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ParticipACTION Community Challenge FAQs

Last updated: January 11, 2022


What is this Community Better Challenge?

The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge is a national physical activity initiative that encourages Canadians to get active in search of Canada’s Most Active Community.

It is open to everyone and all minutes tracked on the app and website from June 1 – 30, 2022 count toward a community’s total score. After June 30, 50 finalist communities will be invited to submit an application explaining why they deserve to be Canada’s Most Active Community.

At the conclusion of the challenge, one community will earn the top prize of $100,000 and title of being Canada’s most active. In addition to the national winner, there will also be additional prizing for the most active community in each province and territory.

Which of my minutes from the app contribute to my community’s total? Which minutes from the Community Better Challenge website count?

All move minutes from your app, which include both active minutes and your light or incidental activity, will count toward your community’s total in the Community Better Challenge. This includes movement from synced fitness trackers, Apple Health or Google Fit, as well as any manually tracked activity.

If you’re tracking your activity on the Community Better Challenge website, all minutes you manually track there will boost your community’s total. So, what are you waiting for? Get tracking!

If you are already tracking your physical activity on the App, please do not track those minutes on the website or vice versa.

Can I contribute my minutes to another community?

The minutes you track on the ParticipACTION app or ParticipACTION website will go towards the competing community associated with the postal code in your profile. We encourage all participants to sign-up with the postal code of the community where they reside.

During which time period will my move minutes count toward my community’s total?

June 1st – June 30th. If you are tracking on the website, please ensure all minutes have been tracked by 11:59pm PST on June 30th, 2022. Remember you need to open the ParticipACTION App to sync and register your minutes.

Can I track minutes for my organization using the app?

You cannot track minutes in the app on behalf of a group or organization – this can only be done through the Community Better Challenge website.

How do I know if my activity is counting toward my community’s total? Does it need to be a certain intensity or length of time?

Great question! The goal of the Community Better Challenge is to get Canadians moving. As a result, we haven’t set parameters on how intense your activity needs to be. From walking to the grocery store to backyard spring cleaning, we want you to track it all! In terms of duration, every minute counts! The shortest duration of activity you can track is one minute, while the longest is 180 minutes.

Can I track more than one bout of physical activity for a given day?

Yes! There are no limitations on how many times you can track physical activity for a given day. Note that the most minutes one individual can track for one activity, however, is 180 minutes.

How old must I be to participate?

You have to be at least 17 years of age to create a ParticipACTION app profile and log minutes toward your community’s total in the Community Better Challenge. On the Community Challenge website, users must be 17 years of age to track their own minutes.

Parents and caregivers can track on behalf of their dependents and group instructors, teachers and coaches can track for users under 17 when tracking for a group or organization.

Tracking on the website

The Community Better Challenge website isn’t letting me add my activity in minutes and seconds.

Congrats on completing some well-earned move minutes! We accept tracked time in minutes only (between one and 180 minutes) but encourage you to round up to the nearest minute.

When the challenge wraps, can I still see my website dashboard with my move minute totals?

Yes, your dashboard will remain available for viewing for a couple weeks following the Challenge. However, no new minutes can be added to the dashboard after June 30th, 2022.

Will the Community Better Challenge website allow me to add all my family members so I can track on their behalf?

Yes, you may add up to 10 family members to your Community Better Challenge individual account. If you have more family members that want to participate, we recommend creating accounts for more than one adult and dividing the family members among those accounts.

What about my workplace or my soccer team? Can I track for them as well?

Yes, once you’re logged into your account you will be asked if you’re tracking for you and your family or on behalf of a group/organization. From there, we will ask for a few details about your group activity and then you’ll be able to submit minutes for the entire team.

My family members completed move minutes without me. Can I still track for them?

Yes, you can easily log activity that your family members completed by going to ‘track an activity’ as you usually would. Assign yourself zero minutes and indicate how many minutes each of your family members completed on the given date/time.

Should organizations encourage attendees to track activity on the ParticipACTION App?

