Foundations For Change

Capacity to create change is essential. A change agenda will depend on sustainable systems that support action and progress in increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviours. There are three Foundations for Change:



Sustain comprehensive systems to conduct research, surveillance and evaluation, and facilitate evidence-based decision making and accountability.
The system for monitoring physical activity and sedentary behaviour levels in Canada and the impacts of national and provincial/ territorial strategies should be enhanced and maintained to ensure quality, timely and relevant data is collected that is consistent and comparable for systemic measurement of progress toward the vision and goal of Active Canada 20/20.
The effectiveness of interventions (including community-based ones), social marketing, education campaigns and policy initiatives should be monitored and evaluated as to their impact on individuals.
Ongoing research should be conducted on barriers, determinants, prevalence and correlates of physical activity and sedentary behaviour.
A comprehensive evaluation framework should be included as part of any physical activity or sedentary behaviour intervention.


Make substantive, sustained and strategic investments.
Governments (Federal, Provincial/Territorial and Municipal) should identify physical activity promotion and sedentary behaviour reduction as priorities and dedicate ongoing budgets to them. This includes substantive, timely and sustained investments in the voluntary sector delivery system that are clearly linked to expected results.
Investments in physical activity should support community development approaches to ensure ownership, relevance and sustained action.
Business and industry should make timely and targeted investments in efforts that promote physical activity and discourage sedentary behaviour for Canadians.


Build capacity and mobilize leaders and partners across sectors.
At the community level, decision makers responsible for recreation and parks, and public health should lead collaboration between transportation, planning, environment, sport, education, voluntary sector and other stakeholders in the development, implementation, sustaining and evaluation of strategies to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behaviours.
A leadership model between the F/P/T governments responsible for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation, Health and Healthy Living, and other physical activity stakeholder groups (voluntary, private, municipal) should be established.
All delivery organizations and government jurisdictions should engage intermediary and end user populations in planning processes and implementation of strategies.