The following provincial organizations support the immediate release and implementation of the new Health and Physical Activity (H&PE) curriculum:
- Active Healthy Kids Canada (AHKC)
- Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO)
- Association of Local Public Health Agencies - support includes the Council of Medical Officers of Health and Boards of Health (alPHa)
- Brock University
- Canadian Intramural Recreation Association-Ontario (CIRA-Ontario)
- Canadian Mental Health Association of Ontario (CMHA Ontario)
- Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
- Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE)
- Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)
- Health Nexus
- Jer's Vision
- Ontario Association for the Supervision of Physical and Health Education (OASPHE)
- Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA)
- Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Managers in Public Health (OCDPMPH)
- Ontario Collaborative Group on Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (OCGHEPA)
- Ontario Family Studies & Home Economics Educators' Association (OFSHEEA)
- Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations, Inc. (OFHSA)
- Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition (OHSC)
- Ontario History and Social Sciences Teachers' Association (OHASSTA)
- Ontario Lung Association (OLA)
- Ontario Principals' Council (OPC)
- Ontario Public Health Association
- Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA)
- Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health
- Ontario Society of Physical Activity Promoters in Public Health (OSPAPPH)
- Ontario Student Trustees' Association / l'Association des élèves conseillers et conseillères de l'Ontario (OSTA-AECO)
- Ontario Teachers Federation (OTF)
- Parent Action on Drugs (PAD)
- People for Education
- PHE Canada
- Planned Parenthood Toronto
- Propel Centre for Population Health Impact (Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo)
- Queens University
- Queer Ontario
- University of Toronto
“Physical activity is one of the most effective ways to ensure that kids reach their full potential and to ensure a healthy and productive society for all Canadians. Currently only 7% of children and youth are meeting Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines of 60 minutes per day and unfortunately these levels decrease as children move from elementary to high school. An up to date health and physical education curriculum that reflects the needs of all students is a key component in reversing these disturbing trends.”
Citation du président de l’AEFO, M. Carol Jolin, en appui à la campagne d’OPHEA en faveur d’une mise à jour des programmes-cadres d’éducation physique et de santé « Les enseignantes et les enseignants doivent pouvoir s’appuyer sur un programme-cadre d’éducation physique et de santé qui est pertinent pour les jeunes d’aujourd’hui et qui tient compte d’enjeux actuels comme la santé mentale et la cyberintimidation. À la lumière des statistiques alarmantes sur les taux d’obésité, l’abus d’alcool et de drogues et la recrudescence de maladies transmises sexuellement chez les jeunes, il est urgent que le ministère de l’Éducation mette à jour ses programmes-cadres vieux de près de 15 ans pour assurer que nos jeunes reçoivent à l’école les renseignements et la formation dont ils ont besoin pour faire des choix éclairés en matière de santé. »
(support includes the Council of Medical Officers of Health and Boards of Health) “After broad consultation with key stakeholders, the updated curriculum provides comprehensive evidence-based information which reflects societal changes and encourages students to make healthy decisions. Further delay of the new curriculum represents lost opportunities for children and youth to develop the life skills they need to navigate the pressures they experience in their daily lives.” Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, President, Association of Local Public Health Agencies
“The evidence presented in this report should concern all Ontarians. Our children and youth are participating in high risk behaviours that put their healthy development in jeopardy. We need a 21st century education for our 21st century learners. Fully releasing the secondary and elementary HPE curriculum is the best thing we can do as a society to help ensure that our children develop the health and physical literacy skills they need to lead healthy and active lives.”
“Canadian Intramural Recreation Association-Ontario's mandate is to promote fun, active, participation for all. We view the new health curriculum as an important part of every child's education. In particular we value the good work on bullying and nutrition; bullying because a child's world needs to be one of encouragement not put downs in the school away from school, on the playgrounds, or wherever else they are; and nutrition because it is foundational to a joy filled and active lifestyle.”
“The promotion of healthy active living to Ontario school children has never been greater. The new, yet unused, Ontario H&PE curriculum is needed to facilitate the development of contemporary life skills related to healthy active living, and especially for they development of physical literacy. The new curriculum is essential for this.”
“Ophea`s paper, It`s Time to Take Action for Ontario`s Kids, takes a thoughtful, considered approach to the need for an integrated physical and health education curriculum in Ontario`s schools, and the background research in the paper underscores the importance of taking action now in support of student well-being. Ophea`s work is well positioned to support the physical and mental well-being of Ontario`s students and schools.”
