Design of the new complex is being driven by extensive research and benchmarking of systems and processes. Over the past two years, the RA has been exploring, evaluating and validating current facility models. This research, supported through an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant, allowed the RA to better understand how physical design, program and equipment contribute to the principles of Physical Literacy and Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity (LTD). As described in LTD, the principle of  “Quality Sport & Physical Activity” occurs at the intersection of excellence, physical literacy and active for life.

The new complex will provide a comprehensive set of services that do not currently exist in one location anywhere in the country.


Canadian Sport for Life & Rehabilitation Centre

We have temporarily named the project, The Canadian Sport for Life & Rehabilitation Centre. This facility will be innovative and unique in three areas. It will be the first facility that utilizes a Physical Literacy lens and framework to inform the architectural design of the structure. It will be the first to integrate aspects of Health Care programs and services into sport, recreation and fitness spaces to leverage economies of scale and improve resource utilization. It will be economically and environmentally sustainable. The critical aspect of financial sustainability is the alignment and offerings of these two segments to leverage such things as complimentary traffic times and infrastructure to support their respective operation. 

Canadian Sport for Life & Rehabilitation Centre



  • 200m indoor track floating above 14,000 sq. ft. conditioning floor with consultation & treatment bays
  • Natatorium including a 50m FINA sanctioned pool and 2 therapeutic/rehab pools
  • 2 NBA size multi-purpose gymnasiums 
  • Inviting and interactive public spaces
  • Green roof
  • Event & Conference spaces
  • Restaurant & Café
  • RA Play Spaces - Preserved and Enhanced


  • Principles of Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity at the forefront of the design
  • Integration of recreation, sport, fitness & healthcare 
  • Carbon neutral
  • Facilitates movement
  • Support a multitude of activities
  • Event hosting
  • Inclusive, collaborative design providing opportunities for all


Read the article published in the December 2019 RA News (in PDF).