Joint Use Agreements

The BCRPA is pleased to announce the release of the Joint Use Agreement Guide. The BCRPA and the Ministry of Education worked together to create the Joint Use Agreement Guide, which includes checklists, templates and information on legal considerations to help facilitate reciprocal agreements between schools and facilities.   
The Guide can be found on the Ministry of Education website or view them below:

Guidelines for Shared Use Agreement

Shared Use Agreement Checklist

User Agreement Checklist

License Agreement Checklist

Sample User Agreement

Addressing the After School Hours

The BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) was contracted by the Public Health Association of Canada (PHAC) to conduct an environmental scan of after-school programming outside of licensed childcare for children aged 6 to 12 years old in British Columbia. The critical after-school hours are defined as 3 - 6 PM.

This scan is comprised of research, an online survey and interviews with provincial stakeholders to assess the strengths of after-school programming, what gaps need to be addressed and recommendations for future work in this area.

To view a copy of the environmental scan, Addressing the After-School Hours, click here.

For more information, contact education(at)


Sport and Recreation Integration Project

The BCRPA has committed to help create stronger relationships among community sport groups and municipal recreation departments through the Sport and Recreation Integration Project.  The first phase of the project included regular meetings with a Task Group during the spring of 2007 which lead to a half day task group workshop in June 2008.  Through this workshop the participants were able to define the goals of the project and identify challenges and opportunities that existed.  They then took this one step further by identifying and prioritizing strategies that could address some of the challenges.  At the end of the process there was a clear understanding that further stakeholder engagement was needed as the Task Group as a whole made up only a small sampling of the stakeholders involved in this process.  Thus, it was determined that targeted interviews with grass roots level representatives would be undertaken in Phase Two A. 

BCRPA working with BC Ministry of Education on Daily Physical Activity Requirement

BCRPA is working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education to determine how community recreation organizations can work with secondary schools to support students in meeting their Daily Physical Activity (DPA) requirement. The DPA was mandated for students starting in September 2008 across the province.

Seed Grant Communities (February – June 2009)

DPA Planning Grants were small funding opportunities (up to $2,000) intended to be stepping-stone funds to support cooperation between community recreation organizations and secondary schools. The purpose of the grants were to bring stakeholders together to discuss, learn and plan for cooperative action to increase access to physical activity opportunities for grade 10-12 students.


Pilot Communities (February – June 2008)

Seven communities partook in the pilot projects to provide grade 10-12 students with the opportunity to meet the requirements of DPA through existing or newly created programming provided by the community recreation centres. The pilots provided an opportunity for the BCRPA’s members to strengthen their connections with the education sector and helped to identify opportunities for the community recreation centres to participate in DPA on a broader scale.


For more information on DPA please visit: