ANNOUNCEMENT: Notification of Cessation of LIN Services

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Please distribute widely to your networks and share your thoughts in the comments below.

A Message from the LIN Board of Directors

To our users, partners, funders and sector colleagues,

We regret to inform you that after careful consideration, negotiation with sector partners and a variety of fundraising endeavours, the Leisure Information Network is no longer able to secure the funding needed to maintain and grow the National Recreation Database and our suite of information web resources.

As a result, LIN will wind down its operations ending September 30, 2017.

Our ability to remain active in the coming months is due to a financial contribution from the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council (ISRC). We thank them for this support which will also allow our web portals LIN.ca, ActiveAfterSchool.ca, Benefitshub.ca and Northernlinks.org to remain accessible until December 31, 2017.

For over 20 years LIN has been proud to serve as the steward for Canada’s recreation knowledge trust, but after a long period of dwindling financial support and the new reality of grants that support project work but not central operations, LIN is depleted and can no longer sustain and grow our communal dataset, or facilitate the national conversation.

But this conversation remains vital.

The ability to discover and share the kind of research, practical operational information and policy documentation in the National Recreation Database is key to a national conversation on recreation practice and standards, and is listed as a priority in the Framework for Recreation in Canada.It is our hope that the sector will rally together to find a way to ensure this data is not lost, and that the lines of communication remain open and engaged, though LIN is no longer in a financial position to support this work.

To this end we are creating a short survey to ask you, the practitioners, what knowledge development should look like in the recreation sector. This survey will be circulated in the coming weeks and we hope you can find some time in your busy schedules to share your thoughts. Your responses will be used in a final report to share with the sector in the hopes of supporting continued discourse about knowledge development the field of recreation and leisure.

If you have questions, ideas or support you can offer to help move this vision forward please contact us via Kerry Kelly, Executive Director, Leisure Information Network or post your thoughts in the comments below.

We thank you for your support of the Leisure Information Network over the years. It has been our pleasure to support your work in building a healthy active Canada.

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