Code of Ethics


  • To assist all Canadians to live an active healthy lifestyle, and embrace a high level of fitness education standards both Provincially  and Nationally.



  • To provide opportunities for education, communication, and professional development in the area of fitness* and health. 
  • To develop, implement and promote a comprehensive fitness* leader certification program. 
  • To work with key partners for the advancement of active healthy living.

*OFC definition of fitness is as follows:  Fitness includes not only physiological fitness, but also the concept of active healthy living, where physical activity is seen as a vehicle for personal growth, a major contributor to physical, mental and social well being and improved quality of life. (Adopted June 1990) 



The Ontario Fitness Council is an organization of individuals and organizations with a professional or personal interest in fitness and in the well being of society.

We, the members, recognize the importance of a positive dynamic state of well being, that integrates the body, mind and spirit.

We are dedicated to fitness excellence.  We aim to:

·         act with integrity at all times

·         recognize our moral and social responsibilities and be willing to act accordingly

·         make an extra effort to use our skills and resources where they are most needed

·         strive for excellence in everything we do


As an OFC Certified Professional Fitness Leader, I am guided by the Ontario Fitness Council’s principles of professional conduct, whether working with clients, the public, or other fitness and health professionals.



Principle 1:  Actively support and promote the goals and philosophy of the Ontario Fitness Council.

Principle 2:  Provide and deliver instructional/trainer services in a safe, professional manner and exercising professional judgement in the best interest of the client/s, at a level consistent with his or her scope of practice ensuring that client/s needs are met.

Principle 3:  Maintain professional competence by continually upgrading education and knowledge in regards to the latest research in health and fitness and by understanding its practical application.

Principle 4:  Respect the autonomy, individuality and dignity of each client/s and provide instruction/training with respect for human rights and without discrimination.

Principle 5: Uphold and enhance public well-being, appreciation and trust for the health and fitness industry by providing a high level of excellence in both professional skills and knowledge by meeting or exceeding the standards of the OFC.   

Principle 6:  Preserve the confidentiality of client information acquired in the course of his or her professional practice, as well as comply with all applicable business, employment and/or copyright laws and regulations.

Principle 7:  To achieve the best possible outcome for a client/s, understand the roles and contributions of other medical or health care providers and consult with and/or refer to them as appropriate.

Principle 8: Establish and maintain clear professional boundaries.