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:

Updated curriculum documents

 

Parent Guides and Other Resources

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