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Project Grant Application Deadline: October 15, 2016

The Recreation and Physical Activity Division (RPAD) of Alberta Culture and Tourism is pleased to announce the upcoming deadline of October 15, 2016 for our next intake of project grant applications.
The application process will be slightly different this year – RPAD will be asking applicants for a one-page project summary as part of a pre-screening for eligibility in order to reduce the administrative burden for applicants. Eligible applicants will then be asked to submit a full application package.

Program guidelines are available on our Funding Opportunities page. Application forms will be made available in the coming weeks.

Save the Date: RPAD Stakeholders Forum 
Wednesday, October 5, 2016


1:00 pm – 4:30 pm


The afternoon will be an opportunity for sector stakeholders to engage with the Division and  other recreation and active living organizations.


Invitations and session details will be sent out in early September.

Other News

Have Your Say on Canada’s Infrastructure Plan!
The Government of Canada is investing $120 billion over the next 10 years to build strong, inclusive and sustainable communities and they want to hear from you. Phase 1 is already underway, and now the Government of Canada is inviting you to share your views on Phase 2 of Canada’s infrastructure plan.
Visit to provide your feedback in five ways: eWorkbooks, discussion forums, photo and video submissions, written submissions, and community-led events.
The Government of Canada is particularly interested in your thoughts on four important themes:
  • Community Infrastructure, which is about your needs and the infrastructure priorities in your community.
  • Green Infrastructure, which is focused on Canada's ongoing transition to a clean-growth economy.
  • Public Transit Infrastructure, which is geared towards improving and expanding public transit systems in communities across Canada.
  • Social Infrastructure, which is about building stronger communities through social infrastructure projects like affordable housing and cultural and recreational infrastructure.
To join the conversation on the Government of Canada’s infrastructure plan, visit or send a tweet to @INFC_eng using the hashtag #INFRAconsults.

Youth Receive Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

On June 24, 2016 His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex visited Calgary to present 141 young adults with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.  We are so proud to have the opportunity to host such events and to profile the achievements of Alberta youth.

We would like to take this opportunity to recognize all the staff and volunteers in the recreation community who have supported youth in meeting their goals!  Our success can be directly attributed to your ongoing commitment and dedication of youth leadership and development.

For those who are unaware, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth recognition program operating in over a 140 countries. The program encourages youth to be active, to experience the outdoors, to learn new skills, and to volunteer in their communities.  Every youth can achieve the award as the program is non-academic and non-competitive – it’s a personal and adaptable challenge.
Many more youth in our province are already meeting the requirements of the award program through recreation activities, so why not encourage them to join the program and help them receive the recognition they deserve?

For more information on the award program visit:, or our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

Alberta Wilderness Association – A Hike in the Porcupine Hills!

Miraculously dry and sunny skies surrounded a group of hikers while dark thunderstorm clouds threatened every direction around the Porcupine Hills. The group, brought together by the Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA), couldn’t help but smile with satisfaction as they reached a viewpoint at the top of the north hills. Unimpeded by poor weather, the view showed the spine of the Whaleback and impressive mountain ranges beyond. Commentary by the group’s knowledgeable leader resulted in a full day of learning about ancient trees and rare plants.

The Porcupine Hills are a unique and special place and just one of the many wild natural regions AWA hikers visited this summer. Hikers learn about the importance of protecting Alberta’s magnificent landscapes while treading lightly among them. Photographers, naturalists, and wilderness enthusiasts are all welcome to participate in AWA’s annual summer hikes program. A chance to be active and healthy for people, while keeping the landscapes strong and wild – that’s what AWA hikes are all about.

For more information, visit

The Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary!

2016 is the 125th Anniversary of Royal Life Saving Society Foundation. To mark the anniversary year, the Society has established a number of programmes including Survival Swimming—a challenge to all Commonwealth nations to implement and ensure the widespread take up of survival swimming.

In Canada, Swim to Survive® is a proven method to prevent drowning.  The Lifesaving Society advocates for people to learn basic swim survival skills in a global effort to eliminate drowning. Survival swimming is a landmark initiative for the Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth 125thAnniversary in 2016.  

The Lifesaving Society will be awarding 125 RLSS Commonwealth Service Certificates in Alberta and the Northwest Territories to organizations and individuals who provide a Swim to Survive® experience in 2016. 
2016 Drowning Reports
Three new drowning reports are available from the Lifesaving Society Alberta and Northwest Territories Branch including the Canadian Drowning Report 2016 Edition, Alberta Drowning Report 2016 Edition and the NWT Drowning Report 2016 Edition.   The Canadian Drowning Report 2016 Edition was released just prior to National Drowning Prevention Week (July 17-23, 2016).  The major risk factors contributing to why water-related fatalities occurred in Canada remain consistent with those the Lifesaving Society has identified in the past.
Alberta Drowning Report - 2016 Edition 
Canadian Drowning Report - 2016 Edition
NWT Drowning Report - 2016 Edition

The following Water Smart® messages were selected because of the major risk factors presented in the Canadian Drowning Report - 2016 Edition:
  • If you're not within arms' reach, you've gone too far. Always supervise children.
  • Never swim alone.  Always swim with a buddy. 26% of drowning deaths happen when swimming alone.
  • Boat sober. Alcohol consumption is a factor in almost 40% of boating-related fatalities.
  • Choose It. Use It. Always wear a Lifejacket or PFD.
  • Lifejackets don't work if you don't wear them. Not wearing a Lifejacket or PFD was a factor in 82% of boating deaths.
  • Swim to Survive! Swimming is a life skill every child and adult should learn. Learning the essential skills to survive an unexpected fall into deep water is a means to immunize against drowning.
  • It's never too late to learn to swim: It can happen to you, adults drown too. Drowning among older adults is increasing. 


