Sports for fun and fitness

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Release date: May 21, 2019
Sports for fun and fitness
Description: Sports for fun and fitness

Sports for fun and fitness

Overall, 27% of all Canadians aged 15 and older regularly participated in sports in 2016.

Among those who did participate in sports, the majority were men.

Participation (%) in sport by men and women for immigrants and non-immigrants
Men Women
Non-immigrant 61% 39%
Immigrant 72% 28%

In 2016, the 5 most popular sports in Canada were:

  1. Ice hockey
  2. Golf
  3. Soccer
  4. Running
  5. Basketball

Most Canadians who regularly participated in sports did so recreationally.

  • Recreational: 86%
  • Competitive: 14%

What do people get out of sports?

  • Fun, recreation and relaxation: 71%
  • Physical health and fitness: 69%
  • Sense of achievement and skill development: 51%
  • Family activity: 45%
  • New friends and acquaintances: 35%

Note: These data are for all respondents aged 15 and older who reported regularly participating in sports in the 12 months preceding the survey.

Source: General Social Survey (Canadians at Work and Home), 2016.

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