Considering that the overall community score is a combination of both organization and individual tracked minutes, we strongly encourage organizations to tell their attendees about the ParticipACTION App. The App can be used as a motivational tool to promote and track healthy physical activity during the challenge and throughout the year. The more people using the ParticipACTION app, the closer we are to achieving our vision of a Canada where physical activity is a vital part of everyday life.

Individuals should refrain from double tracking their physical activity minutes from Community Challenge events if they know that their minutes are already being tracked by the organizers. ParticipACTION reserves the right to review & remove any minutes that are deemed to be duplicate minutes.

I have more questions about the app, where can I find help?

No problem, please see the mobile app-specific FAQs.

Postal Codes and Communities

How is my competing community determined?

Competing communities are largely made of individual municipalities and bands with a population of 1,000 people or more. Municipalities and bands with populations fewer than 1,000 people have been grouped with neighbouring communities to meet the population threshold. The boundaries for a competing community are determined by postal codes.

For example, the competing community of Deer Lake Newfoundland and Labrador has a population of 5,249. There are 327 postal codes connected to Deer Lake. Any individual or organization who puts in one of those 327 postal codes on the ParticipACTION App or website as part of their profile will be tracking activity that will go to Deer Lake’s overall score.

How can I see how my community is doing?

Starting June 1st, ParticipACTION App users will be able to follow their community’s progress within the App!   Track your minutes and help your community move up the leaderboard.  In addition, we will have a leaderboard on the Community Better Challenge website.  The website leaderboard will allow you to see the top 20 communities per province and territory and the ParticipACTION app leaderboard will show you exactly where you place in your province or territory.

What if I feel like I don’t belong to the identified community? Is there a way to change where my minutes are being directed?

We understand that not everyone will necessarily associate themselves to the community that has been assigned to their postal code. In order to meet the community size criteria, we have done our best to define communities based on Canada Post Data files that outline how postal codes are defined across Canada.  ParticipACTION welcomes feedback as we continue to improve our structure.  Feel free to drop us a note and we would be happy to look into your suggestion for CBC 2023.

Do we need to formally register our community?

No, all municipalities are automatically participating in the Community Better Challenge based on their postal codes. Municipalities are encouraged to support the challenge by doing the following:

Registering and tracking their programs, events and activities offered in June at

  • Encouraging local community organizations to host programs and events and track activities for their members,
  • Encouraging local residents to download the app
  • Using ParticipACTION’s resources to help get your community active.

Crowning Canada’s Most Active Community

How do you decide which communities win?

Winning communities are determined by a two-step process.

Identifying Finalists

The Finalists for each province and territory are decided by three factors:

1) Total minutes tracked

2) Number of individuals and family members participating

3) Number of organizations participating

All three factors will be evaluated with consideration of the total population of the community.

Determining the Winner

Immediately following the challenge, 50 finalist Communities will be invited to complete a brief submission to support their case as to why their community should be selected as Canada’s Most Active Community.

The winners are determined based both on a combined score including both their minutes, participation and finalist submission.

Does my community have a fair chance to win if we live in a small town?

Everyone has an equal chance to win. The scoring formula is based on total minutes, individual participation and organization participation. The population of the community is also factored into the overall score.

How can the prize money be used?

The money must support physical activity opportunities in the community for example:

  • Capital builds (playgrounds, trails, renovation, etc.)
  • New or existing programs serving inactive or underrepresented groups
  • The acquisition of equipment and supplies to enhance physical activity programs within the community (sport and recreation equipment for a community centre, recreational groups, etc.)
  • Physical activity strategy development and implementation

What are the prizes?

Canada’s Most Active Community will receive the grand prize of $100,000 to support local physical activity initiatives.

One community in each of the remaining 12 provinces and territories will each receive between $7,500 and $15,000 prize to support local physical activity initiatives (depending on whether there was a provincial or territorial contribution to prizing).

In addition to the community prizing, there will be weekly prizing awarded to individuals and teams who track on the App!  Click here for the details!

Programs and Events

Can my organization register regularly occurring recreation events/programs to count towards our minutes?

