Definition: Percentage of adults aged 18 and older who are not meeting Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines
Rationale for measurement: Measuring physical activity levels across the country allows for the monitoring how many Canadians are leading active lives and helps to identify areas were active transportation and physical activity could be promoted.
Measurement timeframe: Years 2015-16 combined
Denominator: Total population aged 18 and older
Numerator: Number of individuals aged 18 and older who had less than 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week
Respondents with age ≤ 17 were excluded
Respondents with answers to the related questions “Don’t know”, “Not stated”, “Refusal” were excluded
Data availability: All provinces/territories
Data source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey (CANSIM table 105-0509)
Data retrieval date: October 2017
Variables details: Not applicable
Notes from jurisdictions: Not applicable
Data regarding about physical activity were downloaded from CANSIM table for the Canadian Community Health Survey data, which are based on a representative sample and then is extrapolated to the overall population.
% of physical inactivity = 100% – % of physical activity.
Canadian physical activity guidelines recommend:
For adults aged 18-64 years should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more.
Classification of physical active levels aligns to the Canadian physical activity guideline and are derived from the total number of minutes engaged in the past 7 days prior to the survey, which represent the total minutes in active transportation and moderate to vigorous recreational and other physical activities.
Changes to definition compared to previous years: Not applicable