Therapeutic Recreation Activity Assistant

The Therapeutic Recreation Activity program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.


The Therapeutic Recreation Activity Assistant program focuses on the knowledge and skills required to plan, implement, and evaluate individuals or groups in therapeutic recreation and social activities. Program participants will learn to plan and implement supervised activities for older adults with cognitive and physical impairments and gain hands-on experience with supervised practicum experience.


In this program, students will learn how to enhance their clients’ quality of life through leisure activities. The program will prepare students to work with a variety of client groups in different care settings.


  • High School Graduate or equivalent OR mature student status (19 years or older prior to starting the program)
  • Meet one of the following English Language Proficiency requirements:
    • Minimum Grade 12 English (Domestic Students)

Overall IELTS 5.0, CLB Level 5, Duolingo score of 75-80, OR ECC test score of 55/100


  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Person-Centred Care
  • Introduction to Practice
  • Practical Approach to Dementia
  • Lifestyle and Leisure Education
  • Basic Program Facilitation
  • Food Safety Level 1
  • Standard First Aid with CPR Level C
  • Provincial Violence Prevention
  • Career and Employment Strategies
  • Work Experience (Practicum)


Upon completion of the program, graduates are qualified to work in any of the following health care areas:

  • Long-term care facilities
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Group homes
  • Adult day care centres

Graduates will be eligible to pursue the following jobs:

  • Activity Aide
  • Activity Worker
  • Activity Assistant
  • Activity Leader
  • Recreation Aide
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Recreation Worker

Median Wage: $25.83
NOC: 3414