Yes, any group physical activity can be tracked – whether in-person or virtual. Ongoing recreation activities such as a group fitness class, a sport club practice or a school Physical Education class are all eligible for tracking. Additionally, virtual classes and events that encourage people to participate on their own time can be tracked.

To ensure tracking accuracy, the local recreation centre coordinator, instructor or teacher is responsible for tracking the activities. Consider amplifying what you’re already doing by encouraging participants to bring a friend during the challenge or having a ‘try-it’ opportunity for non-members.

Please remember to regularly review and practice the recommendations put forth through local public health guidelines.

Community Challenge Grant Recipients

What if COVID-19 has changed the event or program plans that I submitted as part of my grant application?

Thanks for taking the initial step in getting your community active. We know it is difficult to follow a plan that was submitted months ago with the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic. We want to assure you that as a funder for these projects we realise the need for flexibility. At the end of the day, we are looking to support local organizations who are able to get their communities active in a safe and inclusive manner.

As you determine what is feasible based on the circumstances, do your best to plan for what is possible and think about effective alternatives. Here are some considerations:

1) Consider outdoor venues for your program or event that allow for physical distancing

2) Consider hosting an event or program with staggered start times and dates to avoid having large groups in the same place at the same time.

3) Consider implementing a system for people to register and having a cap on how many people can participate in person at once.

4) Consider how you could make your event virtual for some or all participants.

5) Reviewing our digital toolkits that are built to support schools, community organizations and workplaces host safe and inclusive programs.

6) Please remember to always follow local public health guidelines, even if that means having to cancel your event entirely. You are encouraged to promote participation in ParticipACTION offered Facebook live events as well as individual physical activity tracked through the app or on our website.

Grant Applications (open until February 1)

When does the grant application open?

The application will open on Wednesday, December 14th at 9:00 am ET.

When is the deadline to apply?

The application period will close on February 1st at 6:00pm ET. 

Can I apply even if am NOT hosting a sport/physical activity program?

Yes, in some circumstances, organizations that are not hosting but are promoting sport/physical activity opportunities can still apply.   Please review the grant guidelines for further details. 

Can I apply if am hosting a sport/physical activity program but does not take place at all in June?

Unfortunately no, all activities must take place within some period in June.  For example, if you are running a 6 week program that runs from May 8 to June 12 then that is eligible.  If you are running a program from July 15 to August 15 that is not eligible.

Can one organization submit multiple applications?

Yes, however the programs need to be completely separate activities.  ParticipACTION may determine to fund one application and not the other if they feel the programs are not independent of each other.  We are welcome multiple applications from different branches if you belong to an organization that is structured in such a way.   Ie.  Scout and Girl Guide Troops, YMCA centres.

Can two organizations jointly apply for funding?

No, applications must be submitted from one organization.  You can certainly note in your application if you will be working with other groups however the application needs to be submitted by one organization as the funds will be dispersed to the applicant organization.

When will I know if my application has been successful?

All applicants, successful or not, will be notified via email by mid-March.

Can the funding go toward existing activities and programs?

Yes, however you will need to specifically outline in your application what is being added to your existing programming to promote or increase sport/physical activity opportunities for equity deserving groups.

My program ended up costing more than I indicated in my application. Can I get more money?

Unfortunately, ParticipACTION will fund your activity based on your application, to a maximum of $5,000

I have seen similar grants by other organizations being awarded for up to $50,000 does ParticipACTION have that option?

Yes, ParticipACTION is interested in allocating larger grants to umbrella organizations that can work with a collective group of organizations that can help us achieve our overall grant objective.  Examples include national, provincial and municipal sport organizations and other national and provincial organizations that can reach and engage equity-deserving groups.   For more details, please contact

I still have general questions about the grant application process.

No problem, for further inquiries please contact

Also, please note we will be hosting a webinar on January 10th (in English) and January 11th (in French) that will provide more information on how to complete a great application. 

To sign up for the webinar in English please click here

To sign up for the webinar in French please click here