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Healthy Public Policy – Reducing Barriers to Physical Activity

Not all residents are provided with the same opportunities to participate in physical activity, recreation and sport. There are often barriers to their participation that may be financial, social, cultural or physical in nature. Healthy public policies can reduce or eliminate those barriers. Organizations can establish healthy policy approaches within their organizations and ensure that staff are aware of and act upon those approaches to support participants to participate in their services.

These resources provide information to help understand the barriers, how to develop enabling policies, and provides some examples of existing policies that various organizations have adopted to reflect their approach to minimize the barriers to participants and encourage participation by all.

This is not an exhaustive list of resources. If you are aware of further resources or examples to include on this listing, please contact us at pacm.mb@gmail.com 

Policy Context Resources – provides information that will impact the development of policies by identifying type of barriers participants may face and supports or approaches that will help reduce or eliminate those barriers

General

The Accessibility for Manitobans Act 

http://www.accessibilitymb.ca/index.html 

Community Wellbeing: A Framework for the Design Professions https://www.conferenceboard.ca/(X(1)S(4egp5rawwhh0d1ajswmevprw))/e-library/abstract.aspx?did=9787&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

The Conference Board of Canada 

Physical Activity for Decision Makers

https://www.centre4activeliving.ca/news/2018/06/physical-activity-for-decision-makers/

Centre for Active Living

Handbook to Healthier Communities  – Influencing Healthy Public Policies

https://www.ocdpa.ca/publications/toolkit-healthier-communities-influencing-healthy-public-policies Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance

Policy and program considerations for increasing sport participation among members of underrepresented groups in Canada: A Literature Review

https://sirc.ca/app/uploads/2019/12/considerations_underrepresented_groups_final_report_.pdf

Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council

ACTIVE: a toolkit for countries to increase physical activity and reduce noncommunicable diseases 

https://www.who.int/ncds/prevention/physical-activity/active-toolkit/en/

World Health Organization

Rethinking the Canadian Sport Policy

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehpAI8RLzC8&t=34s  

TVO

Winnipeg Community Sport Policy

http://sportforlife.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/WPG-COMMUNITY-SPORT-POLICY-Jan-6-2012.pdf

The Winnipeg Community Sport Partners

A Common Vision for Increasing Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Living in Canada: Lets Get Moving https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/healthy-living/lets-get-moving.html

Government of Canada

Polar Bear Recess

https://greenactioncentre.ca/at-school/polar-bear-recess/

Green Action Centre

The Let Grow Project

https://letgrow.org/program/lgproject/

The Let Grow Project

Affordable Access

Everybody gets to play™ community mobilization tool kit

https://www.cpra.ca/toolkits

CPRA

Affordable Access to Recreation for Ontarians Policy Framework Every One Plays https://www.prontario.org/public/policy/RecAccessPolicyFinal.pdf

Parks and Recreation Ontario

Specific Populations

Indigenous

Everybody gets to play™ First Nations, Inuit And Métis Supplement

https://www.cpra.ca/toolkits

CPRA

Indigenous Physical Activity & Cultural Circle National Declaration Show Us Your Active Spirit 

http://a-pacc.com/node/85   

Indigenous Physical Activity & Cultural Circle

Indigenous Long–Term Participant Development Pathway

https://sportforlife.ca/portfolio-view/indigenous-long-term-participant-development-pathway/

Sport for Life

Indigenous Communities: Active for Life

https://sportforlife.ca/portfolio-view/indigenous-communities-active-for-life/

Sport for Life

Women & Girls

Supporting Inclusion of Newcomer Girls and Women

https://www.caaws.ca/programs/newcomer-girls-and-women/

Canadian Women & Sport (formerly CAAWS)

Actively Engaging Women and Girls

https://sportforlife.ca/portfolio-view/actively-engaging-women-girls/

Canadian Women & Sport (formerly CAAWS) and Sport for Life

Disability

No Accidental Champions: LTAD for Athletes with a Disability (2nd Edition)

https://sportforlife.ca/portfolio-view/no-accidental-champions-ltad-athletes-disability/

Sport for Life

Newcomers

Supporting Inclusion of Newcomer Girls and Women

https://www.caaws.ca/programs/newcomer-girls-and-women/

Canadian Women & Sport (formerly CAAWS)

