INUVIK, N.W.T. (GNB) – Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for sport, physical activity and recreation endorsed the Canadian Sport Policy 2012 during their annual meeting, held June 26 – 27 in Inuvik, N.W.T.

"The Canadian Sport Policy 2012 complements the New Brunswick Sports Plan and, for us, reinforces the need to continue to invest in sport and healthy living," said Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living Minister Trevor Holder. "I was pleased to be an active participant in these discussions, aimed at improving the physical well-being of Canadians. Our investments in wellness and sport are paramount to helping New Brunswickers lead healthier lives now and into the future."

The Canadian Sports Policy 2012 is the successor to the first Canadian sports policy approved in Iqaluit, Nunavut, a decade ago. It is the result of consultation and collaboration among the federal government, the provinces, territories and Canada's sport and recreation communities.

The policy has been designed as a roadmap for all governments, institutions and organizations that are committed to contributing to the benefits of sport to Canadians, their communities and Canadian society, while respecting each government's jurisdiction. The vision for the policy is to have, by 2022, a dynamic and innovative culture that promotes and celebrates participation and excellence in sport.

The policy includes five goals that address all forms of sport participation throughout Canada, with a desired outcome to see the number and diversity of Canadians participating in sport increase throughout its 10-year timeframe.

The ministers approved an initial set of priorities for collaborative action in sport, which represent the governments' joint actions for implementing the policy. They directed officials to prepare a comprehensive list of priorities in consultation with the sport sector for consideration at next year's conference. They directed officials to work with non-governmental organizations to encourage their contribution to implementing the policy.

With the exception of Quebec, the ministers agreed to support a recreation round table to be hosted in New Brunswick May 29 – 30, 2013. To build on the success of the October 2011 National Recreation Summit – a joint initiative of federal, provincial and territorial governments and the Canadian Recreation and Parks Association – they directed officials to plan the next National Recreation Summit in 2014.

The ministers endorsed the Multi-Sectoral Framework for Action on the After-School Time Period, which identifies five shared areas for action, as well as opportunities for collaboration to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary activities or other unhealthy and even high-risk behaviours in the after school hours. They directed officials to work with their colleagues in health, education and other sectors, including the private sector, to explore ways to further support healthy active living and help children and youth have the healthiest start in life possible.

The ministers endorsed Actions Taken and Future Directions 2011, the first report on the Curbing Childhood Obesity Framework. The report presents actions that have been undertaken since September 2010 and key areas of action that can be taken by the federal, provincial and territorial governments as they continue to advance the framework. Quebec shares the general goals of the Actions Taken and Future Directions 2011 report, but it was not involved in its development and does not subscribe to a Canada-wide strategy in this area.

The ministers received a presentation on Active Canada 20/20, a national physical activity strategy developed by Canada's physical activity stakeholder community and co-ordinated by ParticipACTION. The strategy aims to provide a vision for physical activity in Canada and proposes actions for multiple sectors to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviours among Canadians. They directed officials to examine the strategy to determine how governments and the physical activity stakeholder community can work together more effectively to advance physical activity in Canada.

The ministers approved the establishment of an federal, provincial and territorial working group on high-performance sport, which will define and clarify the roles and responsibilities of governments and stakeholders in this area.

The next meeting of federal, provincial and territorial ministers will take place in Sherbrooke, Que., in August 2013.