Physical Literacy

Promote the understanding and awareness of Physical Literacy for life

What is 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.”  – The International Physical Literacy Association, May 2014  

Where can I find statistics and current information about physical literacy in Canada?

Canadian Sport for Life is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. Canadian Sport for Life links sport, education, recreation and health and aligns community, provincial and national programming.

Active for Life: is the place where parents go to learn about how to make a difference in the health and happiness of their children.

PARASport Ontario: provides support to all members of the disability community – regardless of age or stage in life – to find, connect with, and participate in competitive and recreational sport programs and activities of their choice to enhance physical function and quality of life.

Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Girls in Sport and Physical Activity: is an organization dedicated to creating an equitable and inclusive Canadian sport and physical activity system that empowers girls and women – as active participants and leaders – within and through sport.

ParticpACTION: As Canada’s premier physical activity brand, ParticipACTION helps Canadians sit less and move more through innovative engagement initiatives and thought leadership.


Who is physical literacy for?

Children, Youth, Parents, Grandparents
Wondering what physical literacy is? Learn how you can support your child’s growth, development, and well-being through physical literacy!

Do you have a health assignment on the health benefits of physical activity? Want to learn more about how to lead healthier and happier lives? Check out these resources!

Adults and Seniors
A key message embedded in the theory and practice of physical literacy is to gain the skills necessary to be active for life! It’s never too late to start!

First of all, thank you for all you do to create opportunities for quality physically active experiences! Physical literacy will help improve your athletes’ overall physical skills and ability making them a stronger athlete in ANY activity they so choose!

Early Years Educators
Just like learning the 1-2-3s and A-B-Cs is an important step towards numeracy and literacy skill,  learning to run- hop-throw is an essential step for getting kids ready to be active for life!

Find resources, lesson plans, and websites that will help you effortlessly incorporate physical literacy into your daily classroom routine and the Ontario School Curriculum!

Camp Counselors
Trying to find games and activities to keep your kids engaged and occupied can tricky when you have a diverse group with a large range of abilities. Physical Literacy is a framework you can use to help your camp kids gain meaningful skills and abilities!

When can I take a workshop on physical literacy?

Upcoming Training: TBA

Get past physical literacy workshop presentations and resources by clicking this link!