The House of Sport Officially Opens

Ottawa – January 18, 2018 – The Ottawa and national sport community came together to celebrate the official opening of the House of Sport at the RA Centre. At present, over 20 National Sport Organizations (NSO), Multi-Sport Organizations (MSO), not-for-profits and sport-related businesses are members of this collaborative and innovative sport hub. Mayor Jim Watson, the RA, House of Sport member organizations, project partners and Ottawa Tourism welcomed the enthusiastic group who assembled on the second floor of the House of Sport, gathering on the mezzanine and ABI Stadium.The House of Sport will strengthen theconnection to Canadian sport by supporting the organizations that help athletes grow and develop from playground to podium.  This is something the RA has been passionately contributing to for the last 75 years.


Doing it Right: Work in Progress


C.A. Paradis / Chef’s Paradise is a proud project partner in this $8 million House of Sport project supporting the imminent launch of their new Café. With 36,000 square feet of the RA Centre’s west wing transformed to accommodate the new House of Sport, organizations like Hockey Canada, Canoe Kayak Canada, Wrestling Canada, Speed Skating Canada, Coaching Canada, Sport For Life, Fencing Canada, and many more will co-locate and collaborate on developing sport for Canada.



Celebrating with partners


Ottawa is thriving.  Celebrating the completion of Canada’s 150th anniversary, numerous national sporting events were hosted in our capital.  C.A. Paradis / Chef’s Paradise has been proudly serving the local food service community for 97 years.  We support organizations like the RA Centre with shared regional heritage, values, and focus on the regionwhile making a difference – healthy living and development of sport.  Chef’s Paradise, as a close neighbour to the RA Centre, provides ready access to small kitchen appliances, tools, small wares, and expertise needed to support healthy choices at home.

“This is a transformative opportunity for the RA. This project will significantly strengthen our position and deepen our roots as a leader in the sports, fitness and recreation sectors not just within the City of Ottawa but across the country. The RA is proud to be driving such a creative and innovative initiative,“  RA CEO Tosha Rhodenizer explains.



Celebrating with partners



About the RA

A member supported not-for-profit organization; the RA Centre operates a multi-sport, recreation and leisure facility conveniently located in the heart of Ottawa for over 70 years.  With a deep and quality laden line-up of fitness programs, sports leagues designed for adults, summer camps for children and youth and clubs for all ages, the RA is an environment that values fun, respect and excellence. With over 22,000 members, there is no other operation in Ottawa that matches the scope of activities and membership of the RA. Being a member of the RA is like having a second home and family. 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.RA members celebrate in a social atmosphere with a new story created each day. Supporting these stories is the ability for members and the public to access services from the RA’s Events and Conference team offering quality food and beverages. The RA has much to offer the sport community with a proud legacy of community engagement that embodies a clear passion for excellence in sport. For additional design information on the House of Sport please visit our project page at



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