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The 20th IPA Triennial World Conference in Calgary in September 2017 was a huge success. Visit the conference website here for access to the presentations and videos of the plenary sessions.

At the conference, IPA Canada re-launched its National PlayDay initiative. Click here to view the announcement poster. Click here for more details. WE HAVE 12 PLAYDAYS OCCURRING ACROSS THE COUNTRY THIS WEEK FOR OUR NATIONAL PLAYDAY WHICH IS AUGUST 1ST. CLICK here TO SEE OUR PLAYDAY MAP.

We also announced our National Play Charter initiative at the conference. Click here to view the announcement poster and to view the draft declarations.

Canada has a long association with the International Association. In 1978, Canada hosted the World IPA Congress in Ottawa, Ontario. In 1990, on behalf of the Canadian Council on Children and Youth, the Children's Play Resource Centre in Vancouver undertook to organize and promote IPA Canada.

The current membership is made up of dedicated child advocates from a variety of backgrounds including early childhood education, recreation, teaching, post-secondary institution instruction, research, landscape architecture and playground equipment supply.

In addition to ensuring members receive ongoing communications from IPA and the IPA Journal, IPA Canada also promotes, supports and coordinates a range of play oriented initiatives within the following areas of emphasis:

  • Children’s environments

  • Play leadership

  • Child development through play

  • Toys and play materials

  • Safety and play

  • Children with special needs

  • Organized sports

If you believe that:

  • Play, along with the basic needs of nutrition, health, shelter and education is a vital component for maximizing the growth and development potentials of children;

  • Playing in the family and community results in an improved quality of life, and strengthens a sense of cultural identity;

  • Innovative play environments, animation programs, and playwork fulfill the needs of children and society . . .

Then join us to advance the child's right to play in Canada!





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