Recreational therapy aides may work in acute care, rehabilitation centers, long term care homes, mental health care, addiction services, correctional facilities, community-based programs private practice, etc.
$12.71 – $29.40
$24,785 – $57,322
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Activationist - health support services
Activities co-ordinator - health support services
Activity aide - health support services
Activity leader - seniors
Activity worker - health support services
Recreation aide - health services
Recreation therapist aide
Recreation therapy assistant
Recreational therapy aide
Therapeutic recreation aide
Therapeutic recreation assistant
A recreational therapy aide certificate, Diploma in Social Services or Recreation. Certificate/degree requirement may be exempt by experience or Health Care Aide certificate.
$12.71 - $29.40
$24,785 - $57,322
Employment outlook is good to fair in most provinces. More information are available here.
Without further education, opportunities for advancement are limited. With education one can become a certified recreational therapist.
Minimum 0-2 years
Recreational therapy aide/assistant certificate program is available at various colleges across Canada. Examples include: Bow Valley College, CDI College, Lethbridge College, St. Lawrence College, Georgian College, and many other options and further information can be found here.
A list of institutions in Canada offering diploma programs can be available here.
Kind; sympathetic; critical thinking skills; steller people skills, enjoy working with seniors and persons with disabilities, leadership skills, organizational skills, able to take part in physical activities, strong interest in leisure and wellness activities, Recreation therapy aides often take part in activities requiring above-average strength and stamina; Class-4 driving license is often required; CPR/First Aid certification, immunization records are needed. Experience in sports, music, arts are assets.
This is not regulated by the national or provincial government approved regulatory body. Some aides work shifts that include evenings and weekends. Registration with a provincial body of therapeutic recreation such as TRO can be obtain but not required for jobs usually.
IMGs can get admitted into a recreational therapy aide program and obtain a certificate as well as can have some volunteer experiences in health care settings. Following that such position can be obtained.