Pandemic Play: Child-Centred Policy in a Global Crisis


Should I go outside in the COVID-19 era?


If in doubt, let them out – a child’s right to play.


Outdoor Play Canada is a growing network of leaders and organizations working together to galvanize an outdoor play movement across Canada.


About Outdoor Play Canada

The history of outdoor play advocacy, practice and research in Canada is diverse and strong. Recently, there has been a marked increase in multi-sector efforts to align our work and build a movement together.

Position Statement

We conducted two systematic reviews to examine the best available scientific evidence on the net effect (i.e., balance of benefits vs. harms) of outdoor and risky active play.


Knowledge mobilization is an important part of increasing every child's access to outdoor play. Use these evidence-informed tools to support outdoor play in your community.

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Outdoor Play Canada is hosting it’s first Townhall Meeting on Friday, January 15th at 12pm EST...

We believe that risk is a valuable component of play.

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We believe that if all parents, neighbours, care providers, practitioners, educators, insurance providers, schools and municipalities better understood the value of outdoor play to children’s healthy development, they’d be more likely to prioritize, initiate, nurture and support efforts to get kids outside.
If we want outdoor play to be an integral part of every child’s daily life in Canada, we’re going to have to get our hands dirty. Roll up your sleeves and join us.

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