News and Updates
May 4, 2017

School toolkits available for an active celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, ParticipACTION has created the ultimate list of physical activities that define us as Canadian: the ParticipACTION 150 Play List. This active, once-in-a-150-year challenge is to try to knock off as many of the 150 Canadian activities on the list as possible, and schools across the nation are stepping up and having a blast bringing the 150 Play List to life for their students.

To help schools create their own action-packed 150th birthday bash, ParticipACTION has created a 150 Play List School Toolkit with great tools and ideas for how you can create a 150 Play List event to get students moving, all while learning about activities that reflect Canada’s different cultures, regions, and abilities.

Register your school’s 150 Play List event and apply for a Celebration Kit with banners, prizes and other materials that will be shipped right to your school. You can also download the digital150 Play List School Toolkit right from the ParticipACTION website. It’s that easy.

So get going, have fun, and see how your school can make celebrating Canada’s birthday an active affair.

May 4, 2017

Register now for full access to the Action Schools! BC website

100+ physical activity and healthy earing resources with connections to mental well-being are now available and downloadable for registered Action Schools! BC users. The Action Schools! BC website now houses over 100 new and enhanced Action Schools! BC resources that can be used by elementary educators as they work with students on learning to be healthy. The response received from users so far has been extremely positive! School staff and educators are excited to have the resources available online and to have them broken down into bite-sized activities. Register for the Action Schools! BC website here to get access to these downloadable resources.

The Action Schools! BC regional teams have been busy engaging schools and supporting them to develop and implement action plans. Those schools with completed action plans are now accessing Action Schools! BC resources and supports, including physical literacy and food literacy mentorship as well as equipment grants. Through the action planning process, schools are encouraged to think BIG and look at healthy living through a holistic and comprehensive lens to improve the education and well-being of their students. Making use of the Comprehensive School Health (CSH) Framework allows educators, health practitioners, school staff, students and others to work together to foster an environment that makes their school the best place to learn, work and play.

As they develop action plans, schools are able to identify tangible and realistic activities under each of the four pillars of the CSH Framework to help them achieve their healthy living goals and objectives. Examples of activities schools have put forward include, reducing student stress levels and increasing happiness in school, working with teachers to develop physical literacy plans for the year, reducing sugar intake and raising awareness of sugar content and many other inspiring ideas. Visit the Action Planning page on the Action Schools! BC website to learn more about action planning and contact your Regional Development Coordinator (RDC) to get your school started. 

May 4, 2017

Apply to increase youth participation and build leadership in priority sports

I·SPARC (The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council) invites First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, Friendship Centres and other not-for-profit Indigenous organizations to apply to host a Youth Sport Development Camp, National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), and/or Officials Training Session in their community.

Each of the I·SPARC’s six Regional Committees have identified priority sports for their respective region.  These priority sports serve as the focal point for region-wide sport development in the areas of youth sport camps and coaching/officials development.  The Northeast Regional Committee has identified seven priority sports:


These sports serve as the focal point for region-wide sport development programs including:

The Aboriginal Coaching Module                      
Run Jump Throw Wheel                   
SOAR (in-school delivery)                                                            
BCRPA High Five Program(s)
Steve Nash Youth Basketball
Jr. NBA Basketball Program
Spirit Lacrosse Program

Apply online here: or contact your Regional Sport and Physical Activity Coordinator through our website for more information or assistance.  Requests for activities outside of the priority list will be considered during the application review process.
March 30, 2017

What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation than with the nation’s biggest dance celebration? One of 38 Canada 150 Signature Projects, Sharing Dance Canada 2017 ( has been launched by Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) to celebrate this milestone year for Canada by getting Canadians healthy, active, and artistically engaged through dance.

 “Dance plays an invaluable role in Canada; Sharing Dance is all about encouraging Canadians to celebrate Canada’s strength of diversity and cultural richness through embracing the benefits and joy of dance,” says Mavis Staines, Artistic Director and CEO of NBS.

 Sharing Dance, which is free and easy to access at, includes:

  • Unique choreography reflecting Canadian values of diversity and celebrating people’s stories
  • A series of step-by-step online rehearsal videos breaking down the 4½-minute choreography to enable all Canadians—the young and young-at-heart—to learn the dance moves
  • Toolkits and Resources to empower schools and community groups—such as seniors’ centres, youth-based organizations, newcomer centres, as well as dance groups, studios and more—to create their own rehearsal schedules and grassroots events
  • Open rehearsals in communities across the country
  • Community performances across the country at Sharing Dance Day events beginning June 2nd  

For the 2017 choreography, NBS brought together four Canadian choreographers—representing distinct styles of dance, cultural backgrounds and geographic locations in Canada—to give voice and movement to a unique work that embodies and celebrates Canada’s diversity and artistic identity. Led by NBS artistic staff, with Kevin Ormsby as collaborative lead, choreographers include:

  • Kimberley Cooper (Calgary)
  • Eugene Baffoe (Winnipeg)
  • Tracee Smith (Toronto)
  • Roger Sinha (Montreal)

The choreography is set to a specially remixed piece of Canadian music by Afiara Quartet and Skratch Bastid: "Heavy Loaded (Skratch Bastid Remix)", featuring Tiffany Ayalik, a throat singer born in the Northwest Territories and of Inuit ancestry.

Sharing Dance Canada 2017 is funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund, and with Shaw Communications Inc. as a presenting partner. The program is made possible with the support of national partners including Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Physical and Health Education Canada, the Globe and Mail, and Scotiabank, as well as community partners across Canada.