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Diploma in Recreation Management in Gerontology George Brown College - Waterfront Campus George Brown College - Waterfront Campus, Canada

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CAD 18065

Annual Tuition Fee

*Subject to change and other fees
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CAD 110

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24 months


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Program Overview

The Recreation Management in Gerontology (C152) diploma program will teach you the specialized skills you need to work with older adults. Over the course of two years, you’ll learn how to design therapeutic activity programs for older adults that consider the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual perspectives of the aging process. This is a well-established and industry-respected program that has been training students in the field for over 30 years.

You’ll learn to develop strong interpersonal communication skills that will support your ability to work with people across different life stages—an essential aspect of this job. You will also develop effective business communication skills that will help prepare you to co-ordinate and manage physical, financial and human resources of a recreation department.

You’ll study the science and theory behind aging and will take an in-depth look at the biological changes of aging. You will gain an understanding of diseases often related to aging, like Alzheimer's. This program will provide you with new ways of thinking about dementia and innovative ways of meeting the needs of those in your care using the DementiAbilitiy methods. In addition, you will have the opportunity to explore complementary and alternative therapies and examine perspectives about end-of-life care.

You will have hands-on training to practise and apply what you are learning both on-site at our nearly 24,000+-square-foot Simulation Centre facility, and off-site with one of our 600+ field placement partners.

We will prepare you for a career in a health-care setting by using the latest industry software. You will learn proper documentation techniques and how to use comprehensive care planning tools such as Resident Assessment Instrument – Minimum Data Set (RAI-MDS) training.

This long-standing program will equip you with the skills you need to successfully create and deliver innovative, specialized therapeutic recreational programs for older adults in a variety of settings that include long-term care facilities, retirement homes, hospitals, community-based service agencies and adult day programs.

Apply to this program if you are energetic, organized, creative, and enjoy working with older adults and want a rewarding career.

Your Field Education Options
Field education, also known as work-integrated learning, plays an important role in this Recreation Management in Gerontology program by integrating theoretical learning with practical experience in a workplace setting. Field education is offered in each semester, with each experience building on the previous one.

You can expect to complete your field placements in a variety of health-care settings and with older adults of differing needs and abilities.

Program Learning Outcomes
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Function effectively as a member of an inter-professional team in the development and provision of health-promoting and life-enhancing services and programs for older adults.
  • Accurately and comprehensively assess and record the ongoing needs of the older adult using a variety of widely used electronic systems.
  • Develop, coordinate, deliver and evaluate a variety of services/programs that enhance clients’ level of functioning and quality of life by applying relevant research and theory to practice.
  • Apply appropriate health and safety protocols in order to protect the health, safety and well-being of their clients, their co-workers and themselves.
  • Communicate effectively using a variety of therapeutic techniques and in adherence with privacy and freedom of information legislation.
  • Identify, select and use appropriate professional and community resources to meet the needs of the older adult.
  • Ensure programs operate in compliance with relevant policy, legislation and standards of practice for services to older adults in a variety of settings.
  • Establish and maintain professional and ethical standards in the field of activation gerontology as set out by relevant professional bodies.
  • Promote accessible, inclusive and responsive programs and services by recognizing the diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families and communities.
  • Manage physical, financial and human resources in order to effectively coordinate services for older adults.
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Additional Information

Program Level UG Certificate / Diploma

College/University Processing Time 42 Days

Program Format Full-Time

Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) work permit

Program Intake


Sep 2024

General Admission Requirement

    • Minimum Overall Score - 6.0 - With No Band Less Than - 5.5
    • Minimum Overall Score - 80 - With no score less than - 20
  • PTE
    • Minimum Overall Score - 54 - With no score less than - 50
    • Minimum Overall Score - 105.0  

Academic Requirement

  • Minimum Level of Education Required: To be accepted into this program, applicants must have Grade 12 / High School Diplom or equivalent including the following required course(s):
    • Grade 12 English (C ) or (U) with a minimum grade of 60 per cent
    • Attending an information session is highly recommended.

