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Grants of up to $5,000 available for the ParticipACTION Community Challenge 2023

We’re leveling the playing field by empowering individuals and strengthening communities through the power of sport and physical activity.

We encourage community organizations to apply for grants of up to $5,000 from Dec. 14 to Feb. 1 for the ParticipACTION Community Challenge 2023, which will take place throughout June. These grants are designed to increase sport and physical activity participation, with an emphasis on equity-deserving groups, and can be used for staffing, training, promotion, equipment or venue rentals.

Everyone should enjoy the mental and physical benefits of getting active, including the essential feeling of inclusion and belonging in a community – however you define it. Stay tuned for the challenge grant launch in mid-December!

To learn more, attend the informative Community Challenge webinar on December 15 at 1 p.m. EST.

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Funding Opportunities

Grants of up to $20,000 available through Access to Action
Deadline to apply: February 28, 2023

Funded by Sport Canada, PHE Canada’s Access to Action Grant Program will focus on empowering school communities to provide inclusive and meaningful sport and physical activity opportunities before, during and after school. Grants are available to schools and/or community organizations for projects that engage school-aged children and youth, with a focus on young people from equity-deserving populations.

Funding for events available through the Community Support, Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program
Deadline to apply: 18 weeks before your proposed event start date

The Events component of the Community Support, Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program provides funding to community-based events that promote intercultural or interfaith understanding, discussions on multiculturalism, diversity, racism and religious discrimination, or celebrate a community’s history and culture. Not-for-profit organizations, associations, unincorporated groups of individuals, municipalities and townships with populations of up to 10,000 can apply.

Research Centre

Canada's kids rank 28th in physical activity

Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance’s latest report, the Global Matrix 4.0, compared 57 countries from six continents to assess global levels and trends in child and adolescent physical activity. Canada is 28th in the world in Overall Physical Activity (Grade: D). Canada’s submissions to the report are grades from the 2022 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.

The World Health Organization (WHO) highlights the high cost of physical inactivity in its first-ever global report

On October 18, WHO published the Global status report on physical activity 2022, which measures the extent to which governments are implementing recommendations to increase physical activity across all ages and abilities. Data from 194 countries show that overall progress is slow, and countries must develop and implement policies faster to increase physical activity levels and therefore prevent disease and reduce the burden on health-care systems.

Levelling the Playing Fields: A study on optimizing city streets near schools for play

Most children in Canada have lost the right to the city, with priority given to motorists. Consequently, kids’ independent mobility, outdoor free play and active transportation have been in decline. To prioritize children’s movement and play needs, the Levellingthe Playing Fields project has implemented and tested street rebalancing interventions that change the immediate conditions around children’s homes and schools.

New! Canada's First-Ever Physical Activity Report Card for Children and Adolescents with Disabilities

Four national-level surveys. 13 indicators of physical activity behaviours. How do Canadian children and youth with disabilities score? Read the Canadian Disability Participation Project's inaugural Report Card.


Professional Development

Registration for Healthy Schools Certification is now open for the 2022/23 school year

Thanks to Max Bell Foundation support, Ever Active Schools, PHE Canada and Ophea are working in partnership to adapt and expand the Healthy Schools Certification program to school communities across Canada. Learn more about this national partnership and register today to take the first step in becoming a certified Healthy School.

Call for Abstracts: International Physical Literacy Conference (IPLC) 2023

Sport for Life and New York Road Runners are excited to announce that after a two-year hiatus, the IPLC is back and scheduled to take place May 1-5, 2023, in New York City. They are now calling on leaders from across the health, education and physical activity sectors to share their leading-edge work, inventive programming, best practices, research and/or findings at IPLC 2023.

TSN sports broadcaster announced as 2023 Sport for Life Summit keynote speaker

Sport for Life is excited to announce that award-winning TSN sports broadcaster, Farhan Lalji, will be one of the keynote presenters for the 2023 Sport for Life Summit, which will take place in multiple communities across Canada throughout February and March.

Shape the future with Ever Active Schools this winter

Join Ever Active Schools in beautiful Lake Louise from February 2-4 for Shaping the Future, an annual conference that brings together educators, health and wellness professionals, and researchers to explore comprehensive school health.

Tools and Resources

Physical Activity for Older Adults booklet

Developed by Active Aging Canada’s partners, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) and Exercise is Medicine® Canada, this resource (available in 14 languages) tells older Canadians how to engage in safe and successful physical activity.

Promoting Physical Activity to Older Adults – Resources for Practitioners

Developed by Active Aging Canada’s research director and partners, CSEP and Exercise is Medicine® Canada, these three evidence-based companion resources support practitioners in their efforts to promote physical activity to older adults.

CSEP's toolkit for primary care providers to promote movement behaviours

With the support of the Public Health Agency of Canada and Queen's University, CSEP is pleased to launch the Whole Day Matters Toolkit to help primary care providers promote movement behaviours in line with the 24-Hour Movement Guidelines.

ParticipACTION in Action

Get 15% off at the ParticipACTION Shop from Nov. 25-28

The holidays are almost here, and we want to celebrate Black Friday by offering you 15% off at the ParticipACTION Shop! Whether you’re shopping for yourself or looking for a gift, our shop has a great selection to get active in style, with some fan favourites like the Champion hoodie and pom toque! Use the code BLACKFRIDAY15 when checking out for a 15% discount, but hurry because this offer is only valid from Nov. 25-28!

Toronto Star op-ed: We have a physical inactivity crisis in Canada

Across all ages and demographics, Canadians are not moving enough. Physical activity is recognized as one of the rare public health interventions where the evidence is convincing, cost-effective and practical. It's time to reinvest in keeping Canadians active and healthy. Read our op-ed published in the Toronto Star to learn more.

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