International Efforts

Building on Canadian and International Efforts

Active Canada 20/20 is a national physical activity strategy that responds to recommendations for action at the international, national, provincial/territorial and municipal levels:

  1. The United Nations Declaration on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (September 2011).
  2. The Toronto Charter for Physical Activity: A Global Call for Action. (2010); Global Advocacy for Physical Activity (GAPA), the Advocacy Council of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH)
  3. Global Advocacy for Physical Activity, the Advocacy Council of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health. NCD Prevention: Investments that Work for Physical Activity. February 2011.    
  4. The Pan-Canadian Physical Activity Framework. (2003); Coalition for Active Living    
  5. Federal/Provincial/Territorial (F/P/T) government policy statements and targets:
    • Curbing Childhood Obesity: The F/P/T Framework for Action to Promote Healthy Weights. (2009)    
    • F/P/T Targets for children (2008) and for adults. (2005); Please see Appendix B
    • The Integrated Pan Canadian Healthy Living Strategy. (2005)    
  6. Creating a Healthier Canada: Making Prevention a Priority. A Declaration on Prevention and Promotion from Canada’s Ministers of Health and Health Promotion/Healthy Living. (2010)    
  7. Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health; World Health Organization. (2004)  
  8. The Canadian Sport Policy. (2002)  
  9. Sport Canada's policy on Aboriginal Peoples Participation in Sport. (2005) 
  10. Actively Engaged: A Policy on Sport for Women and Girls. (January 2009)
  11. Policy on Sport for Persons with a Disability. (June 2006)

The United Kingdom, Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavian countries have enacted physical activity strategies over the past several years, and Australia and the United States of America each released a national physical activity strategy in 2010.

In Canada, many municipalities, provinces and territories have designed and begun to implement physical activity plans in their jurisdictions across the country. However, these plans are often developed in isolation of one another and would benefit from pan-Canadian collaborative plans, efforts and leadership. Active Canada 20/20 builds on municipal, provincial/territorial, national and organizational promising practices and research-based evidence.