6 IELTS Score
80 TOEFL Score Minimum Overall Score
54 PTE Score Minimum Overall Score
105 Duolingo Minimum Overall Score
60% CGPA Minimum Overall Score

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Tuition Fee

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Average Tuition Fee Per Year


Tuition Fee

CAD 110

Application Fee

12000 Per year

Average Cost of Living

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Scholarships for international students

International students who apply for a 2024 spring or fall semester program on or after March 27 may be eligible.


Apply to GBC for scholarship

New international students with a valid study permit and current George Brown College (GBC) international students applying for a second program may be eligible for a $1,500 one-time scholarship. This financial support is available to the following students applying to start full-time studies:


  • New international students applying for a 2024 spring or fall semester program
  • Current GBC students applying to start a second program in the 2024 spring or fall semester

Please be advised that the number of eligible applicants may exceed the funding for these one-time scholarships. If eligible applications exceed the funds available, scholarships will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis based on the time of acceptance and payment.



The scholarship is available to international students with valid study permits starting in any 2024 spring or fall semester full-time program except English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Eligible applicants who apply on or after March 27 will automatically be considered for the scholarship.

You are eligible for a $1,500 scholarship if the following describes your study status:


I am a new international applicant

You are a new international applicant with a valid study permit who applied to GBC on or after March 27, 2024, for a May 2024 or September 2024 start.


  • You are currently studying at another Canadian college or university (public or private) and want to transfer to GBC.
  • You are currently studying in Canada and want to apply for a GBC program.
  • You have completed an English language program through a GBC partner.
  • You are completing a high school program in Canada.



I am a current GBC student applying for a second program

You are a current international student at GBC with a valid study permit and have applied for another GBC program with a May 2024 or September 2024 start.


  • You are a current student and have submitted a new application for another GBC program starting in May or September after completing your current GBC program.
  • You are a current English for Academic Purposes (EAP) student starting a new post-secondary program immediately after completing your current program. (To be eligible, students must complete the required level for the new program.)

Terms and conditions

The following terms and conditions govern the awarding and administration of George Brown College's new international student scholarship, designed for applicants who applied for admission on or after March 27, 2024, with a valid study permit or current students taking a second (or subsequent) program at the college, within two terms of completing a first program.

Eligible programs
  • Valid for all post-secondary programs  
  • Not available for applicants entering EAP

Valid intakes
  • May 2024
  • September 2024

Amount of award
  • $1,500 one-time payment posted to the student’s account


Method of application

No application for the scholarship is required. The scholarship is assessed upon application and awarded automatically to registered students (day 10) who meet eligibility criteria.   

Method of award

Funds will be awarded once and applied directly to the student’s account (tuition fee balance) after day 10 of the first semester of study.



New international applicants* with a valid study permit or letter of introduction (LOI) at the time of application who applied to a George Brown for May 2024 or September 2024 intake on or after March 27, 2024.

*International fee-paying students

  • Applicants who applied to George Brown on or after March 27, 2024.
  • Paying international fees.
  • Not a current GBC student.
  • The student had a valid study permit or maintained status for a study permit or LOI when submitting their application to George Brown College.
  • A valid study permit / LOI must be uploaded when the Offer of Admission (LOA) is accepted.  
  • Must be a registered student with a full-time course load.
  • The scholarship will be rescinded if the student withdraws.
  • Scholarship recipients are required to provide their ITN for T4A tax reporting purposes as mandated by the government. Students who do not provide this information will have the scholarship revoked by the end of semester one.

Not eligible: Anyone eligible for domestic fees.





  • Current GBC international student applying for admission to a second or subsequent program (submitting a new application to a program after completing their current GBC program).
  • Current English for Academic Purposes (EAP) student starting a new post-secondary program immediately upon completion of EAP. The EAP student must complete the required level for the new program to be eligible.
  • Only students who have applied to a new, second program that starts within two terms of their graduation from their first program.
  • Not valid for current students switching programs in the same or different intake.
  • Not valid for students moving to a connected program and starting an upper semester. (e.g. moving from a two-year to a three-year)
  • Student must be in good standing with no holds on their account.
  • Must be starting the second program in semester one.  
  • Must be a registered student with a full-time course load.
  • Not valid for students who are taking repeat semesters.
  • The scholarship will be rescinded if the student withdraws.

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