Recreation and Leisure Services

Recreation and Leisure Services

Recreation and Leisure Services (2016-2017)

How to Apply

Program Code



Program Length

Four semesters, beginning in September

Recreation and Leisure Services

Contact Information

Allysha Wassegijig
416.675.6622, ext. 5281


The 2016/2017fee for two semesters is
– domestic $4,077.78
– international $14,200.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

$450 – textbooks; $270 – leadership camp experience (first semester); $270 – outdoor recreation camp (third semester); nominal fees for specific industry certifications.


Start DatesAvailability
2016 SeptemberWaitlisted

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
– Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
– Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above
• Mature student status
• College or university transfer status

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated.

Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Additional Requirements

Applicants are strongly recommended to develop the following skill sets: computers/word processing, communication/interpersonal skills, related volunteer work and introductory background in recreation/leisure. First aid/CPR training is an asset.

Our Program

Humber’s Recreation and Leisure Services diploma program provides you with skills needed to start your career in government, non-profit and commercial recreation organizations. You will learn about recreation programming, special events management, staff management, facility operations, marketing and other services within the industry.

The curriculum is designed with industry collaboration, ensuring it is current and relevant. Courses include Recreation and Sport Programming, Special Event Management, Risk Management, Human Resources and Leisure Program Management, using Active Network, the most widely used registration management software in the recreation industry.

Test your skills as you plan and implement events for local community and charity organizations. A three-day leadership camp at a YMCA conference centre helps build communication and leadership skills while guest speakers, practical training and field trips provide added benefits in preparing you for the workplace.

Learn from professors, as well as managers and directors of popular recreation programs, centres and agencies who will give you valuable exposure to the industry and training in current issues. Students complete a work placement in fourth semester, which provides valuable experience and industry contacts. Students in the program receive a membership with Parks and Recreation Ontario.

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Your Career

People and governments are focused on the benefits of having an active lifestyle. Current estimates place the health-care cost of physical inactivity in Canada at $5.3 billion. As a result, the need for dedicated professionals who can help Canadians live healthier, active lives is greater than ever.

Graduates plan, deliver and manage leisure, recreation and wellness operations for municipal governments; sport organizations; outdoor education centres; leisure centres; not-for-profit agencies; and commercial recreation organizations, in a variety of roles and responsibilities.

Potential jobs include recreation programmer/ co-ordinator, program supervisor, special events co-ordinator, camp supervisor, aquatics supervisor and active living co-ordinator.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Qualified students have the opportunity to earn certification in Parks and Recreation Ontario’s HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development program and QUEST Training for supervisory staff. Qualified students will also receive a certificate in Inclusive Recreation Programming – Level 1.

Study Abroad

Qualified students in this program are eligible to undertake one of the short duration experiential learning opportunities which operate annually in May and are 10 to 20 days in length. Destinations include Europe, Asia and IMG Sport Academy in Florida.

Our Industry Partnerships

The School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism has more than 700 industry partners. Partners provide funding for capital projects, offer work placements for students, donate more than $60,000 in awards and scholarships and employ Humber graduates. Industry partners include municipal and commercial recreation facilities, sports organizations, not-for-profit service clubs, health centres, event management companies, seniors centres and long-term care facilities.

Work Placement

Qualified Recreation and Leisure Services students will complete an unpaid work placement in the fourth semester – two days per week for 11 weeks, then five days per week for four weeks (a total of 300 hours). The school works with the student to find a placement with an industry partner. Many of our graduates receive full-time employment offers from their work placement.

Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions, including a Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University or Bachelor of Arts Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo. Visit Transfer Options for detailed information.