Contributors in physical activity

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Key players in physical activity in Canada

The Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute values the work, services and programs of other agencies involved in enhancing the health and well-being of Canadians. Connect to the following sites to obtain further information about physical activity and public health education and health promotion in Canada.

On the federal scene

The Fitness and Active Living Unit of Health Canada promotes physical activity among Canadians in order to improve their health and well-being. The Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Health Canada.

Statistics Canada also collects statistics on physical activity levels of Canadians, namely through the Canadian Community Health Survey and previously through the National Population Health Survey. For highlights, visit the health section of Statistics Canada's Web site. A word to the wise: different surveys use different methodologies that yield different statistics, and sometimes methodologies can change from year to year...

ParticipACTION is the national voice for physical activity and sport participation in Canada. Originally established in 1971, ParticipACTION was relaunched in 2007 to help prevent the looming inactivity and obesity crisis that faces Canada. As a national not-for-profit organization solely dedicated to inspiring and supporting healthy and active living for Canadians, it will work with its partners, which include sport, physical activity, recreation organizations, government and corporate sponsors, to inspire and support Canadians to move more. ParticipACTION is generously supported by Sport Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. For more information visit

On the provincial and territorial scene

Newfoundland & Labrador Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development

Prince Edward Island Department of Health and Wellness

Nova Scotia Department of Communities Culture & Heritage - MOA with Health

New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage & Culture - Wellness Branch-Social Development

Quebec Department of Education, Recreation and Sports

Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport - DPA Education

Manitoba Department of Sport, Culture & Heritage - Indigenous & Municipal Relations - Healthy Living & Seniors

Saskatchewan Department of Parks, Culture & Sport - Small sharing with Health & Education

Alberta Culture and Tourism 

British Columbia Ministry of Community Sport & Cultural Development 

Yukon Department of Community Services

Northwest Territories Department of Municipal & Community Affairs 

Nunavut Community and Government Services - Joint for Health

Organizations dedicated to physical activity

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) promotes the generation, synthesis, transfer and application of knowledge and research related to exercise physiology (encompassing physical activity, fitness, health, and human performance).

The Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC) provides physical activity promoters in public health, recreation, and community health centres in Ontario with training, consultation, networking, referrals, and resource and information dissemination services. PARC is a member of the Ontario Health Promotion Resource System (OHPRS), and is managed by Ophea (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association).

The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) is dedicated to the enhancement of quality community leisure services, lifestyles and environment for all Canadians through the efforts of its members and allies in advocacy, education, information sharing, policy development and national initiatives.

The Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) is a national not-for-profit, volunteer organization committed to the health and well-being of young Canadians. It brings together teachers, administrators, researchers, coaches, students and others who have an interest in the fields of physical education, physical activity, health, fitness, sport, recreation and dance.

The Canadian Intramural Recreation Association (CIRA) encourages, promotes and develops active living, healthy lifestyles and personal growth among children and youth through intramural and recreation programs within the educational community.

The Active Aging Canada (AAC) is a partnership of organizations and individuals having an interest in the field of aging. It encourages older Canadians to maintain and enhance their well-being and independence through a lifestyle that embraces daily physical activities.

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sports (CAAWS ) works in partnership with Sport Canada and with Canada's sport and active living communities to achieve gender equity in the sport community. CAAWS operates with a strong base of volunteers and a small team of effective and efficient staff.

The Leisure Information Network's (LIN) goal is to provide a focus and infrastructure for the collection, dissemination and exchange of information amongst leisure services professionals. LIN uses various technologies to promote and facilitate the availability and use of timely, relevant and accurate information to its members.

The Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC) is a world leader in identifying, organizing and distributing sport and fitness information. It offers a range of products and services specifically designed to meet the research needs of coaches, athletes, students, teachers and medical practitioners. From bibliographic references to full-text document delivery, SIRC offers the complete sport information solution.

Organizations with a partial focus on physical activity

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is a national, independent, not-for-profit, voluntary association representing public health in Canada with links to the international public health community. Its mission is to constitute a special national resource in Canada that advocates for the improvement and maintenance of personal and community health according to the public health principles of disease prevention, health promotion and protection and healthy public policy.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada is a national voluntary non-profit organization whose mission is to further the study, prevention and reduction of disability and death from heart disease and stroke through research, education and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. In recent years, the Foundation has also taken a leadership role in advocating for heart healthy public policy.

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) provides leadership for physicians and promotes the highest standard of health and health care for Canadians.

The Canadian Nurses Association's (CNA) mission is to advance the quality of nursing in the interest of the public. Toward this end, it promotes high standards of practice, education, research and administration.

Healthnet Canada is the means by which health workers in even the most rural portions of Canada can communicate using a simple and inexpensive electronic mail system. It serves as a principal communication link between physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care workers throughout the country.

Organizations associated with the prevention of chronic disease

The Asthma Society of Canada seeks to provide 'evidence-based,' market tested, age appropriate asthma information, education, management tools and support programs for Canadians with asthma.

The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) is a network of ten national organizations who share a common vision for an integrated system of research, surveillance, policies, and programs for maintaining health and prevention of chronic disease in Canada. 

The Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. 

The Canadian Diabetes Association leads the fight against diabetes by helping those affected by diabetes live healthy lives, preventing the onset and consequences of diabetes, and discovering a cure.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. 

Other useful links

Key players in physical activity in Canada
Links to Canadian universities involved in physical activity research

Disclaimer The Institute strives to provide links to web sites and resources with accurate, credible information. It is not responsible however for what appears on these sites and cannot guarantee the quality of the information they contain. The list is not intended to be exhaustive.