The Report Card is the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada. It synthesizes data from multiple sources, including the best available peer-reviewed research, to assign evidence-informed grades across 14 indicators. Over the years, the Report Card has been replicated in over 50 cities, provinces and countries, where it has served as a blueprint for collecting and sharing knowledge about the physical activity of young people around the world.

This year, the Report Card includes a new Expert Statement on Physical Activity and Brain Health in Children and Youth and assigns letter grades to 14 different indicators—including two new indicators that focus on the 24-Hour Movement Behaviours and Physical Fitness. Collectively, the report provides a complete and robust assessment of how Canada is doing as a country regarding the promotion and facilitation of physical activity among children and youth.

Methodology & Data Sources

Our interdisciplinary research team identifies and assesses Report Card indicators to determine grade assignments based on the best available data, research and key issue areas from the past year, all of which is included in the Full Report. Although no longer factoring into grade assignments, trends over time and disparities related to age, gender, household income, etc., are highlighted where applicable.


Leigh Vanderloo
Knowledge Translation Manager
Partners & Funders

The development of the ParticipACTION Report Card would not be possible without a dedicated group of funders and partners.