Physical Literacy Consensus Statement

Authors: Canada’s Physical Literacy Consensus 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.

Canada’s Physical Literacy Consensus Statement

In recent years, various stakeholders have engaged in activities to promote and develop physical literacy. Excitement around the concept has also led to a variety of definitions. In a broad consultation, sector leaders in Canada suggested that a common definition with consistent language was needed to provide clarity for the development of policy, practice and research.

Definition of Physical Literacy:

Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.

  • International Physical Literacy Association, May, 2014

The purpose of this 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. 

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