Resources

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

Tools

Download the Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play

Download and use the Position Statement as an knowledge sharing, advocacy tool to support outdoor play in your community. Print on 8.5 x 11 paper with a 4/4 score and fold.

Support the Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play

Join the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute's Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research team and more than 345 supporters of the Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play.

Take a risk, go play outside.

Outsideplay.ca is an online tool to help parents and caregivers confidently allow their kids to engage in more outdoor play. It was a collaborative initiative between University of British Columbia(UBC), BC Children's Hospital and the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit to support parents and practioners to find a more balanced approach to understand the importance of risky play and work towards a plan for change.

Download the Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play

Read about the background of the Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play and the two published systematic reviews that informed it, "What is the Relationship between Risky Outdoor Play and Health in Children? A Systematic Review" and "What Is the Relationship between Outdoor Time and Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Physical Fitness in Children? A Systematic Review"

Stories

Peterborough Public Health

This is a story of one public health unit promoting play as a human right, design, well-being and equity issue. It includes collaboration, community engagement and comprehensive research to address play spaces in response to questions about falls prevention in children. Peterborough Public Health undertook an extensive review of evidence related to outdoor play spaces for children to interpret the research evidence on issues such as outdoor play, safety and risk, injury prevention, physical activity and physical and mental health.

Statement from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health

Outdoor play is supported by Canada's national public health leaders. The Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health (CCMOH) Statement supports and endorses the Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play. Use this statement as an advocacy tool in your community to tell the story of how access to outdoor play is essential for every child's healthy development.

Practice

Outdoor play legal precedent.

A claim for compensation after a playground accident was been rejected in a precedent-setting legal case in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 2015. In the Thompson v. Corporation of the District of Saanich, The Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play was used as "social fact" and stated that, "risk-taking is encouraged within reasonable limits on the basis that children who never hazard a chance are unlikely to develop properly either physically or emotionally.