Physical activity for children and youth

Learn about the benefits of physical activity and find programs in your community


  • helps maintain a healthy weight
  • builds a healthy heart
  • increases fitness levels
  • reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes
  • improves mental health and mood
  • strengthens bones and muscles

Canadian physical activity guidelines

Choose the age-specific guideline to learn how much activity your child needs every day:

Programs in your community

Provincial recreation organizations
Find an organization in your community.

Ontario Trails
Search for an Ontario trail near you.

A government-wide strategy to encourage cycling for families.

Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund
A grant program supporting sport, recreation and physical activity projects.

The Community Aboriginal Recreation Activator (CARA)
Program helping First Nation reserve communities to meet their sport and recreation needs.

60 minutes a day
A partnership with OPHEA and the Hero of Play program, formerly ACTIVE AT SCHOOL, to get children more active everyday.

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For More Information

Call ServiceOntario, Infoline at:
1–866–532–3161 (Toll–free)
In Toronto, (416) 314–5518
TTY 1–800–387–5559.
In Toronto, TTY (416)327–4282
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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