Physical Literacy

Physical Literacy Consensus Statement

Canada’s Physical Literacy Consensus Statement was released at the International Physical Literacy Conference this June 13, 2015. The Consensus Statement, including a definition of Physical Literacy, was developed by a group of experts with input and support from over 1300 individuals interested and working in the area of physical literacy from across Canada.

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

The statement include 4 interconnected elements:

  • motivation and confidence,
  • physical competence,
  • knowledge and understanding. and
  • engagement in physical activity for life

The principles for physical literacy are:

  • is an inclusive concept accessible to all,
  • represents a unique journey for each individual,
  • can be cultivated and enjoyed through a range of experiences in different environments and contexts,
  • needs to be valued and nurtured throughout life, and
  • contributes to the development of the whole person.

You can read the whole Physical Literacy Consensus Statement by clicking  here.

ParticipACTION’s Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth (2015)


Dr. Dean Kriellaars from Canada Sports for Life and the University of Manitoba

PHE Canada

ECO Source, ReRooted in Play




Web Sites:

New Ontario Physical Education Curriculum:

Elementary      Secondary

Dr. James Mandigo’s Presentation from Have a Heart for Burlington’s Physical Literacy Summit (May 2015)

Together Through Physical Literacy

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