Daily Physical Activity
Twenty minutes of daily physical activity are critical to making publicly funded schools healthier places to learn and improve student achievement. This step in the government’s Healthy Schools Plan will ensure that elementary students have a minimum of 20 minutes of sustained moderate to vigorous physical activity each school day.
On October 6, 2005, Education Minister Gerard Kennedy announced that every elementary student will take part in a minimum of 20 minutes of daily physical activity as part of the government's Healthy Schools Program. Read more
In addition, Deputy Minister Ben Levin issued a Policy/Program Memorandum to schools and school boards explaining details of the initiative, as well as memoranda on the same topic to Directors of Education (PDF, 29 KB) and Elementary School Principals (PDF, 29 KB).
The government has been working 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:
The existing Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Grades 1-8 has been updated to reflect the policy change and is available for download. The Kindergarten program will be revised this fall and will include information on daily physical activity for JK and K students.