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  • The Leisure Information Network is the home of the National Recreation Database - a source of over 10,000 practical resources for recreation, parks, and healthy living practitioners, available for download free of charge. The LIN site also offers news and events, program success stories, activity ideas and a weekly ebulletin.  

  • The National Benefits HUB provides research evidence that demonstrates that recreation, sports, fitness, arts, culture and parks are essential to individual and community quality of life. Over 750 research studies are organized in a searchable databank to both drive the work of the sector as well as communicate the benefits of that work beyond our profession.  This online version of the original “Benefits Catalogue” surpasses earlier versions with its expanded accessibility and search-ability!

  • The Canadian Parks Council - Canada’s national, provincial and territorial park agencies work together, through the Canadian Parks Council,  to ensure that Canadians can continue to be proud of the role parks and protected areas play in preserving our country’s natural capital.

  • The Canadian Recreation Facilities Council is the national leader for the recreation facilities profession.

  • The Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association is a national association of practitioners in the field of Therapeutic Recreation – Incorporated in 1996.

  •  The Active After School Hub is a website intended for practitioners and decision-makers within the after school sector. Launched by the Canadian Active After School Partnership (CAASP), the site is a place where community members will be able to find the resources to help deliver active after school programs, engage with a community of their peers, and advocate for better programs and greater public access to them.  CAASP is a collaborative of nine national organizations, of which CPRA is a partner, and has been supported and initially funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

  • The Northern Links website is the first stop for First Nations, Inuit and Métis recreation practitioners. The site  will help provide culturally relevant and physically engaging opportunities for your community. There you will find news, events, resources, leads to funding sources, and recreational program ideas and activities to support you in your work. The Sharing Circle listserv will connect you to other recreation practitioners in Aboriginal communities across the country.



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