A Common Vision for Increasing Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Living in Canada: Let’s Get Moving


On May 31, 2018, federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments released A Common Vision for Increasing Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Living in Canada: Let’s Get Moving. This is Canada’s first ever national policy focusing on increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary living in Canada.

Led by the Public Health Agency of Canada at the federal level, the purpose of the Common Vision is to guide FPT governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in addressing physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour among Canadians of all ages and abilities across the life stage. It reflects integrated approaches and solutions from across various sectors of society, as all orders of government build on existing efforts in this area, including how governments align and complement efforts with non-governmental organizations to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour in Canada.

The Common Vision was developed and designed collaboratively by FPT governments and was informed by a comprehensive, Pan-Canadian consultation and engagement process that included focused outreach on specific issues facing municipalities, Indigenous on and off-reserve communities, as well as northern, rural and remote communities.

The Common Vision aligns with, amplifies and supports the goals and objectives of existing policies, strategies and frameworks in Canada.

It was also informed by relevant Calls to Action of the Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015).

On a global scale, the Common Vision aligns with and supports the World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan on Physical Activity, which was adopted at the 71st World Health Assembly on May 25, 2018 to encourage a comprehensive and coherent response for global and national action using a collaborative partnership approach.

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Document Publication Date: 2018-06-01

Document Deletion Date: 2019-05-31

Category: 2. Headline News

Author Branch/Agency: HPCDP

Responsible Organization: Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention Approved By: Barrett Halliday/HC-SC/GC/CA

Contact: Joe Doiron/HC-SC/GC/CA

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