Who We Are

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CFLRI is a national research agency concerned with educating Canadians about the importance of leading healthy, active lifestyles.

Established in September 1980, in recognition of the need identified by national organizations, federal and provincial governments, and Canadian universities, the Institute is the leader in bridging the gap between knowledge on physical activity and its use.

A registered not-for-profit applied research institution, CFLRI operates on funds received on an annual basis from the Fitness/Active Living Program Unit of Health Canada, from contracts and grants, and from publication sales. Its charitable number is 0740621-21-10.

The Institute is directed by a Board of Directors comprised of eminent scholars and professionals in the areas of public health, physical education, sport sciences, recreation, and medicine, as well as universities and federal and provincial levels of governments.

How do our activities impact society?


  • monitor change in the physical activity and health status of Canadians through the Physical Activity Benchmarks Program;
  • develop research priorities and recommend strategies to increase physical activity levels for reducing the public health burden associated with sedentary living;
  • assist governments in developing policies and setting targets for increasing the physical activity and fitness of the population by providing the evidence necessary for them to respond effectively to change and determine priorities for investment of public resources;
  • increase individual awareness of the benefits of an active lifestyle by synthesizing and interpreting research knowledge and distributing it to policy makers and professionals in the public and private sector as well as to individual Canadians. The Research File, a regular series of research summaries, targets policy makers and program-delivery professionals. The Lifestyle Tips series offers helpful information on becoming more active and maintaining an active lifestyle;
  • help agencies who promote health, fitness, and well-being to develop more effective policies and programs;
  • develop scientific understanding of physical activity and identify requirements for further research.