Canada’s Physical Literacy Consensus Statement

Canada’s Physical Literacy Consensus Statement was released at the International Physical Literacy Conference on June 13, 2015. The Consensus Statement, featuring a definition of Physical Literacy, was developed by a group of experts with input and support from over 1300 individuals interested and working in the area of physical literacy from across Canada.

The purpose of the Statement is to:

  • promote the value of physical literacy and preserve the integrity of the concept
  • advocate for the use of a common definition of physical literacy, as defined by the International Physical Literacy Association
  • facilitate alignment within and between the multiple sectors in the physical literacy community
  • improve the consistency and clarity of communications relating to physical literacy
  • inform the consistent and co-ordinated development of physical literacy tools and resources created by various stakeholders.

The Statement is the result of a collaborative process among ParticipACTION, Sport for Life Society, the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Physical and Health Education Canada, Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, and the Ontario Society of Physical Activity Promoters in Public Health. Representatives from the International Physical Literacy Association also contributed in an advisory capacity.

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