“It is imperative that educators have the knowledge, skills and teaching strategies to assist elementary students in attaining healthy habits, caring attitudes about their bodies, and acceptance of others," said Sam Hammond, President of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. “Nothing short of a revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum is needed if we are going to do this in a way that develops respect for diversity, individual choice, and responsibility.”
“In their report, Ophea makes a strong case for the implementation of a revised and current Health and Physical Education Curriculum to meet the needs of children in Ontario. Strong, evidence-based curriculum is an important element of a comprehensive health promotion strategy and contributes to healthy decisions and healthy communities.”
"The Ontario H&PE curriculum would save lives. Implementing this is key to addressing bullying, discrimination, homophobia, and transphobia in our schools and communities."
“As this report indicates, the health and wellbeing of our students is at risk. Students need to be equipped with 21st century knowledge and skills that will keep them safe and promote positive physical and mental health necessary to thrive in an ever changing world. The lack of a comprehensive approach from grades one to twelve is failing our students. Holding back this curriculum is not putting the students of Ontario first.”
“The Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance supports Ophea’s urgent call for a current evidence-based physical and health curriculum. Chronic disease in this province is one of our most critical health issues and an effective prevention strategy includes supporting our children to make informed, healthy decisions”.
“Public Health units across the province of Ontario have a mandate to ensure that programs and services that support healthy eating and active living strategies are delivered by and in collaboration with school boards. The most effective and efficient way to support school boards is to build on the curriculum. The Health and Physical Education curricula if fully implemented will enable Ontario children and youth to gain knowledge and skills to make healthy choices. In order to be truly effective, it is critical that the secondary curriculum be released to build on the skills introduced in the elementary panel.”
"The Ontario Collaborative Group on Healthy Eating and Physical Activity agrees with Ophea's report on the poor health status of children and youth and the call for action to release the revised health and physical education curriculum for elementary and high schools. Today's students need up to date resources to help them aquire the knowledge and skills needed to adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits that will lead to healthier lives now and in their adult years."
The Ontario Family Studies and Home Economics Educators' Association membership stands behind your push for the release of the updated H&PE curriculum. We concur with you that not only the release of your curriculum but, in addition the release of the updated Social Sciences and Humanities curriculum must happen to better support our teachers in programming for our students. Together the H&PE and the Social Sciences and Humanities documents offer curriculum that helps prepare teachers to better support students holistically. Our students need the new curriculum that has been designed with their needs in mind.
“The Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations, an organization of volunteer-members devoted to pro-active involvement in our homes, our schools and our communities in order to obtain The Best for Each Student is in support of the Ophea report, It’s Time to Take Action for Ontario’s Kids. OFHSA members are concerned with the health and welfare of children and youth. OFHSA policies, introduced and adopted by members, reflect the importance members place on issues such as Health and Physical Education curriculum. Since 1967 OFHSA members have advocated for curriculum for grades K-6 that includes discussion of family and social relationships including physiology of the sexes and the introduction at the preadolescent stage of compulsory courses on aspects of human growth and development. In 1974 they called for the inclusion of both Physical Education and Health Education as compulsory credits for an OSSD. The establishment of an Ontario physical fitness and nutrition program for all grade levels was called for in 1980. It is the expectation of OFHSA members that every curriculum used in our schools is current, relevant and based on sound educational research. The H&PE curriculum developed two years ago would have brought programs and practices up to date. Instead parts of that curriculum were delayed or withdrawn leaving curriculum in place that is over 14 years old. At that time OFHSA, along with several other concerned organizations, was pleased to support the Ophea Ontario Health and Physical Education Campaign. We now confirm our support for the implementation of the revised H&PE curriculum including the release of the secondary H&PE curriculum and the revised Human Development and Sexual Health section of the elementary curriculum. Our students need and deserve curriculum that deals with the realities they are living: this curriculum does that.”
“We fully endorse and support your Report called “It’s Time to Move on Child and Youth Health”. This report focuses on the releasing a quality elementary and secondary school health and physical education curriculum that can impact the health of our children and youth in Ontario schools.
The Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition (OHSC) defines a “Healthy School” as one that “promotes the physical, mental, social and spiritual health of the whole school community”. Without a quality “up to date” health and physical education curriculum the goal of achieving healthy schools is not feasible.
The healthy development of our children should be first and foremost in our decision makers minds because today’s children are adopting unhealthy lifestyles, which are leading to the health crisis of this century, resulting in the first generation of children to die before their parents. The major concern is that these children tend to become unhealthy adults who will face an increased risk of many illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases thus leading to increased adult morbidity and mortality in years to come.
