Development and implementation of the Daily Physical Activity policy in Ontario, Canada: A retrospective analysis


  • Kenneth R. Allison Public Health Ontario
  • Nour Schoueri-Mychasiw Public Health Ontario
  • Jennifer Robertson Public Health Ontario
  • Erin Hobin Public Health Ontario
  • John J. Dwyer University of Guelph
  • Heather Manson Public Health Ontario


OBJECTIVE: The Daily Physical Activity policy (DPA) is considered to be an important initiative but current perspectives suggest that it may be unevenly implemented in Ontario. The current study focused on a retrospective analysis of the initial development and implementation of DPA.

METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 central players involved in the development and implementation of DPA and transcripts were analysed thematically.

RESULTS: Findings consisted of 11 final themes focusing on the influences on policy development and implementation, the roles and relationships involved, the barriers to implementation, and the current status of DPA.

CONCLUSION: Key findings emerged in this study, such as the tension between flexibility and structure and the politics of incremental policy. This analysis contributes new insights into these issues and provides evidence both unique to the Ontario context and relevant to studies of physical activity policy and program implementation in other jurisdictions.






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