The association represents the interests and need of all Recreation Therapists across the country.  Recreation Therapists are allied health professionals who work in a variety of health care settings. Recreation Therapists use forms of recreation, leisure, and play as treatment modalities to support purposeful and meaningful interventions that are based on individual strengths and values, and are guided by assessments. These health care professionals utilize the APIED (Assess, Plan, Implement, Evaluate, and Document) process to direct service delivery.

CTRA came into existence with grass-roots support from across the country, and was incorporated in August of 1996. Professionals from across the country with different educational backgrounds and settings recognized the need of an organization to unite therapeutic recreation practitioners across the country. As a result, CTRA now has grown its membership base to 998 members in 2019.

Vision Statement

COMING SOON: We are developing a new vision statement to align with our 2024-2029 strategic plan. We will look forward to sharing with you, our new direction once it is approved by the Board of Directors.

Mission Statement


COMING SOON: We are developing a new mission statement to align with our 2024-2029 strategic plan. We will look forward to sharing with you, our new direction once it is approved by the Board of Directors.

Definition Statement

Therapeutic Recreation is a health care profession that utilizes a therapeutic process, involving leisure, recreation and play as a primary tool for each individual to achieve their highest level of independence and quality of life.

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Code of Ethics

The Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association and its members endorse and practice the following ethical principles:

I. Professional Virtues:
Professionals act with integrity, protecting and promoting commitment to their service. Professionals act honestly through complete, accurate and clear communications. They do not misrepresent themselves or the profession. In the practice of fairness, intent and implications of service are explained and services/resources are used equitably and conscientiously. Professionals maintain and enhance their knowledge and skills through educational opportunities.

II. Obligation to the Individual and Society:
In advocating the importance of leisure, recreation and play, professionals are committed to equal opportunity and promote balance between the needs of the individual and the needs of others. Professionals are loyal to and committed to the well-being of the individuals they serve. They maintain privacy and confidentiality of the individual being served by practicing informed consent and seeking permission prior to the release of information.

III. Professional Practices:
Professionals strive to provide quality service based on the highest professional standards, deviating from these only when dictated by the needs of the individual. The purpose, results and implications of treatment practices are explained to the individual, striving to maintain their safety and well-being in a client centered approach.

IV. Responsibilities to Colleagues and the Profession:
Professionals practice mutual respect and work cooperatively for the benefit of those they serve. They practice professional and moral conduct in dealing with ethical issues. The Professional Association acts as a governing body and takes appropriate action against those who behave unethically. Professionals practice continued quality management to improve the profession’s ability to serve society. Professionals seek to improve the profession’s body of knowledge through ethical research and clinical teaching.

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