Reflecting local values and unique characteristics as uncovered through research and consultations specific to BWG

Vision:

“The Recreation Division and Parks & Property Division strive to strengthen Bradford West Gwillimbury as a welcoming, connected, and inclusive community where all residents can enjoy the benefits of leisure and physical activity."

Guiding Principles:

1. Active Living: Foster active living by providing and supporting active opportunities in BWG

2. Inclusion and Access: Ensure that all residents are included and welcomed to participate in leisure opportunities within BWG's facilities and parks.

3. Connecting People and Nature: Ensure that all residents and visitors can explore and benefit from being in BWG's natural and green outdoor spaces.

4. Supportive Environments: Work with partners and community groups to expand the number of leisure opportunities available to BWG's residents and visitors.

5. Recreation Capacity: Continue to improve the delivery of BWG's leisure opportunities through communications, working with the community and professional development.

To view the Leisure Services Master Plan, please click HERE