National Partners

Active Living Alliance logoActive Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability

ALACD was created out of an expressed need voiced by professionals in the field following the Canada Fitness Summit in the 1980's. It was recognized that while limited programs for people with a disability existed, there needed to be a coordinating mechanism to learn and share from best practices. Organized in every province and territory, the Alliance prides itself as the only Canadian organization that supports physical activity among all disabilities (mental health, physical, sensory, intellectual, mobility).  We have a membership of over 170 organizations, are organized in every province and territory and have a reach of over 1/2 million Canadians. Our network, programs and services have been noted worldwide and have been replicated in several countries.

ALACD's  vision is a society where all Canadians lead active and healthy lives. Our mission is to enable Canadians with disabilities to lead active, healthy lives. Our guiding principles are:

  • Quality of life is a fundamental right
  • Empowerment is the key
  • Every community should be involved
  • Equal access must be guaranteed
  • Respect and dignity are the foundation

Our goals for all our activities and services are:

  • Self empowerment
  • Effective networks
  • Better plans and policies
  • Better programs and services
  • Effective leadership
  • Public awareness
  • Research and information



Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada logoBoys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) is a leading provider of quality after school and out-of-school programs to children and youth that support the healthy physical, educational and social development of more than 200,000 young people and their families in Canada each year.

We are one of the largest youth-serving agencies in Canada. Our association of over 100 Clubs located in 600 community service locations across Canada are in neighbourhoods where they are most needed including, large city centres, remote rural communities and First Nations Reserves.

Clubs provide families with regularly available, structured, supervised services. Many Clubs provide meals, family support programs, emergency shelter and other supports to children, youth and families in need. Club fees are affordable and are subsidized or waived for families in need.

Clubs help prepare children and youth for life by helping them to discover and develop their abilities and skills, building confidence and competence. Club staff also builds self-esteem in kids by empowering youth to help shape programs and share their ideas. Through these opportunities, youth are given the chance to develop life and leadership skills and to learn how to contribute to Clubs and their communities.



CAAWS logoCanadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity

CAAWS is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating an equitable sport and physical activity system in which girls and women are actively engaged as participants and leaders. CAAWS provides a number of services, programs and resources to a variety of clients, including sport and physical activity organizations, teachers, coaches, health professionals and recreation leaders. Since 1981 CAAWS has worked in close co-operation with government and non-government organizations on activities and initiatives that advocate for positive change for girls and women in sport and physical activity communities. Visit for more information.



Canadian Parks and Recreation Association logoCanadian Parks and Recreation Association

The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) is a national organization dedicated to realizing the full potential of parks and recreation as a major contributor to community health and vibrancy.  Membership includes the 13 provincial and territorial parks and recreation associations and their extensive networks of service providers in over 90% of Canadian communities.

CPRA collaborates with a host of other national organizations operating in the recreation, physical activity, environmental, facilities, sport, public health, crime prevention and social services arenas.

Over the course of its 60-year history, CPRA has become a credible and strong national leader in our sector.  In addition to our advocacy on the benefits of parks and recreation, we provide our members with the information, resources and the professional development they can use to make a difference in their own community.  Through broad-based community involvement, we find solutions to social challenges, influence policy direction and generate momentum towards community quality of life.



Physical and Health Education Canada

The National Association of Friendship Centres

The National Association of Friendship Centres, or NAFC, is a network of 119 Friendship Centres from coast-to-coast-to-coast. The NAFC was established in 1972 to represent, nationally, the growing number of Friendship Centres that had emerged across Canada.

Friendship Centres are the primary providers of culturally-enhanced programs and services to urban Aboriginal residents. For over half-a-century, Friendship Centres have been facilitating the transition of Aboriginal people from rural, remote and reserve life to an urban environment. For many Aboriginal people, Friendship Centres are the first point of contact to obtain referrals to cultural based socio-economic programs and services.

As of 2012-2013, Friendship Centres across Canada delivered 1,439 programs to over 2.3 million participants on a status blind basis – that is, equally to status and non-status First Nations, Métis, Inuit and non-Aboriginal people. Furthermore, the entire Friendship Centre Movement consisting of 119 Friendship Centres will deliver $123,990,823 in programs and services to Canada’s rapidly increasing urban Aboriginal population.

Given that the urban Aboriginal population is the fastest growing segment of the Canadian Aboriginal population (54% in 2006) the value of Canada’s most significant network of Aboriginal service delivery providers will continue to grow.



Physical and Health Education CanadaPhysical and Health Education Canada

Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) is a national, voluntary charitable organization that advocates for the healthy development of children and youth through quality, school-based health, physical education, intramural recreation, dance education and school sport programs.

Established in 1933, PHE Canada has an extensive network and strong reach into the school and school community, and almost eight decades of experience supporting resource/program development, professional/leadership training, and educational policy development.

PHE Canada has been engaged in the delivery of quality school programs at the national level, working closely with our provincial health and physical education partners to ensure that our programs and resources are disseminated and appropriate for all schools in Canada. We have a strong network of educators at all levels (elementary, secondary and post-secondary, public health nurses). These individuals are front line workers working directly in the school setting.