Recreational Therapy


The recreational therapy job description includes assessing, treating and rehabilitating individuals with specific health conditions, usually in conjunction or collaboration with interprofessional teams comprised of physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, etc.

The recreation therapy intern is responsible for assessing clients, establishing mutually agreed upon treatment plans which may include 1:1 interventions, small group or large group interventions and some team duties. Typically, the recreational therapist and intern will provide leisure education counselling, recreational activities and leisure skill development opportunities.

Education program

Recreational Therapy internships will vary by description depending on the areas of speciality. Interested students should contact the recreational therapist in the specific area prior to applying.

The internships are available in the following areas:

  • Geriatric Day Hospital/Ambulatory Geriatric Services
  • Progressive Care and Rehabilitation Unit (5 west)
  • Reactivation Care Centre, 2111 Finch Avenue West, 6 West
  • Adult/Geriatric Mental Health (you must be enrolled in a degree program to apply).

Seeking a placement

Interested students should contact the recreational therapist in the specific area to inquire.

Recreation therapy service areas:

Starting a placement
Placement prerequisites

The following prerequisites are required in order for a student to start a placement at North York General Hospital:
  • Mask fit testing
    You must have completed mask fit testing within the past 24 months. The following information will be requested upon registration:
    Date mask fitted
    Location mask fitted

  • Immunizations
    Your immunizations need to be up to date. This includes a TB test within the past 12 months. The hospital is not responsible for any expenses relating to immunization requirements. Students will not be allowed to start a placement without proper documentation. Seasonal influenza immunizations are highly recommended. Your rotation or placement may be affected if this is missing.

    If you are a student in a graduate program and have not provided your institution with documentation regarding immunizations, you must bring this with you on or prior to your first day of placement.

    You will be asked to confirm your immunization status as well as your TB test results during the registration process.
    Immunization form

  • Workplace insurance

    Institutional Workplace Insurance Agreement
    The students from publically funded Ontario colleges and universities are covered for workplace injuries through a program from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. If you are from one of these academic
    institutions you do not need to do anything else.

    Private workplace insurance
    This applies to the following:
    • Out of province students
    • Students from private institutions
    • Students in a practicum placement following completion of their academic studies

    Bring certificate of coverage on Day 1

    Not applicable
    • Observers
    • Students paid by NYGH

  • Vulnerable sector screen
    Vulnerable sector screen must be completed within the past 12 months for all students and must be submitted to your academic institution. If you have not provided the completed screen to your academic institution, you must bring it in on Day 1 of your placement.

    If your screen has positive findings, please notify us before your placement, as conditions of your placement will need to be reviewed.

  • Mandatory training
    All mandatory training modules must be completed prior to the first day of your rotation. You will be asked to verify that you have completed the online modules including date of completion as part of your registration process. The modules are also available on the registration pages.

Prior to first day
Online registration
All students must register for their placement through the Centre for Education .You will receive a link to our registration system upon approval of your placement.

Online mandatory training
The online mandatory training program is designed in compliance with provincial legislation and to provide you with knowledge of our programs, services and policies.

On the first day

Bring with you:
Registration documents
  • Mask fit record
  • Completed immunization form
  • Completed vulnerable sector screen
  • Workplace insurance – if applicable

Government issued photo ID — This is required in order for you to receive a hospital ID. The Badge Office is located at the General site on the east wing, ground floor besides shipping. Hours of operation are 10-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-2 p.m., Monday to Friday. If you are a student at the Branson Ambulatory Care Centre, you may want to receive your badge a couple of days earlier to not affect your placement time.

Payment for parking (if applicable) — Monthly costs of $60 (debit or credit card accepted). Daily rates are also available by contacting the parking office. Parking at the hospital is available in the Staff Parking Lot. Please park in Visitors Parking on your first day, once you pay for your monthly pass, your parking ticket for that day will be validated. The Parking Office is located at the parking deck, ground level, adjacent to the exit gates. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.


Mary Ellen McGeachie
Ambulatory Geriatric Services (part-time program)
Tel: 416-756-6050 x8041

Jackie Marcoux
Progressive Care and Rehabilitation Unit (5 west)
Tel: 416-756-6608 or 6635

Reactivation Care Centre – ALC
2111 Finch Avenue West, 6 West
Priya Mistry

Elisa Lerman
Adult Mental Health/Inpatient Psychiatry
Tel: 416-756-6649

Centre for Education

Ann Bickram
Education Coordinator, Nursing, Health Professions, Administrative & Operational
Centre for Education, 6 North–Room 630
North York General Hospital
4001 Leslie Street
Toronto ON M2K 1E1
Tel: 416-756-6000 x4805

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