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 Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation — Recreation and Sport Division

Prince Edward Island Department of Community and Cultural Affairs — Culture, Heritage, Recreation, and Sport Division

Nova Scotia Sport and Recreation Commission

New Brunswick Culture and Sport Secretariat — Sport, Recreation and Active Living Branch

Quebec Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, Direction des sports et de l'activité physique; see also Kino-Québec

Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation, Sport and Recreation Branch

Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism — Recreation and Wellness Promotion Branch

Saskatchewan Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation— Sport and Recreation Branch

Alberta Community Development, Sport and Recreation Branch and the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation; see also Alberta Centre for Active Living

British Columbia Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture — Sport and Community Development Branch

Yukon Department of Community and Transportation Services, Sport and Recreation Branch (contact Active Living Consultant Karen Thomson at

Northwest Territories Department of Municipal and Community Affairs — Community Development Division, Sport and Recreation Programs

Nunavut Department of Community Government and Transportation — Sport Nunavut Division

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 Canadian Association of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) 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 Physical Activity Research Program in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto is presently conducting research to address the problem of decreasing physical activity among Canadian youth. The studies are titled: Barriers to Physical Activity for Canadian Youth (funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) and Physical Activity Promotion Among Youth (funded by the Heart and Stoke Foundation of Ontario). If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Ken Allison at (416) 978-5869 or

The Active Living Coalition for Older Adults (ALCOA) 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.

Go For Green is the active living and environment program whose mission is to encourage outdoor physical activity that protects, enhances or restores the environment. Go for Green favours community-driven solutions that make a positive contribution to Canadian society.

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 Health Network (CHN) is a national, bilingual health promotion service from the Public Health Agency of Canada and major health organizations across Canada. The CHN offers dependable, up-to-date information on health promotion and disease and injury prevention, to help individuals and communities make healthy choices that improve the quality of their life.

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.

The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing leadership in promoting nutrition for the benefit of all Canadians. Its objectives are to serve as a credible source and objective authority on issues related to nutrition, foster nutrition research and education in Canada and inform nutrition-related public policy deliberations.

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Key players in physical activity in Canada
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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.