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Find tools and resources to use in your region, community and workplace as you take on implementation of the Framework for Recreation in Canada.

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In 2015, A Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015: Pathways to Wellbeing (The Framework) was released, designed to “guide and stimulate coordinated policies and practices in recreation and related jurisdictions in Canada that aim to improve the wellbeing of individuals, communities, and the built and natural environments” (p. 6). Except for Quebec, all provinces and territories endorsed the document. In 2017, Quebec published the Policy on Physical Activity, Sport, and Recreation: Quebecers on the Move!, a policy that promotes physically active lifestyles for all Quebecers. The following analysis compares similarities and differences between the two documents.

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The Framework Alignment Tool was created to allow local governments and organizations to assess their current situation with respect to implementing the goals and priorities of the Framework for Recreation in Canada, while recognizing local priorities and resources. This tool can be used in a half-day workshop, as a self-directed workbook or as part of a master planning exercise. The tool, available in English only at this time, includes:

User Guide
Basic Workbook
Comprehensive Workbook

The Workbooks
There are two versions of the Workbook: Basic and Comprehensive. They are formatted in Microsoft Excel. Each contains multiple sheets and include “indicators” for all priorities in the Framework. Users can choose the Workbook that best suits their community’s need. The workbooks provide you with a template to record and track your progress. Both provide users with the opportunity to illustrate how they are furthering the goals and priorities of the Framework and create plans for the future.

The Basic Workbook provides communities with key indicators for each of the priorities. Communities can then simply assess if they agree that an indicator is relevant and a priority in their community. There is space to add notes and planned actions to illustrate how your community’s initiatives align with the indicator.

The Comprehensive Workbook provides communities with more detailed indicators for each of the priorities. It focuses more on policy-driven planning and decision making. It has a matrix for priority and implementation. There are more instructions on how to use the workbooks in this document and on the first tab of each of the Excel sheets.


Looking to explain the Framework but don’t have time to read the full document?

Download and print this one-page document (p. 17) which outlines the Vision, Values, Principles and Goals of the Framework.

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A platform for people in the public recreation sector to share their stories. Whether highlighting a success story or exposing a challenge, we have so much to learn from each other’s experiences. 

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Interested to what degree the Framework for Recreation is being aligned nationally?

Download the 2018 National Survey on Awareness & Implementation: Summary Report and all associated resources. 

Survey ReportContributions and Barriers


Use the attached PowerPoint presentation developed by CPRA as a guide on the Framework for Recreation and its process to date.

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The Framework for Recreation in Canada Forum was held in Regina, Saskatchewan, May 8-10, 2018 bringing together over 300 delegates from across Canada to learn, share and network.

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  • 10 Ways to Use the Framework — Whether you are revising your master plan, presenting to your Municipal Council or interested in sharing a success story, this document provides great ideas and options for how the Framework can be used by you and your organization.
  • Accessible versions of the Framework — Download ENGLISH and FRENCH versions of the Framework for Recreation that are accessible for the visually impaired.