Healthy Schools: Links

The following websites provide a wide range of information to help make Ontario's schools healthier places for students to learn and grow.

Healthy Eating

  • School Food and Beverage Policy (Policy/Program Memorandum 150)
    This Policy includes nutrition standards for food and beverages sold in schools. The policy applies to food and beverages sold in all venues on school property through all programs, and at all events on school property, including bake sales and sport events. Teacher guides, online training workshops, and additional resources are provided. Ministry of Education.
  • Fresh from the Farm
    Fresh from the Farm, Healthy Fundraising for Ontario Schools is a pilot project offering a new approach to fundraising for schools, selling fresh Ontario fruit and vegetables to the community, while supporting healthy eating and Ontario's farmers.
  • Eat Right Ontario
    EatRight Ontario is a service funded by the Government of Ontario that provides easy-to-use nutrition information to help people make healthier food choices. Registered Dietitians provide EatRight Ontario visitors with feature articles on food and nutrition, meal planning advice, healthy eating tips and recipes.
  • Foodland
    Foodland Ontario is a consumer promotion program. It was established in 1977 and since then, has partnered with producers to champion, promote and support the consumption of fresh Ontario produce and processed agricultural foods. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
  • Healthy Kids Strategy
    Ontario has an ambitious goal to reduce childhood obesity by 20 per cent over five years. That is why Ontario has created a panel of experts to recommend how we can keep more kids at healthy weights. Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Northern Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Program
    The Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program (NFVP) increases awareness and consumption of fruit and vegetables for elementary school-aged children by providing no cost fruit and vegetable snacks in combination with healthy eating and physical activity education and awareness. Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc. (OAFE)
    OAFE works to increase awareness of the agri-food industry by providing educational programs and tools. Tools include educational resources for elementary and secondary school students and workshops for teachers. Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
  • Student Nutrition Program
    Funding program that provides food in elementary and secondary schools through breakfast, lunch and snack programs. It offers nutrition guidelines to support selection of appropriate foods. Ministry of Children and Youth Services

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Physical Activity

  • Daily Physical Activity (Policy/Program Memorandum 138)
    This policy directs school boards to ensure that all elementary students have a minimum of twenty minutes of physical activity each school day during instructional time. Resource guides are available for teachers, principals and school boards. Ministry of Education.
  • Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids
    The Government of Ontario and TO2015 have created a program to help every kid be a Pan Am/Parapan Am Kid. This means children and youth can learn about and participate in different sport, recreational and cultural activities before, during and after the TORONTO 2015 Games. Resources and activities for elementary and secondary educators, after-school leaders and recreational staff. Ministry of Education, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
  • Raise the Bar
    "Raise the Bar is an exciting new program designed to improve the quality of intramural/houseleague programs across Ontario. Raise the Bar will provide schools with resources and assistance in the development of these programs."
  • Try Day
    The Try Day grant program is funded by the Ministry of Education, and administered by the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA). Publicly-funded schools may receive up to $700 to engage students and introduce a new sport or physical activity to their current program. Ministry of Education.

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Safe and Accepting Schools

  • Safe and Accepting Schools
    The Safe and Accepting Schools webpage offers a variety of resources about safe, inclusive and accepting schools to support student achievement and well-being.  This webpage includes information on bullying prevention, Ontario's code of conduct, progressive discipline, the Comprehensive Action Plan for Accepting Schools, the Safe Schools Strategy and related policy/program memoranda and other resources for all members of the school community. Ministry of Education.
  • Registry of Resources for Safe and Inclusive Schools
    The registry assists school boards and schools in identifying and selecting resources that may be appropriate for purchase or use to help prevent bullying and promote safe and inclusive schools. Ministry of Education.
  • Kids Help Phone
    Kids Help Phone provides 24/7 online and phone counselling for elementary and secondary students on issues including bullying and cyber-bullying. Ministry of Education.

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Personal Safety and Injury Prevention

  • Concussions Portal
    This new web portal has evidence-informed concussion resources for educators, coaches, parents, sports officials, athletes and health care providers. The portal provides the most up-to-date information about preventing, identifying, and managing concussions. Ministry of Education, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Concussions Poly/Program Memorandum No.158
    Released on March 19, 2014 this memorandum outlines the expectations for Ontario school boards to develop and maintain a policy on concussion. The strategy includes components for awareness, prevention, identification, and management of concussions. Ministry of Education.

  • Asthma Plan of Action
    The Creating Asthma Friendly Schools: A Resource Kit provides recommendations and resources for seven essential goals for creating asthma-friendly elementary schools. Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Council of Ontario Directors of Education – Health and Safety in Schools Project
    The Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) has been engaged by the Ministry to assist with coordination of a Student Injury Prevention Initiative for Ontario schools. This site introduces resources, communications, e-learning modules, memoranda, and updates on initiatives introduced by CODE's Health and Safety Team. Ministry of Education.
  • Live Safe! Work Smart!
    Free classroom-ready resources for Kindergarten to Grade 12 to meet safety-related expectations in the curriculum and provide lots of appropriate learning opportunities. Ministry of Labour.
  • Young Workers Awareness Program
    The Young Workers Awareness Program website provides students with the information they need to protect their health and safety on the job.

