Ontario’s Revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum

Organization Sponsor: Ontario Ministry of Education


Program Description

The revised Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum is the most significant health promotion intervention the province of Ontario has ever seen . In January 2010, the Ministry of Education released a revised elementary H&PE curriculum that would enable students to thrive in an ever-changing world by making good decisions for their personal health and wellbeing.
- The original version of the 2010 elementary H&PE curriculum that was released in January 2010 is the only curriculum (in any subject area) that integrates the learning of important living skills such as critical thinking, personal skills, and interpersonal skills and addresses a comprehensive range of topics including:
physical activity , healthy eating ,mental health , sexual health,
safety and injury prevention, substance use, human development.

The development of the revised H&PE curriculum was the result of a comprehensive two year process that involved gathering of evidence and best practices from around the world and consultations with thousands of experts, parents, and for the first time, students themselves.

Funding Sources: 

The Ontario Ministry of Education

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Development of support materials for educators and
community leaders.
•Ophea H&PE Resources: Grades 1-8
•Updates to Ontario Safety Guidelines
•Supplementary Materials for Community Leaders
•Professional development opportunities
•Research and evaluation
•Partnership development: Provincial, Regional, Local
72 School Boards (60 English, 12 French)
70,800 elementary teachers in Ontario’s 4034 publicly
funded elementary schools.
36 Public Health Units.
Faculties of Education and Universities.
Other community leaders.

Impact Of Program: 

It has the potential to directly reach 2.1 million students attending Ontario's 5,000 publicly funded schools, including at-risk population subgroups such as children and youth of low socio-economic status, rural/urban communities, remote/Northern communities, ethno-cultural groups, as well as Anglophone and Francophone communities.

Evaluation Tools: 

Ontario has invested heavily in a new health and physical education (H&PE) curriculum designed to help our 21st-century students deal with the 21st-century world they live in.It has the potential to be the most significant health promotion intervention the province has ever seen.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

The revised health and physical education curriculum is based on the vision that the knowledge and skills
acquired in the program will benefit students throughout their lives and help them to thrive in an ever-changing world by enabling them to acquire physical and health literacy and to develop the comprehension, capacity, and commitment needed to lead healthy, active lives and to promote healthy, active living.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

“According to the World Health Organization (WHO), many of the leading causes of death, disease and disability can be prevented or significantly reduced through effective school health programs.”

Length and Stage of Project: 



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