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BIG NEWS - Call For Applications: Active Transportation Fund

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Recently, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, launched a call for applications for new projects that will support the Active Transportation Fund.

The $400 million Active Transportation Fund is now accepting applications from eligible applicants who wish to help build new and expanded networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges. Funding is available for planning projects as well as capital projects.

Learn more: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/trans/active-actif-eng.html

COVID Update

Starting Monday, February 7, restrictions are easing for sports practices and arts and culture rehearsals. All other restrictions will remain in place until February 14.

“Being cautious has served us well throughout the pandemic and we’re continuing that approach as we develop plans to gradually ease restrictions,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia. “We’re taking this initial step because we recognize the physical and mental health benefits of having full sports practices and rehearsals for arts and culture performances.”

Sports practices and rehearsals for arts and culture performances can have up to 25 people indoors and 50 outdoors. They cannot have multiple groups, games or performances. Spectators are still not permitted.

Decisions about gradually easing other restrictions will be announced soon. Current restrictions are listed at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ .

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Check out the most recent employment opportunities

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  • The Adventure Earth Centre, operated by the Halifax Regional Municipality is currently seeking spring and summer staff (students welcome to apply)
  • The Village of Port Williams is hiring a Director of Recreation and Community Development
  • The Regions of Queens Municipality is hiring a Municipal Physical Activity Leadership (MPAL) Coordinator
  • Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) is looking for a Recreation Navigator Volunteer

Learn more

Registration Delay - 2022 ARFC

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COVID-19 continues to impact all of us, from how we work to how we conduct our daily lives. The Omicron variant is no different. The planning committee for the 2022 ARFC scheduled to take place May 18-20th in St. John’s, NL is monitoring the current situation and aiming to continue to offer an in-person event.

We have heard from our members that they are very much looking forward to having in-person professional development again, and we are crossing all of our fingers hoping we’ll be able to make this happen in the spring.

Given the current restrictions throughout our region, we are delaying the registration for this event and following the lead of Public Health and hoping this latest wave will have crested in the coming weeks. Your health is our highest priority. We will let you know when we'll be opening the online registration system soon, but for now, please join us in keeping our world safe.

We are immensely proud of the resilience, flexibility, and professional ism of those who work in our sector. You have stayed focused on delivering for your communities and partners during this difficult time. We are equally appreciative of the support of our members and partners. Rest assured, we are working hard on your behalf to ensure we can meet safely in St. John’s, May 18-20th, 2022!

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East Preston Active Transportation Project - Read the full story!

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In July 2021, a funding announcement from three levels of government was met with great enthusiasm in East Preston and beyond as a new 1.3km active transportation trail has been given the green light. The trail will connect the daycare and recreation centre and provide much needed safe, accessible, active transportation in the area.

RNS caught up with a few people involved in the journey to learn how they got to this point, what this achievement means, and what still needs to be done. Read the full story.

Online Info Session on CPRA's Youth Employment Grants

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Recreation Nova Scotia will be hosting online information and skills sessions regarding the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association’s youth employment grants on three dates:
  • Thursday January 13, 1:00pm-2:30pm
  • Thursday January 27, 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Wednesday February 2nd, 10:30am-12:00pm

For more information, or to register for a session, email Anjeanette LeMay at