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Substance Use, Addictions and Related Behaviours

  • Open Minds, Healthy Minds
    The Open Minds, Healthy Minds report outlines Ontario's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy to transform the mental health system through a clear mission, forward-thinking vision and long-term strategies for change.
  • Smoke-Free Ontario
    Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care initiatives for youth include:
    • Capacity building in youth prevention (Youth Advocacy Training Institute): Training youth and adults who work with youth to develop and implement initiatives that improve the health of their communities.
    • Community-based youth tobacco use prevention: Local and regional youth-led tobacco prevention initiatives delivered by public health units using a youth engagement approach. Youths are engaged in tobacco control activities in both educational and community settings.
    • School-based tobacco use prevention pilot program: Implementation of a new youth prevention pilot program in 24 elementary and secondary schools across Ontario during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. The program utilizes a healthy schools approach with a focus on youth engagement to address tobacco use prevention in schools and the greater community.

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Healthy Growth and Development

  • Healthy Kids Strategy
    Ontario has an ambitious goal to reduce childhood obesity by 20 per cent over five years. That is why Ontario has created a panel of experts to recommend how we can keep more kids at healthy weights. Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Ontario Public Health Standards
    The Ontario Public Health Standards establish requirements for fundamental public health programs and services, which include assessment and surveillance, health promotion and policy development, disease and injury prevention, and health protection. Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Stepping Stones: A Resource on Youth Development
    Resource created by the Ontario Government in broad consultation with researchers, youth, community leaders and service providers. Designed to support those who work with youth aged 12 to 25 by providing an overview of youth development, developmental maps, and tips for implementation. Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

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Mental Health

  • Child and Youth Mental Health Services
    Mental health services are delivered to children and youth by numerous community agencies located throughout the province. Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
  • Ontario's Policy Framework for Child and Youth Mental Health
    As the champion of children and youth, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services has developed a policy framework to provide strategic direction for ongoing improvements over the next decade. The framework applies to all Ontario children and youth up to age 18. Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
  • Open Minds, Healthy Minds
    The Open Minds, Healthy Minds report outlines Ontario's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy to transform the mental health system through a clear mission, forward-thinking vision and long-term strategies for change.
  • Supporting Minds
    Supporting Minds: An Educator's Guide to Promoting Students' Mental Health and Well-Being is a K-12 resource guide developed by the Ministry of Education. The guide provides educators with information on the early signs of mental health and addiction problems, along with strategies that can be used in the classroom to support students.

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General Information

  • Aboriginal Education Strategy
    Ontario's Aboriginal Education Strategy includes initiatives that support learning and achievement for Aboriginal students. It also helps raise awareness about First Nation, Métis and Inuit cultures, histories and perspectives in all Ontario classrooms. Ministry of Education.
  • Community Use of Schools
    This program encourages increased use of schools by not-for-profit groups at reduced rates. Ministry of Education.
  • Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) Study
    The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study (HBSC) is a school-based survey administered every 4 years. It captures health-related information by asking questions of youth 11 to 15 years of age. Canada has participated since 1989/90 with the most recent HBSC administered in 2009/10.
  • Healthy Communities Fund (HCF)
    Healthy Communities Fund (HCF) Grant Program provides non-capital seed funding to non-profit organizations for the delivery of health promotion projects in communities across the province. Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Healthy Kids Strategy
    Ontario has an ambitious goal to reduce childhood obesity by 20 per cent over five years. That is why Ontario has created a panel of experts to recommend how we can keep more kids at healthy weights. Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Joint Consortium on School Health (JCSH)
    The Province of Ontario, through the Ministries of Education and Health and Long-Term Care, is a member of the pan-Canadian Joint Consortium on School Health (JCSH). As part of the agreement between the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to jointly participate on the JCSH, a School Health Coordinator position has been established and is currently located at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Ontario's Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy
    The Ontario Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy was launched in April 2009. All members of the school community are to be treated with respect and dignity. The strategy is helping educators across the province better identify and remove discriminatory biases and systemic barriers to student achievement. Ministry of Education.
  • Ontario Public Health Standards
    The Ontario Public Health Standards establish requirements for fundamental public health programs and services, which include assessment and surveillance, health promotion and policy development, disease and injury prevention, and health protection. Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Public Health Units
    There are 36 public health units in Ontario. Health Units administer health promotion and disease prevention programs to inform the public about healthy life-styles, communicable disease control including education in STDs/Aids, immunization, food premises inspection, and healthy growth and development which includes parenting education, health education for all age groups and selected screening services.

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