Healthy Schools: Daily Physical Activity

Introduction

Daily physical activity is a critical component of making sure that publicly funded schools in Ontario are healthy places to learn. Studies have shown that when the physical health and well-being of students is supported, their academic achievement improves as well. The Ontario government is committed to ensuring that elementary students have plenty of opportunities and supports to be physically active. The Daily Physical Activity Policy (PPM 138) will ensure that elementary students have a minimum of 20 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each school day.

Ensuring the physical health and well-being of Ontario students is part of Ontario’s vision for education, as outlined in Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario, 2014.

Policy

Curriculum

The existing Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Grades 1-8 is available for download.

The Kindergarten program was revised in fall 2016 and includes information on daily physical activity for JK and K students.

News Releases and Background Information

Tools

The government worked in partnership with the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association to develop a variety of resources for teachers. These resources are available for download as PDF files: