Participation in physical recreation is essential to building healthy, active Canadians. By making active choices the easy choice, we can help people be more active wherever they are.
Being active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and can lead to significant benefits for both individuals and society. Active Canadians reduce their risk of health issues like heart disease, diabetes and cancer, which can save governments billions in health care costs.
INCLUSION AND ACCESS
Recreation has the ability to reach all citizens and bring people together.
No matter who you are, where you are or your ability, all Canadians should have access to a variety of recreational opportunities and be able to participate in inclusive activities that celebrate diversity.
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO NATURE
Canadians love nature and recreation very often involves getting outside. Canada’s most popular recreational activities involve spending time with nature, such as camping, hiking, or gardening.
Recreation contributes to creating walkable, safe, livable communities and helps people access the physical and mental health benefits of the natural world through the provision of parks, trails, waterways and landscaped areas.
Part of our work with the Framework is to ensure the provision of supportive physical and social environments that encourage participation in recreation and help build strong, caring communities.
By working with municipalities, schools, non-profit organizations, the private sector and communities, we can create active, supportive environments and make healthy choices easy for Canadians where they live, work and play.
We need to ensure the continued growth and sustainability of recreation in Canada. By using the Framework for Recreation as our guide and increasing collaboration at all levels, we will improve the capacity of every partner to deliver recreation opportunities to Canadians.
Canada has an amazing volunteer base, and they are the heart of the recreation community. Through the Framework, we can strengthen our volunteer community, recruit and inspire more leaders, and provide Canadian youth with more opportunities for employment and career development.