Recreation and Leisure Services Learn the business side of the recreation and leisure industry. Paid co-op work term in a variety of sectors, field trips and more!

General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma, Co-op

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2018 Barrie
Winter 2019 Barrie

Program description

Students are introduced to skills and knowledge needed to succeed in recreation and leisure services. The curriculum includes: community recreation, outdoor adventure, arts, culture, heritage, leisure, fitness, retirement activities, life enrichment in long term care, adaptive-therapeutic recreation, facility operations, programming and event planning. Business administration fundamentals are incorporated with courses in marketing, accounting, technology, human resources, entrepreneurship and research. Experiential learning opportunities include a paid co-operative work semester, field trips, and participating in a number of events or programs working with children to seniors. Students gain proficiencies in leadership and group facilitation by designing, delivering and evaluating diverse, inclusive, relevant, environmentally sustainable recreation leisure and wellness initiatives.

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Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Admission details

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

  • OSS curriculum: OSSD or equivalent, with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U)

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

  • Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College
  • College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Hospitality Skills and General Arts and Science*
  • Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)
  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications
  • Mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*
  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
  • English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

  • Applicants can write the mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Reference check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.


View the Recreation/Leisure Services articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

  • COMP1058 Technology in Recreation and Fitness
  • FITN1002 Fitness and Wellness
  • FNCE1001 Understanding Accounting
  • MKTG1000 Introduction to Marketing
  • PSYL1003 Sport Psychology
  • REAS2003 Research in Recreation and Sport
  • RECR1000 Introduction to Recreation
  • RECR1001 Program Planning
  • RECR1002 Event Planning
  • RECR1003 Leadership in Recreation
  • RECR2000 Professional Issues
  • RECR2001 Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Sustainability
  • RECR2002 Diverse Populations
  • RECR2003 Administration Practices
  • RECR2004 Trends and Opportunities in Recreation
  • RECR2005 Facility Operations
  • RECR2006 Community Development
  • RECR2007 Group Dynamics

Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.

Optional Courses

To be selected from College list

General Education Courses

To be selected from College list

Co-op Work Term

  • COOP1031 Rec and Leisure Work Term 1