What will I learn?

Confederation College’s Recreation Therapy program will give you the skills and knowledge you’ll need to plan, implement and evaluate a wide range of leisure services for children, adolescents and adults who experience barriers to a healthy leisure lifestyle. You will learn how to work with individuals and groups of all ages to assess their needs and interests so you can encourage independent and personally fulfilling leisure lifestyles. Coursework includes therapeutic recreation, developmental psychology, program and event planning, communications for community services, marketing and public relations, treatment and adaptive technology and recreation facilities.


  • Field placement and internship enhance in-class learning by providing hands-on experience
  • Graduates will be able to join Therapeutic Recreation Ontario, a professional organization designed to support members of this growing field
  • Program is offered as an accelerated program for those who have graduated from the Recreation and Leisure Services program

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Recreation Therapy program find work in a variety of settings including hospitals, retirement homes, supportive housing complexes, correctional centres, rehabilitation/treatment centres, government agencies, long term care centres, community non-profit agencies, developmental disability service providers, school and inclusion service agencies.

Which department am I in?

School of Health, Negahneewin and Community Services

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,009.00 (US$ 12,467) per year
Start date

September 2022


Confederation College

Thunder Bay Campus,

1450 Nakina Drive,


Ontario (ON),

P7C 4W1, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

  • A high school/senior secondary diploma. Original transcripts as well as a notarized, translated copy must be provided where applicable

English Language Requirement:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79
  • Academic IELTS: 6.0, no band lower than 5.5, except for students from India who must have no band lower than 6.0 to meet SDS requirements.
  • PTE-A: 54 (no communicative skill lower than 50)


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