A Quality H&PE curriculum allows students to learn about a variety of health subjects in an enjoyable and positive manner so students can gain the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to develop lifelong healthy habits. If we want to reduce health care costs in the future then we need to implement a quality curriculum that will have a positive impact on the lives of our children and youth in schools. For the sake of our children we cannot afford to wait any longer.
We commend Ophea for developing and releasing this excellent report and hope it will make a difference in the lives of our children and youth in schools across Ontario.”
OHASSTA endorses OPHEA in their efforts to expedite the release of curriculum that has been held up for two years. We are also awaiting curriculum, held up at the same time and the research tells us that we need to move away from expectations and resources that are now outdated and misleading.
“The Ontario Lung Association supports the new report released by Ophea focusing on the importance of health and physical education (H&PE) in Ontario elementary and secondary school students to lead active, healthy lives. Since asthma is more prevalent in obese individuals and is more difficult to control, it is important for students to gain the skills to be active and reduce the chances of becoming overweight. This will help meet Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care which has a goal of reducing childhood obesity by 20% over five years. Providing students with current and accurate information will allow them to make informed decisions about their health and risk taking behaviours. Delaying the onset of tobacco use, for example, is critical because the younger people are when they begin to smoke, the more likely they are to smoke as adults. When students understand the importance of following healthy behaviours, it will help prevent tobacco use, thus decreasing the chances of becoming one of the 2.4 million Ontarians with a serious lung disease.
“The Ontario Principals' Council congratulates Ophea on the release of the 2012 report "It's Time to Move on Child and Youth Health." Principals and vice-principals in Ontario's public elementary and secondary schools support a revised health and physical education curriculum that focuses on healthy lifestyles and improves student achievement. We encourage the government to move ahead with the implementation of the report's recommendations.”
“The release by the Provincial government of the updated Health and Physical Education curriculum is long overdue,” said Lori Lukinuk, Vice President of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and OPSBA’s representative on Ophea’s Board of Directors. “Our school boards need this holistic and inclusive curriculum which assures continuity in the content from Grade 1 through Grade 12. It reflects what parents expect of our school system and will encourage our students to value, participate in, and make a lifelong commitment to healthy active living.”
“The Ontario Society of Physical Activity Promoters in Public Health would definitely like to lend its support to the campaign to finalize and release the H&PE curriculum in Ontario. It is an issue that our society feels very strongly about and applaud Ophea’s continued advocacy efforts”.
Ontario Student Trustees' Association / l'Association des élèves conseillers et conseillères de l'Ontario (OSTA-AECO)
"The Ontario Student Trustees' Association / l'Association des élèves conseillers et conseillères de l'Ontario, recognizes that an ever improving and relevant health and physical education curriculum will positively contribute to the physical and mental development of Ontario's students".
“In 1998, Bill Clinton was the President of the United States, Seinfeld was still on television, and the current curriculum for Ontario’s Health and Physical Education classes was written. Ontario’s students deserve a curriculum that reflects the changes in knowledge about physical health, mental health, and bullying prevention. These improvements have already been included in the revised curriculum documents that are still in the hands of the Ministry of Education. The Ministry must release this important curriculum and allow educators to use the materials to help students learn how to improve their own health and well-being.”
“Parachute, a national organization working to bring attention to the issue of preventable injury, supports OPHEA’s call to finalize and release the updated Health and Physical Education curriculum for grades 1 -12. The curriculum includes many important topic areas including personal safety and injury prevention. It is time that Ontario’s 15 year old curriculum be updated to reflect the skill building approach Ontario’s students need to ensure that they have the capacity to take responsibility for their own health and safety. Young people need to develop risk and life-management skills in their formative years in order to become active and productive participants in our economy, workforce and communities. The updated Health and Physical Education curriculum is an important tool in helping young Canadians reduce their risks of injury and enjoy long lives lived to the fullest”.
“Parent Action on Drugs supports the pending improvements to the Health and Physical Education Curriculum, now long overdue. Evidence points to the importance of addressing critical issues of healthy, active living and having youth grounded in healthy decision-making around the important issues that they address everyday in their lives. Education about sex and substance use is grounded in information that is current and relevant to the lives of adolescents and healthy discussion is the best way to promote healthy choices.”
"ParticipACTION wants to ensure that physical activity is a vital and fulfilling part of every child's day," says Kelly Murumets, President and CEO of ParticipACTION, the national voice of physical activity and sport participation. "We support the importance of health and physical education in contributing to the development of the skills and behaviours required to lead active, healthy lives."
