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Who We Are


As far back as the 1980s, the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute (CFLRI) was internationally recognized as one of the first national organizations to conduct a large-scale study of the fitness levels of the country’s population. Forty-five years later, it continues to be recognized as having one of the longest standing and most comprehensive monitoring systems in the world to inform public policy on physical activity and sport.

The CFLRI is a registered not-for-profit applied research institution, governed by a Board of Directors comprised of academics and professionals in the areas of policy, public health, physical activity, sport, or recreation. Depending on the year, the CFLRI has been funded by federal, provincial, and territorial governments responsible for physical activity, recreation, health, and sport, as well as through additional grants and contracts. Contact us to discuss how we can assist you with your research needs. Click here for CFLRI’s Strategic Plan.

Informing policy and programs

The CFLRI examines physical activity and sport levels of Canadians, the factors that increase and decrease participation and the capacity of various systems and environments to support participation. The fundamental objective of the CFLRI is to provide credible data for policy- and decision-makers, practitioners and researchers through innovative data collection and analysis and knowledge mobilization to inform and affect evidence-based policy and practice across Canada. Based on the CFLRI’s Knowledge Framework, the CFLRI shares knowledge about the importance of leading healthy, active lifestyles through its publications and contributions to the work of strategic partners. The CFLRI is a key leader in bringing this knowledge to those promoting physical activity, recreation, and sport.


Christine Cameron, PhD (President)

Board of Directors

Christa Costas-Bradstreet
John Spence, Ph.D.
Jennifer Robertson, Ph.D.
Milena Parent, Ph.D.
Joe Doiron
Eun-Young Lee, Ph.D.
Mike Roma