Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Sleep (PASS) Indicators

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(New) Percentage (%) of Canadian parents who believe that it is unsafe for their children or youth to play outside during the day, aged 5-17 years, by population centre/rural area classification, Canada, 2019
0102030405060708090100Rural areaSmall population centreMedium population centreLarge urban population centrePopulation centre/rural area classificationPercentage (%)Rural area: 3 Small population centre: 3.1 Medium population centre: 4.9 Large urban population centre: 7.3 Total population: 5.8
(New) Percentage (%) of Canadian parents who believe that it is unsafe for their children or youth to play outside during the day, aged 5-17 years, by population centre/rural area classification, Canada, 2019
Population centre/rural area classificationPercentage (%)95% CI
Total population5.85.4 - 6.2
Rural area3.02.3 - 3.7
Small population centre3.12.4 - 3.9
Medium population centre4.93.8 - 6.1
Large urban population centre7.36.7 - 7.9

Notes: (New) highlights indicators not previously reported upon and/or for which the measure or data source has changed.

Source: Canadian Health Survey on Children and Youth 2019

Measure Description

DefinitionThis indicator captures the proportion of parents who believe that it is unsafe for their children or youth to play outside during the day.
Data SourceCanadian Health Survey on Children and Youth (CHSCY), Statistics Canada
PopulationPopulation aged 5 to 17 years
Data AvailableSex, gender, age group (5 year, life-course), province/territory (crude), population centre/rural area classification, household income adequacy, highest level of education (household), Indigenous status, immigration status
Estimate CalculationNumerator: Number of Canadian parents who report that they believe that it is unsafe for their children or youth to play outside during the day. This indicator is defined by variable "opa_025". A value of 3 "somewhat unsafe" or 4 "very unsafe" constitutes a belief that it is unsafe to play outside during the day. Denominator: Total population of Canadian parents with children or youth aged 5 to 17 years.
Additional RemarksPrevious versions of this indicator utilized the Physical Activity Monitor (PAM) data. Therefore estimates are not directly comparable. For all children and youth aged 5 to 17 years, responses are provided by the "person most knowledgeable" (PMK). This might be a parent, grandparent, or guardian. Sex is based on reported sex at birth and is drawn from the variable DHH_SEX. Gender refers to current gender which may be different from sex assigned at birth and may be different from what is indicated on legal documents. Gender is based on either self-report for youth aged 12 to 17 on variable SBG_010, or PMK report on variable RRS4_30 for children aged 5 to 11 and youth who did not self-report gender. The three options for gender are "male", "female", or "please specify". Those who specified a gender other than male or female are categorized as gender diverse.


Suggested Citation

Center for Surveillance and Applied Research, Public Health Agency of Canada. Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Sleep (PASS) Indicators Data Tool, 2021 Edition. Public Health Infobase. Ottawa (ON): Public Health Agency of Canada, 2021.

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