Holiday Contest Winner!
Big CONGRATULATIONS to the draw prize winner of two complimentary registrations to ORFA's Outdoor Ice Symposium Jan 23-24, 2024!

The winning member will be posted to our Facebook page early next week once confirmed:
Calling all Writers and Content Creators!
We're excited to give members the opportunity to showcase your talent and share your stories with our vibrant community.

Whether it's a captivating project, a team transformation, or any inspiring topic you believe is worth sharing, the F2F is your platform to shine.
If you're interested please email the communications department to request a copy of the Article Submission Criteria. We can't wait to read your submissions and feature them in our upcoming edition!
As a sponsor, you'll have the unique chance to connect with a diverse audience, forge valuable partnerships, and make a lasting impact on the industry. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to shine - secure your sponsorship today!
The countdown has begun for the 2024 Tradeshow and we only have 21 booths left! Don't miss out on this golden opportunity to showcase your brand, network with top professionals and stay ahead of the competition. Act fast, because time is ticking and these booths won't last long.
Get ready to tee off and swing into action! The highly anticipated annual RFABC Golf Tournament is back, and registration is now OPEN! Grab your clubs, secure your spot, and get ready to make some unforgettable memories at the RFABC Golf Tournament!
The highly anticipated 2024 Conference is just around the corner, and you won't want to miss out.

This year, we've extended the Aquatics Sessions providing recreation professionals a full program dedicated to improving pool operations at your facility!
Mark your calendars for late January when delegate registration opens up.
Get ready to shine the spotlight on your exceptional superstars! Recognize those remarkable leaders and team players who have made a significant impact on your organization. Show them the appreciation they deserve! Stay tuned as nominations open towards the end of January. Get ready to celebrate success like never before!
Measuring the Impact of SPAR in Canada

Discover how strategic SPAR investments can significantly uplift our communities and help Canada achieve its national goals.

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Burnaby council approves giant $240M pool, arena...

Councillors in Burnaby BC approved a new plan for the Burnaby Lake Recreation Complex replacement for $54 million more than originally budgeted.

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Trail and Rossland Sign Recreation Agreement for 2024 -...

In a move towards continued regional collaboration, the cities of Trail and Rossland have reached a Trail Resident Program (TRP) recreation services agreement for one year that would come into effect Jan. 1, 2024. This agreement marks a...

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Revelstoke council looks to dial in new $1M mountain...

Area in Centennial Park being considered for paved pump track

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City of Port Alberni partners with Matthews West...

City purchased the former Somass Sawmill site back in 2021

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Shooting for a better range on the range

Hallis Lake's biathlon facility gets a shot in the arm for BC Games

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Vernon explains coming recreation fee and access changes

The Vernon Resident Program, a two-tiered user fee and program access structure, takes effect Jan. 1

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Chilliwack supersizes its racquet sports facility plans

City also plotting purchase of land for north Sardis park, budget documents reveal

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Nanaimo's free shower program gets increased funding for ...

City staff will look for long-term permanent locations for the program serving unhoused population

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Share, Teach, Inspire
Are you passionate about sharing your knowledge and expertise?

Do you want to make a difference in improving recreation facilities?

We are expanding our team and looking for dedicated professionals like you to join us as instructors.

The 2024 Training Schedule is Growing!
Pool Operator

Level 1
  • Jan 7 - 21, 2024
  • Feb 4 - 18, 2024

Level 2
  • Jan 21 - Feb 4, 2024
  • Feb 18 - Mar 3, 2024
Pool Operator
Level 1

Tournament Capital Centre

  • Jan 27-28, 2024

Killarney Community Centre

  • Mar 2-3, 2024
Chlorine Safe Handling

Killarney Community Centre

  • Mar 8, 2024

Refrigeration Safety Awareness

Minoru Centre for Active Living

  • Jan 29, 2024
Ice Facility Operator

Killarney Community Centre

  • Feb 5-9, 2024

Building Service Worker Level 1

New Westminster
Queen's Park Arena

  • Feb 24-25, 2024
Leisure Development
> Facility Module

Vance Creek Hotel & Conference Centre

  • June 5-9, 2024
BC Indigenous Provincial Athlete Development Camps 2024

I∙SPARC is pleased to announce three Athlete Development Camps happening in the first quarter of 2024. These events have been strategically established to support Indigenous athlete development in sports featured in the North American Indigenous...

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The City of Brampton, Ontario, conducted a Net Zero feasibility study for a 25-year-old community building with three indoor swimming pools. The study identified two potential low-carbon scenarios, one with deep retrofits and one with low-cost measures.

“You can’t do an audit or a study on every building, so you must take a prioritized approach,” said Junaid Khan, Supervisor, Energy Management, City of Brampton.

Read the Green Municipals Fund's short case study to learn more about the study's results and recommendations based on the process:
The Ontario Recreation Facilities Association is hosting a two-day outdoor ice event that will focus on the opportunities and challenges of offering outdoor ice-skating experiences. The symposium will focus on how different communities are approaching this type of operation.

ORFA is offering RFABC members the ORFA member rate with their registrations!

Visit the registration link below and type in the code:
Parks Professional Pathways
February 28 & 29, 2024
Coast Hotel and Convention Centre
Langley (20393 Fraser Hwy, Langley)

Flip through the Program Guide to register and for more information.
WorkSafeBC is holding a virtual public hearing on January 10, 2024 on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. This includes proposed amendments to Part 5 relating to emergency planning.
This consultation phase is an opportunity to provide feedback, which will be carefully reviewed, before the proposed amendments are finalized. Materials for the proposed amendments and instructions on providing feedback, including how to participate at the public hearing, can be viewed by clicking on the following link:
Written feedback will be also accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday January 12, 2024.
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