“Most of our health habits are established early in life, and schools are the best place to influence kids for the long-term. This report shines a light on a vital component of Ontario’s Health and Physical Education policy, and clearly lays out what’s missing and what needs to be done. The message is urgent and should be heeded.”
“Ontario has a relevant, comprehensive, high-quality, and up-to-date curriculum that recognizes and meets the needs of all students, and it’s sitting in a locked drawer in the Ministry of Education,” said Chris Jones, Acting Executive Director and CEO of Physical & Health Education Canada. “Students have waited long enough. We call on the province to release and implement the elementary and secondary health and physical education curricula and make a significant step forward in health promotion and disease prevention.”
“The new curriculum is clearly better than what currently exists, and if implemented will improve the health of our youth. It’s as simple as that. The new curriculum will give youth more information about healthy relationships and mental health – two glaring gaps in the current curriculum. As well, it better reflects the diversity of people and families in Ontario, and it provides more accurate information in age appropriate ways. If youth are going to make good decisions, they need good information. This isn’t only true when it comes to sex, but it’s especially true when it comes to sex. If we give them this good information, they will make us proud of what they do with it. As the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Toronto – an organization that is a leader in the field of sexual and reproductive health education for youth – I’ve seen it again and again.”
Propel Centre for Population Health Impact (Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo)
“At Propel, youth represent a key focus of our work. From collecting data on youth health behaviours and environments and advising governments on reducing childhood obesity to collaborating with advocacy leaders to move evidence into action, we are committed to shaping environments that promote health for young people – and the rest of us. Fully implementing the Ontario H&PE curriculum contributes to a comprehensive solution.” Barbara Riley, Executive Director, Propel Centre for Population Health Impact and member of the Healthy Kids Panel, advising the Ontario government on reducing childhood obesity."
“Schools are uniquely positioned to influence the health and well-being of youth. The Propel Centre and Physical and Healthy Education Canada – in collaboration with research, policy and practice leaders across Canada – recently built a Model for Healthy School Communities, which relies on five core components: teaching and learning, policy, physical and social environments, community partnerships and services, and use of evidence. The result? Building healthy school communities led to greater overall achievement, well-rounded students, decreased discipline problems and improved attendance, life-long health and reduced disparities. Releasing the Ontario H&PE curriculum ensures these five core components can be effectively implemented within school communities, with results that will achieve impact."
“School teachers are at the forefront of promoting the health of children and adolescents. They need current, evidence-based tools to fulfill this critical responsibility.”
“When it was released in 2010, we understood the Ministry of Education's amendments to be a much-needed update of the 1998 curriculum, lauding it as a change that would help bring Ontario's physical and health education up to par with the education provided in other provinces, most notably British Columbia. It is irresponsible for the Government of Ontario to be placing the professionally-developed curriculum on-hold while forcing students to learn the 1998 version - a version that is sorely outdated given the many medical and public health developments that have emerged since the old version's release 14 years ago. We expect more from our government and thank the Ophea for moving forward on this issue again.”
"Ontario's elementary and secondary students are being deprived of a critical resource in improving their physical and mental health. The release and implementation of the entire H& PE curricula will be a critical step to give teachers better tools to address key issues in mental and physical health!"
"The accelerated pace with which new knowledge is generated applies to all domains, including the incontrovertible evidence of the importance of healthy active living for physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioural development of children and youth. Delaying or withholding the effective translation and dissemination of the new knowledge and pedagogical approaches in the new H&PE curricula prevents parents, teachers, and society from reaping maximum individual and collective benefits. We all need the new H&PE to be rapidly released and fully implemented in the Ontario education system."
Ira Jacobs, Dean, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, University of Toronto
"The new HPE curriculum, including the section on Human Development and Sexual Health, is urgently needed and should be implemented without delay, with appropriate in-service training to ensure effective delivery. Ontario is staging the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games in the interests of improved opportunities for sport and healthy physical activity--nothing could be a more beneficial legacy of those Games than the effective delivery of this curriculum in every Ontario school."
Bruce Kidd, Warden Hart House, University of Toronto
OASPHE's Letter to Premier McGuinty
The Ontario Association for the Support of Physical and Health Education (OASPHE)
Sex Education in SchoolsPeople for Education
Additional Coverage of the H&PE Curriculum:
I Support Sexual Health Education in Ontario
This rapidly growing Facebook group provides information and discussion regarding the sexual health education controversy.
ParentCentral.ca - The Mother of All Parenting Blogs
A three-part blog post with volumes of information regarding the human development and sexual health topics within the H&PE Curriculum, and sexual education in general.