Recreation Nova Scotia


Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation in Nova Scotia



The new Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation in Nova Scotia clarifies a vision and set of priorities reflecting the aspirations and broader potential of the province’s recreation sector and is intended to strengthen alignment of plans and facilitate more opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing. It was endorsed by Hon. Leo Glavine, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Health and Wellness and the Recreation Nova Scotia Board of Directors, and was subject of a resolution at the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities.

The Shared Strategy for Advancing Recreation in Nova Scotia is collaborative strategy that was developed by Recreation Nova Scotia and the Department of Health and Wellness. This Shared Strategy builds upon Pathways to Wellbeing – A Framework for Recreation in Canada, a national strategy that was endorsed by provincial and territorial ministers in February 2015. Framework was jointly created by the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association and the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council.

Some of the highlights to share are:

  • The Project Charter was signed between RNS and Dept of Health & Wellness at RNS conference in Cape Breton, October 2013
  • Due to parallel processes, the Nova Scotia Shared Strategy uses the Pathways to Wellbeing – A Framework for Recreation (FRC) endorsed by F/P/T minister in February 2015 as its foundation
  • Nova Scotia is the first province in Canada to advance the FRC by making the framework the basis for our provincial strategy.
  • What is interesting and what has also been a challenge with the Shared Strategy is the word SHARED;  It is not common practice, for government and a sector to work together in the creation of a document like this. It means that the recreation sector, RNS and government all have a responsibility to advance the strategy and ensure it is used as a priority setting and direction setting document. The “shared” component is something that we are all going to have to work to remember.
  • Brendon Smithson started with the branch two weeks ago as an Active Living Consultant – Recreation. He has responsibility for working with the sector and RNS to advance the Shared Strategy (and Framework for Recreation in Canada) to implementation.
  • Brendon will be visiting each region to highlight the Shared Strategy, to talk AND listen on how we all move to implementation, the establishment of a team to provide leadership and the convening of a summit at the RNS conference in October 2016

Larry Maxwell, Regional Representative – Cape Breton, Active Living Branch NS Department of Health and Wellness

Ph 563.2380 / Fx 563.2565 /

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