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Resources in your community


Active Circle: Develops and supports programs for Aboriginal youth and communities to become active and healthy through sport and recreation.

Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability: Information on making playgrounds accessible and how to provide after-school opportunities. Activity search can be customized based on ability.

Boys and Girls Club of Canada: Accessible sport and recreation programming at locations across Canada.

Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) On the Move: Resources for girls and young women (ages 9-18) to participate and lead sport and physical activity. List of workshops offered regularly across Canada.

Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Find an Activity Tool: A searchable database of sport opportunities for persons with a disability.

Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA): The Everybody Gets to Play initiative makes recreation more accessible for low-income children and their families.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart: Provides funding for children from low-income families to participate in organized sport and recreation.

Girl Guides: Active programming for girls.

Heritage Canada: A complete list of sport organizations, including national sport organizations.

Leisure Information Network’s National Recreation Database: Search by age group and topic for a list of opportunities and resources.

ParticipACTION: Tips to help Canadians get moving, along with news and research about physical activity.

Special Olympics Canada: Dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport.

Scouts Canada: Programs for boys, girls, and young adults aged 5 – 26.

Trans Canada Trail: A pan-Canadian trail where Canadians can hike, cycle, ski, horseback ride, canoe and snowmobile.

YMCA: Many YMCA branches offer programming and activities at reduced fees for low-income families.

YMCA Overnight and Day Camp: Provides financial assistance for low-income families to send their children to camps.


Alberta Centre for Active Living: Physical activity counselling toolkit.

Ever Active Schools: Offers physical activity ideas.

Healthy Alberta: Information on being active and ideas to keep kids active.

British Columbia

Action Schools! BC: Playground Circuit for each school available online as a PDF.

British Columbia Medical Association: Healthy Kids - Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well program has resources on healthy, active living.

Physical Activity Services at HealthLink BC: Free over-the-phone counselling resource for physical activity & healthy living information. Phone lines are staffed with exercise professionals trained to prescribe exercise to people of all ages and abilities, including individuals with chronic medical conditions.

SCOPE: Childhood Obesity Prevention Through Community Engagement: Provides tips and ideas on how to eat healthier and get active in Abbotsford, Prince George and Chilliwack. 

Union of BC Municipalities: Links to municipalities, which can provide information about opportunities in your area.

Walk BC: Interactive map of recreation facilities and walking routes around BC.


After The School Bell Rings: A Manitoba After School Recreation Project: After school healthy active living program for children ages 6-12.

The Manitoba Government: Includes a community lookup tool, which can link you to your municipality to provide you with information about opportunities in your area.

Manitoba in motion: Suggests ways families can be active together.

Sport Manitoba: Links to more than 100 sport organizations in Manitoba. KidSport helps remove  financial barriers to participating in sport.

New Brunswick

Government of New Brunswick: Links to cities, towns and rural villages, which can provide information about opportunities in your area.

Healthy Eating Physical Activity Coalition of New Brunswick: A network of organizations and individuals working together to promote healthy active living.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador Government: Allows users to search for contact information for their municipality.

Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador: Links to programs, as well as arenas and aquatic facilities.

Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories Municipal and Community Affairs: Lists all communities and provides contact information for these areas.

Government of the Northwest Territories: Offers funding for a range of programs, including Active After School, Recreation and Sport Contributions Program, Regional Youth Sport Events Program, and others.

Northwest Territories Parks and Recreation: Recreation directory by community.

Nova Scotia

Ecology Action Centre: We Often Walk (or Wheel), the “WOW” program, offers resources to promote walking to school.

Heart and Stroke Foundation’s OneStep: Resource featuring pedometers and activities for junior high students. Resources are available in both English and French.

Kids’ Run Club, Doctor’s Nova Scotia: A program that instills the importance of regular physical activity in children so they form habits that become part of their everyday lives as adults.

Recreation Nova Scotia: Includes a map with links to local recreation.

Sport Nova Scotia’s After-School Program: A physical activity program delivered Monday to Friday (3-5pm) at participating Nova Scotia schools to children grades three to six.

Take The Roof Off Winter: Information about active winter activities and events.

Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities: Links to municipalities, which can provide information about opportunities in your area.


Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut: Includes contact information for territorial sport organizations.


Canadian Intramural Recreation Association Ontario: Province-wide activity challenges.

Association of Municipalities Ontario: Links to municipalities, which can provide information about opportunities in your area.

Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter: Provides ideas on how to have fun outdoors. 

Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA): Programs, services and training to schools and communities.

Ontario Society of Physical Activity Promoters in Public Health: Promotes physical activity through engagement, education, advocacy and strategic alliances.

Prince Edward Island

Federation of Prince Edward Island Municipalities: Links to municipalities, which can provide information about opportunities in your area.

Go! PEI: A healthy living challenge that offers free events and programs.

Recreation PEI: Promotes and encourages recreation and physical activity.


Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association: After-School Time Period Program Directory allows parents to find recreation-based after-school programs.

Saskatchewan in motion: Province-wide movement aimed at increasing physical activity.

Sask Sport: Ensures Saskatchewan residents of all ages can participate in the sport of their choice at their own ability level.

Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association: Includes information and resources on youth fitness leadership and active transport.

Yukon Territory

Kids Recreation Fund: Helps disadvantaged children and youth participate in organized sport, art, cultural, social and recreational programs.

Sport Yukon: Links to territorial sport governing bodies, clubs and associations who offer a variety of sport, recreation and other community based programs.

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Last updated: Sep 27 2017