Time involved in recreation and sports and leisure activities

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There are many sources of data about time spent in various sports, recreation and leisure activities.

Time Use Report (Statistics Canada)

  • The proportion of Canadian children and adolescents who are participating at least weekly in an organized, extracurricular activity is quite stable and between 75% and 83%.
  • The proportion of adolescents who exceed 2 hours a day on TV and video games has increased from 27.2% in 2003 to 31% in 2007/2008. When all screen time is included in the figures, those who have exceeded 2 hours a day has risen to 54.5 to 63,7%.
  • The proportion of retired seniors and time spent in active leisure activities (physical, cognitive and social) remained stable between 1992 and 2005). Source: Statistics Canada Time Use Survey.
  • In 2009, Ontarians reported spending an average of $3,742 on recreation per year.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) : In FCM data Quality of Life reports there are 12,523 recreation facilities in Niagara and 1,318,988 citizens (12%of the total population) were registered for recreation programs in 2006.

The 2008 General Social Survey reported the day by day time amounts Canadians spend on various activities.

In that report they state that Canadians spend 30 minutes a day on sports and 14 minutes on other active leisure (not specified) They report much more time at passive leisure activity, including 2 hours and 6 minutes on an average day watching television.

Table 12.1

  • Passive  leisure – watching TV 2:06
  • Passive leisure – reading books, magazines, newspapers :20
  • Passive leisure – other :03
  • Active leisure – sports :30
  • Active leisure computer use :20
  • Active leisure – video games – :09
  • Active leisure – other:- :14
  • Socializing in restaurants – :17
  • Socializing in homes – 1:07
  • Work – 7:46
  • Work – paid 3:37
  • Activities related to work (commuting) – :25
  • Unpaid work – 3:34
  • Personal care activities – 10:45
  • Housework and related activities- 3:11
  • Civic and voluntary  activities- :23
  • Education and related activities – :36
  • Night sleep – 8:17
  • Meals – 1:02
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