Government of Canada invests in programming to promote physical activity and healthy living

News release

June 3, 2024 | Ottawa, Ontario | Public Health Agency of Canada

The Government of Canada recognizes that supporting Canadians in leading healthy and active lives is also an investment in building healthy communities and a healthy country.

Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Physical Activity, and the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced more than $9 million through the Healthy Canadians and Communities Fund to seven organizations to advance projects that will support healthy living for Canadians, specifically those who are experiencing health inequalities. Organizations include 8 80 Cities, Green Communities Canada, National Capital Region Equitable Recreation Network, Outdoor Play Canada, Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation, Sustainable Calgary Society and Unity Health Toronto.

Physical activity is key to preventing chronic disease and improving overall physical and mental health. It helps people to live longer, more vibrant, productive, and happier lives.

These organizations share a common goal of creating and promoting programming and infrastructure to improve physical activity and provide community members with the possibility of being active where they live, work and play.


"Our government is working to provide all Canadians with opportunities to get physically active and participate in sport. Through the Healthy Canadians and Communities Fund we are supporting more Canadians who are experiencing health inequalities to develop and maintain good habits that will help them lead healthier, longer, and happier lives."

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Sport and Physical Activity

"Our government is committed to work alongside community partners to help everyone achieve their optimal health. Today's announcement will allow many community-centred organizations to offer programming that address the risk factors for chronic disease. The resulting partnerships and built environments will help foster better health through physical activity and have a beneficial impact on communities across the country including the most vulnerable and marginalized among them."

The Honourable Mark Holland
Minister of Health

Quick facts

  • The Public Health Agency of Canada's Healthy Canadians and Communities Fund supports projects that promote better health and aim to lower the risk of chronic disease by tackling common modifiable risk factors, namely unhealthy eating, tobacco (through cessation/prevention) and physical inactivity.

  • The 24-Hour Movement Guidelines offer advice on what we can all do to make our whole day matter—by moving more, reducing sedentary time, sitting less and sleeping well.

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Renée LeBlanc Proctor
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Minister of Sport and Physical Activity

Christopher Aoun
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Mark Holland
Minister of Health

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

Public Health Agency of Canada

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