National Health and Fitness Day Act (S.C. 2014, c. 34)

Act current to 2017-11-20

National Health and Fitness Day Act

S.C. 2014, c. 34

Assented to 2014-12-16

An Act to establish a national day to promote health and fitness for all Canadians

Preamble

Whereas the Parliament of Canada wishes to increase awareness among Canadians of the significant benefits of physical activity and to encourage Canadians to increase their level of physical activity and their participation in recreational sports and fitness activities;

Whereas it is in Canada’s interest to improve the health of all Canadians and to reduce the burden of illness on Canadian families and on the Canadian health care system;

Whereas many local governments in Canada have public facilities to promote the health and fitness of their citizens;

Whereas the Government of Canada wishes to encourage local governments to facilitate Canadians’ participation in healthy physical activities;

Whereas the Government of Canada wishes to encourage the country’s local governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and all Canadians to recognize the first Saturday in June as National Health and Fitness Day and to mark the day with local events and initiatives celebrating and promoting the importance and use of local health, recreational, sports and fitness facilities;

Whereas Canada’s mountains, oceans, lakes, forests, parks and wilderness also offer recreational and fitness opportunities;

Whereas Canadian Environment Week is observed throughout the country in early June, and walking and cycling are great ways to reduce vehicle pollution and improve physical fitness;

And whereas declaring the first Saturday in June to be National Health and Fitness Day will further encourage Canadians to participate in physical activities and contribute to their own health and well-being;

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Short Title

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the National Health and Fitness Day Act.

National Health and Fitness Day

Marginal note:National Health and Fitness Day

 Throughout Canada, in each and every year, the first Saturday in June shall be known as “National Health and Fitness Day”.

Marginal note:Not a legal holiday

 For greater certainty, National Health and Fitness Day is not a legal holiday or a non-juridical day.

 
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