Physical Literacy for Communities—British Columbia Initiative

Physical Literacy for Communities-British Columbia

This community initiative, supported by the Active People, Active Places, BC Physical Activity Strategy and delivered by the Sport for Life Society, seeks to improve the development of physical literacy in British Columbia, which leads to increased physical activity, positively impacting health and well-being. The Physical Literacy for Communities–British Columbia initiative will support 17 B.C. communities over a two-year period in educating and activating local decision makers, increasing capacity by training leaders, and creating the environment to develop physical literacy in multiple setting and sectors.

Project Leadership / Mentorship

The lead applicant of each selected community has convened local sector representation and identified community partners / stakeholders.  Each community has been assigned a community mentor to provide expertise, facilitate meetings, guide the planning process, assist to set project milestones, create a community plan and report on progress.  The community leads and community mentors will also be supported by an associate mentor(s) who will continue to develop their own mentorship skills and help to bring capacity-building over the course of the project. Mentors and associate mentors were selected by Sport for Life and participate on weekly calls convened by Thomas Jones, the Physical Literacy for Communities–British Columbia Project Manager.

Resource Support and Professional Development Support

Sport for Life has created an extensive suite of online resources and educational materials / tools/ templates that are available to the mentors, associate mentors and the communities participating in this project.

Sport for Life is providing ongoing professional development training to mentor and associate mentor so that each will acquire the skills to become a learning facilitator able to deliver relevant project presentations and workshops. These include: Physical Literacy 101, Physical Literacy 201, Physical Literacy 501 (Inclusive), Physical Literacy Instructor Program (Module 4 – Quality Physical Literacy Experience and Program Evaluation) and Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development.  Mentors and associate mentors will also hone their facilitation skills as they relate to Collective Impact and Continuous Improvement (Kaizen).

2019 Intake Application

The Physical Literacy for Communities—British Columbia Initiative provides services and funds to the value of up to $50,000 over a two-year period, including education, training and mentorship.  In 2019 there will be the opportunity for 8 additional British Columbia applicants to join the current 9 selected toward the collaborative design and multi-sector development of physical literacy.

Applicants are encouraged to review the 2019 application package that includes:

  • Further information on the Physical Literacy for Communities—British Columbia opportunity
  • A pre-screening for community eligibility (Appendix A)
  • An application form (Appendix B)

Deadline for submission of applications is January 15, 2019


Informational Webinar

To support those communities who are interested in submitting an application for 2019, we hosted an informational webinar to review the project details and answer any questions.

Community Selection from 2018 Intake

Since the launch of the project in March 2018, Sport for Life Society has overseen the recruitment and selection of nine regional applicants (from 22 applicants) representing a total of 30 communities across all five health authority regions.

The selected communities for this first intake are:

  • Prince George
  • Sooke-Westshore (Colwood, Langford, Metchosin, the Highlands, View Royal)
  • Oceanside (City of Parksville, Town of Qualicum Beach, Nanoose Bay, Coombs, Errington, French Creek, Bowser, Deep Bay, Qualicum Bay)
  • North Shore (West Vancouver, Bowen Island, Lion's Bay)
  • Port Coquitlam
  • City of Langley and Township of Langley
  • Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (Summerland, Penticton, Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos)
  • Cranbook
  • Kimberley