Health and Well-Being
Ontario’s curriculum is recognized as world class and sets high standards of achievement for all students and supports the government’s goals of achieving excellence, ensuring equity, promoting well-being and enhancing public confidence.
Well-being is a core component of Ontario’s renewed vision for education. Ontario is committed to the success, safety and well-being of every student and child – that’s why it’s important that Ontario’s curriculum is current, relevant and age-appropriate to support students in having the best information possible to make informed decisions about their health and well-being.
In drafting this curriculum, the government consulted with experts, parents, students, teachers, faculties of education, universities, colleges and numerous stakeholder groups including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Ontario Public Health Association and the Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition.
The revised curriculum promotes the healthy development – physical, social, emotional, and cognitive -- of all students, and builds the skills and knowledge to lead and promote healthy, active lives now and in the future.
The revised curriculum also contains new material related to important issues – healthy relationships, consent, mental health, online safety and the risks of sexting – and is more inclusive of Ontario’s diverse population.
For more information on Ontario’s updated Health and Physical Education curriculum, please see below:
Parent Guides and Other Resources
- A Parent Guide to the Revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Grades 1-12
- A Parent Guide: Learn More About Human Development and Sexual Health in the Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Grades 1-6
- A Parent Guide: Learn More About Human Development and Sexual Health in the Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Grades 7-12
- Myths and Facts for Parents
- Key Messages for Parents
- Quick Facts for Parents: Online Safety, Including Risk of Sexting
- Quick Facts for Parents: Healthy Relationships and Consent
- Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education
- Achieving Excellence: Ontario’s Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario
There is a wide variety of resources available in this section to help parents/guardians and students in supporting their mental health and overall well-being. Support is also available from community agencies and organizations, and many others who serve KPR schools, local hospital emergency departments and crisis lines, including Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or at kidshelpphone.ca