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Recreation & Sport Definition 

Recreation and sport provide critical foundations for our quality of life and wellbeing. This direct link between sport and recreation underlines the high priority physical activity has in New Brunswick’s recreation and sport delivery system.

Defining recreation and sport involves making choices. No definition can capture every aspect. New Brunswick supports the definitions of recreation and sport found in the Framework for Recreation in Canada and the Canadian Sport Policy because they are broad and inclusive.

This policy framework also highlights the distinction between the recreation and sport delivery system and system stakeholders. This distinction is key to understanding New Brunswick’s vision for the future. This policy framework positions the recreation and sport delivery system as a multi-use tool to be used by various individuals and groups to achieve a wide range of goals.


is the experience that results from freely chosen participation in physical, social, intellectual, creative and spiritual pursuits that enhance individual and community wellbeing.


is a particular form of recreation requiring a combination of physical, technical, tactical and mental skills. Persons of all ages, stages and skill levels are welcomed to participate and are inspired to improve. 

New Brunswick's recreation and sport  delivery system is based on principles and values of the highest standards, including those set out in the Framework for Recreation in Canada and the Canadian Sport Policy, and those defined by the aspirations of New Brunswick’s systems partners and stakeholders.

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