Active Canada 20/20: A Physical Activity Strategy and Change Agenda for Canada, is the response of a broad cross-section of the physical activity community from across Canada who are concerned about health and quality of life, and who are committed to addressing the urgent national need to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary living. Eighty-five percent of Canadian adults and 93% of Canadian children and youth do not achieve the minimum level of physical activity necessary to ensure long-term good health and well-being.
Active Canada 20/20 provides a clear vision and a change agenda to describe successful steps that, if implemented, will increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour, thereby reducing health risks and achieving the many benefits of a society that is active and healthy. It demonstrates the actions that, if undertaken at multiple levels, will strengthen Canada by making physical activity an important cultural trademark.
Following two years of preparation the renewed Canadian Sport Policy (CSP) 2012 was endorsed by Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers responsible for sport, physical activity and recreation on June 27, 2012 in Inuvik, Northwest Territories.
The CSP 2012 sets the direction for all governments, institutions and organizations that are committed to realizing the positive impacts of sport on individuals, communities and society. The policy has been designed to be implemented by complementary action plans developed by governments individually and collectively, and by non-government organizations (NGOs) in the sport and related sectors.
The development of the Framework for Recreation in Canada (Framework) is a collaborative effort of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) and Provincial/Territorial (P/T) governments (excluding Quebec).
The principle purpose of the Framework is to guide and stimulate coordinated policies and practices in recreation that aim to improve the wellbeing of individuals, communities, and the built and natural environments.
A formal Working Group, comprised of CPRA members, P/T government representatives, academics and sector representatives from across Canada, are tasked with researching, creating and communicating the Framework.
The Framework for Recreation in Canada will be finalized after the 2014 National Recreation Summit, and ready for presentation to F-P/T SPAR Ministers for their endorsement at their next meeting from February 12-13, 2015, in Prince George, British Columbia.