Sport for Life for All Newcomers to Canada 

https://sportforlife.ca/portfolio-view/sport-life-newcomers-canada/

Sport for Life

Gender

LGBTQ Resources for Sport Organizations

https://www.viasport.ca/inclusion/lgbtqi2s

viaSport

Policy Development Resources - provides processes for developing policies

A Toolkit for Developing and Influencing Physical Activity Policy

https://parc.ophea.net/sites/parc-dev.ophea.net/files/pdfs/Resources/PARC_TlktAODA_31MR17.pdf

Physical Activity Resource Centre

Policy Readiness Tool

http://policyreadinesstool.com/en/

The Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease (APCCP)

National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy

http://www.ncchpp.ca/en/

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools

https://www.nccmt.ca/knowledge-repositories/search?entity=resource&locale=en&filters=168

Supporting the Policy-Making Process

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/supporting-policy-making.pdf?la=en

Public Health Ontario

Eight steps to developing healthy public policy

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/eight-steps-policy-development.pdf?la=en

Public Health Ontario

Policy Examplesprovides example policies from a variety of sources that can be used as models or templates to assist in the development of your own policies

General policy examples

Golf Canada Equal Opportunity Policy

https://www.golfcanada.ca/app/uploads/2014/06/GC-Equal-Opportunity-Policy.pdf

Golf Canada

Sample Accessible Customer Service Policy http://www.accessibilitymb.ca/pdf/dio_sample_accessible_customer_service_policy.pdf

Province of Manitoba

Sample Accessibility Plans

http://www.accessibilitymb.ca/sample-accessibility-plan.html    

Province of Manitoba

Affordable access policy examples

Fee Subsidy Program

https://winnipeg.ca/cms/recreation/leisure/feesubsidy.stm

City of Winnipeg

Equipment Loan Fee Waivers

https://winnipeg.ca/cms/recreation/rentals/recreationequipment.stm#equipmentloan

City of Winnipeg

Affordable Access to Recreation

http://www.lockeport.ns.ca/docs/GG033.pdf

Lockeport Nova Scotia

Affordable Access Program

https://www.halifax.ca/about-halifax/affordable-access-program

Halifax Nova Scotia

Affordable Access Program

https://www.regina.ca/parks-recreation-culture/classes-programs/affordable-access-program/

Regina Saskatchewan

Affordable Access to Recreation Policy

https://www.municipalityofshelburne.ca/375-affordable-access-to-recreation-policy/file.html

Municipality of Shelburne, Nova Scotia

Specific populations policy examples

Indigenous

Policy On Inclusion And Access For Aboriginal Peoples

https://softball.ca/policies/aboriginal

Softball Canada

Disability

Policy On Inclusion And Access For Persons With A Disability

https://softball.ca/policies/disability

Softball Canada

Gender

Transgender Persons Participating in Golf Canada  Competitions Policy http://www.rcga.org/_uploads/documents/2013transgenderpolicy.pdf

Golf Canada

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy Canada Games Council 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1q3_J3w_TDuM3BwJ01EZ_JgM1g5OpTzKl/view

Canada Games Council

Inclusion Policy

https://softball.ca/policies/inclusion      

Softball Canada

Gender Equity Policy

https://mods.mb.ca/about/policies/gender-equity-policy/  

Manitoba Organization of Disc Sports

Inclusion Policy

https://canadianultimate.com/en_us/p/ultimate-canada-inclusion-policy                 

Ultimate Canada

Facility accessibility policy examples

City of Winnipeg Accessibility Plan

https://winnipeg.ca/ppd/PublicEngagement/AccessibilityPlan/default.stm

City of Winnipeg

Accessibility Plan

https://www.cityofwinkler.ca/Home/DownloadDocument?docId=7c19c085-e5d4-4eb7-9880-000c6dbf81a4

City of Winkler



About the association

PACM is a coalition of organizations interested in promoting increased physical activity by all Manitobans through promotion, collaboration and education. 



Contacts

pacm.mb@gmail.com
204-235-1245
Unit 3 113 Marion St. 

Winnipeg, Manitoba

R2H 0T2


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