Ever Active Schools Summer Institute - Connecting to Land & Nature Based Learning
Date: August 24-25, 2016
Location: Snow Valley, Edmonton 

Throughout this two day event, participants will discuss the relationship between nature and anxiety, learn about finding nature where they are, link the outdoors to curriculum, and discover what an innovative outdoor play space might look like & how to incorporate healthy risk. Teachers and other delegates will leave empowered to change their practice around land and nature based learning environments. 

Registration & Information

Please join The City of Calgary and the Canadian Branch of the International Play Association as we host an international panel discussion on Unleashing the Power of Play. Hear first-hand the impacts other countries are having on play and learn what the International Play Association has planned for their Triennial Conference in Calgary next September.

This incredible and one-of-a-kind  learning event will highlight the power of play from an international, national and local perspective. Speakers from Australia, Hong Kong, Scotland, England, Wales, United States, Canada and Calgary will share their stories.

When: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM  

Where: Calgary Public Library, Central Branch
616 Macleod Trail SE
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ARPA Conference and Energize Workshop

Each year RPAD partners with ARPA to conduct the Energize Workshop component of the annual ARPA Conference. This year’s conference, themed Charting the Course, will be held at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge from October 20-22, 2016.

Conference information is available on the ARPA website at

The Energize Workshop is an educational and networking forum for elected or appointed officials responsible for recreation at the community level. The workshop is an idea-exchange and knowledge-sharing forum regarding the recreation sector and its contribution to active, healthy and vibrant communities. The Energize Workshop includes a full-day pre-conference working session which will focus on discussing issues, opportunities and topics that impact municipal recreation services. Energize also includes targeted sessions throughout the conference that have also been planned to specifically for elected officials and senior recreation staff.

Perspectives in Exercise Health and Fitness
October 28-30, 2016
Location: Kananaskis, Alberta 

Bringing the latest research to practice, Perspectives in Exercise Health and Fitness draws hundreds of Canada’s most qualified exercise professionals and researchers to exchange ideas, learn and network.

#PEHF provides thirty seminars, presentations and workshops delivered by internationally respected exercise-science researchers and practitioners. Keynote speakers  include Dr. Tim Caulfield,  author of “Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?” and Dr. Stephen Norris, leading sports scientist and former Chief Sport Officer of the Winter Sport Institute.


New Resource Portal from RPAD
RPAD has gathered resources from a variety of sources designed to assist recreation and non profit organizations in the governance and operation of their organization.
Resources are offered for a number of topics including communication, accounting, board development and volunteer attraction and retention.
Go to the RPAD website for resources and further information!

Free Physical Activity Resources

Communities across Alberta are forming Physical Literacy And You (PLAY) groups, where professionals and volunteers are coming together to increase understanding of physical literacy and encourage increased levels of physical activity. Join one of the 12 established groups or learn how to start one in your community. 



Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations

Registration deadline extended until August 29!

Many nonprofit leaders long to take their game to a new level. Executive Directions (XD) is an exciting and successful program designed to grow skills, sharpen focus, and refine leadership style and approach while, at the same time, improve the overall impact of the organization. With over 100 alumni of the program, we invite Executive Directors/CEOs from nonprofit organizations to apply now for the eighth cohort starting in October 2016.

XD offers a multi-faceted approach to leadership development through peer interaction and accountability, valuable expert input, and focused one-on-one coaching. This two-year program blends the latest growth ideas and processes from many sectors, tailoring them to the unique needs of the nonprofit executive. A key innovation of the XD program is its flexibility to uncover and address the participants' individual growth requirements rather than a strict delivery of a pre-set curriculum.

You will think bigger, act bolder, and accomplish more!
New application deadline: Monday, August 29, 2016
For more information contact Leslie Tamagi:
AB Blue Cross Healthy Communities Grant Program

In the interest of promoting wellness and active living, Alberta Blue Cross has launched the Healthy Communities Grant Program. Through this program, Alberta Blue Cross is investing $1 million, over a five-year period, to support and promote active living in communities across Alberta.
Funding for this program comes from the ABC Benefits Corporation Foundation, which was established by Alberta Blue Cross in 1998 in conjunction with its 50th anniversary.
Four $50,000 grants are being awarded each year to support community amenities and facilities that promote active living.
Project examples that support active living could include
  • construction or replacement of children's playgrounds,
  • outdoor adult gyms,
  • cycling paths, and
  • recreational facility improvements.
Click here to learn more

Alberta Recreation Volunteer Recognition Awards

Alberta Culture and Tourism annually recognizes four volunteers who, through their volunteer commitment and dedication, have significantly enhanced the development of recreation in Alberta. Nominations are now closed for the 2016 Recreation Volunteer Recognition Awards which will be presented at the President’s Award Banquet during the ARPA and Energize Conference. To date, 213 outstanding Albertans across the province have been recognized. RPAD would like to thank everyone who submitted nominations this year. Details about the 2017 awards will be announced in spring 2017.

The ARPA Job Board  features opportunities for recreation professionals across Western Canada.

Active Living 
The Provincial Fitness Unit maintains a job board for certified fitness professionals. Please visit their website for their province-wide listing of employment opportunities!

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