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About the RA

A member supported not-for-profit organization, the Recreation Association of the Public Service of Canada (best known as the RA or RA Centre) operates a multi-sport, recreation and leisure facility, conveniently located in the heart of Ottawa. With over 22,000 members, there is no other operation in Ottawa that matches the scope of activities and memberships of the RA. The RA offers over 50 member activities including an extensive range of sports, recreation, fitness and leisure for individuals of all ages. The RA is the destination to add great experiences to your life in a safe environment that values fun, respect and excellence. The RA Centre offers the convenience of an on-site restaurant, coffee shop, outdoor patio, and conference rooms for meetings, weddings and banquets.

Being a member of the RA is like having a home away from home. Members are dedicated, social and fun people seeking a lifestyle that includes health and wellness. The RA community represents the “real” social network by providing sport, recreation, health and meeting opportunities for members and guests. 

The RA is home to the House of Sport – The House of Sport can be described as an innovation centre of sport. The positive synergy and connections gained by a community of distinct organizations working together benefit member organizations and the Canadian sport community. Working under one roof, this collaborative hub creates opportunities for sharing costs, best practices, business development opportunities and communication networks.

The House of Sport project has re-purposed 36,000 square feet of the RA Centre’s west wing and includes town halls, meeting rooms, quiet areas, collaborative spaces and flexible work stations. 

Read more about the House of Sport. 

Mission | Vision | Core Values

Mission Statement

To lead a diverse and innovative network committed to the pursuit and provision of excellent health, recreation, fitness, and sport leadership that strengthens people in the communities we serve.


Vision Statement

The RA will become the “go to” hub in the National Capital Region in the pursuit of lifelong sport, recreation and wellness. 


Our Core Values

Respect Others
Include Everyone
Have Fun
Stay Healthy
Give Back
Stronger Together

RA Members’ Code of Ethics

The RA is an association of members of similar ideals who:

  • Respect people and property.
  • Support the activities to the maximum degree possible.
  • Strive to achieve safe and honourable participation.
  • Take pride in the RA and exhibit sportsmanship.
  • Participate to have fun and be fit.

The Association is committed to providing an environment that is free of violence and harassment for all members, visitors and employees. Copies of the Member Policy relating to Harassment, Discrimination, Violence or Breach of the RA Code of Ethics are available upon request at the Member Services East Desk.

The RA Commits to Creating a Culture of Inclusivity and Diversity.  Read more...