Congratulations to Canada’s Most Active Community!
After more than 600,000 participants tracked over 500 million physical activity minutes throughout June in the third edition of the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge, we’re proud to announce that Red Deer, Alberta is Canada’s Most Active Community! They’ll take home the top prize of $100,000 to go toward local physical activity and sport initiatives.
“Congratulations to Red Deer and all of our provincial and territorial winners,” said Elio Antunes, President and CEO of ParticipACTION. “It was wonderful to see thousands of community-led, inclusive physical activity and sport opportunities created throughout the Community Better Challenge. Getting active together can help reduce inequalities, increase connections between and across cultures, and decrease isolation.”
Located in Central Alberta, with a population of just over 100,000, Red Deer is a tourist destination and the host of many major sporting events. This was Red Deer’s third year participating in the Community Better Challenge. They stood out amongst their competitors for their enthusiasm and commitment to the challenge, starting with their mayor, who starred in an interactive video challenging all City of Red Deer employees to get involved and unveiling several mini launch events for all residents to participate in. These mini-challenges aimed to reduce barriers to participation in physical activity among people that experience health inequities, with the goal of creating fun, free opportunities to help their residents stay connected while being active.
“I am incredibly proud of our community for coming together, and proving Red Deer is indeed the most active community in Canada,” said Ken Johnston, Mayor of Red Deer. “When there is a challenge, we rise to the top and prove that there is no place, and no-one, like the people of Red Deer. We can’t wait to put that prize money to great use to further support activity in our community. Thank you, ParticipACTION, for this challenge, and for encouraging physical activity in our country.”
Let’s celebrate from coast to coast to coast!
The Community Better Challenge also awarded additional prizes to the Most Active Community from each province and territory. Here are all of our winners:
- Red Deer, Alberta (prizing supported by the Government of Alberta)
- Richmond, British Columbia
- Pinawa, Manitoba
- Salisbury, New Brunswick (prizing supported by the Government of New Brunswick)
- Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador (prizing supported by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador)
- Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories (prizing supported by the Government of Northwest Territories)
- Truro, Nova Scotia (prizing supported by the Province of Nova Scotia)
- Iqaluit, Nunavut
- North Grenville, Ontario
- Summerside, Prince Edward Island (prizing supported by the Government of Prince Edward Island)
- Sutton, Québec (prizing supported by l’Association québécoise du loisir municipal (AQLM))
- La Ronge, Saskatchewan (prizing supported by the Government of Saskatchewan)
- Whitehorse, Yukon
The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge is proudly supported by the Government of Canada and Saputo Inc.