Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Sleep (PASS) Indicators

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Percentage (%) of adults who meet physical activity guidelines by accumulating at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more, aged 18-79 years, by sex, Canada, 2016-2017
024681012141618202224FemalesMalesSexPercentage (%)Females: 15.0%Males: 17.8%Total population: 16.4%Legend
Percentage (%) of adults who meet physical activity guidelines by accumulating at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more, aged 18-79 years, by sex, Canada, 2016-2017
SexPercentage (%)95% CI
Total population16.412.4 - 20.4
Females15.010.2 - 19.8
Males17.812.0 - 23.6

Notes: Current Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines call for adults are to accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week, obtained in bouts of 10 minutes or more.

Source: Canadian Health Measures Survey 2016-2017

Measure Description

DefinitionTo achieve health benefits, the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults (http://csepguidelines.ca/adults-18-64/) and the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults (http://csepguidelines.ca/adults-65/) call for 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA) each week, obtained in bouts of 10 minutes or more for adults 18 to 64 years and older adults aged 65 years and older. This indicator uses accelerometer data to estimate the proportion of the Canadian adult population meeting this guideline.
Data SourceCanadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS), Statistics Canada
PopulationPopulation aged 18 to 79 years
Data AvailableSex, age group (5 year, life course), highest level of education (household, respondent), household income, and trend (age-standardized)
Estimate CalculationNumerator: Number of adults aged 18 to 79 who obtained at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity per week accumulated in 10-minute bouts. Denominator: Total population, aged 18 to 79 years. Data from accelerometers was used in the analysis of this indicator, specifically the Statistics Canada derived variable AMMDPWA.
Additional RemarksPhysical activity can be measured both through objective methods, such as wearing an accelerometer or pedometer, and through self-reported information collected on a survey. Both methods have strengths and weaknesses. Historically, self-reported information on leisure time physical activity has been used to track the physical activity levels of adults in Canada. However, the inclusion of more sophisticated accelerometer technology on population health surveys, such as the CHMS, now allows for measurement of adherence in the same units as the guidelines.


Suggested Citation

Center for Surveillance and Applied Research, Public Health Agency of Canada. Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Sleep (PASS) Indicators Data Tool, 2020 Edition. Public Health Infobase. Ottawa (ON): Public Health Agency of Canada, 2020.

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