Congratulations to this year’s new and re-verified HIGH FIVE®® Accredited Organizations!


TORONTO, ON (February 5, 2019) – HIGH FIVE Accreditation is the highest recognized level of quality and safety in children’s sport and recreation in Canada. Organizations that have achieved Accreditation have been registered with HIGH FIVE for at least three years and are distinguished by their focus on healthy child development in all aspects of their operation, from programming to policies and risk management. Developed by Parks and Recreation Ontario, HIGH FIVE is a nationally-recognized quality standard for recreation and sport programs.

Today, Parks and Recreation Ontario extends its warmest congratulations to 17 organizations, representing the largest number of new and re-verified Accredited Organizations in a single year since the creation of the accreditation process in 2006. “This is a remarkable milestone for HIGH FIVE” says Cathy Denyer, CEO of Parks and Recreation Ontario. “We couldn’t be more proud to say that so many organizations share a common commitment to quality recreation programs. These organizations serve over 250,000 children and include the first Accredited Organization outside of Ontario. Their dedication to healthy child development is commendable and helps ensure the well-being of their communities for years to come.”

Newly Accredited Organizations

Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa

Kinbridge Community Association

City of Toronto

City of Windsor

City of Barrie

City of St. John’s, Newfoundland

Re-verified Organizations

Boys and Girls Club of Durham

PSP Petawawa Community Recreation

Boys and Girls Club of Great Kingston & Area

Town of Ajax

Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes       

Town of Bracebridge

City of Hamilton

Town of Halton Hills

East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club

Town of Oakville

Municipality of Port Hope



HIGH FIVE is Canada’s comprehensive quality standard for children’s programs and holds true to the following five Principles of healthy child development that our research indicates are essential for providing a positive experience for kids: A Caring Adult, Friends, Play, Mastery and Participation. HIGH FIVE consists of Training and Development, Program Assessments, Policies/Procedures, and Awareness. 

About Parks and Recreation Ontario:
Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) is a non-profit membership association that advances the health, social and environmental benefits of quality recreation and parks through evidence-based practices, resources and collaborative partnerships.

For more information please contact: Pari Rajagopalan, Public Policy and Communications Coordinator, Parks and Recreation Ontario, 416-426-7178