The Play Exchange’s Active at School Challenge: MP Erin O’Toole Encourages Submissions

April 24th, 2014 – Bowmanville- Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham, is reminding schools that the call for submissions for Play Exchange’s Active at School Challenge was recently announced by the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health. Submissions can be made at and will be accepted until June 18th, 2014.

The Play Exchange’s Active at School Challenge is looking for the best idea in each province and territory that helps children achieve one hour of physical activity every day. The Play Exchange’s Active at School Challenge will provide $3,000 to the top innovation, entered by a school, in each province and territory.

The Active at School Challenge brings together the government, educators, the CBC and sponsors to tackle an issue we should all be concerned about: the drop in physical activity with our young people,” says MP O’Toole.

All school submissions will also qualify for the main Play Exchange competition, which is open to all Canadians, and not just schools. The winner of the Play Exchange could receive up to $1 million to put their idea into action.


The Play Exchange is funded, in part, by the Government of Canada and supported by Canadian Tire, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and LIFT Philanthropy Partners.

Quick facts

  • A third of all Canadian children and youth are already overweight or obese.
  • Children who are overweight or obese are at high risk for serious childhood diseases like pre-diabetes, asthma, joint problems, and liver disease. They have an 80 per cent chance of becoming obese adults, and may show heart disease as early as age 25.
  • Only 4 percent of Canadian children are getting the recommended amount of daily physical activity.
  • The Play Exchange’s Active at School Challenge will accept applications until June 18th, 2014


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