Helping to create healthy schools
Learn how healthy food, daily physical activity and a healthy school environment support learning and growth to help students reach their full potential.
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Personal safety and injury prevention
There is support to help children and students with medical conditions and help schools improve concussion safety. We are increasing awareness about cannabis, to help prevent and delay cannabis use among youth and promote healthy decision-making.
Cannabis and schools
Recreational cannabis is not allowed in schools even though it is legal for adults, 19 or older. Read the rules and find resources for educators.
Healthy food choices
Learn about the food and beverage standards that schools follow.
Food and beverage policies and standards
Guides for school food and beverage policy
Healthy learning environments
Learn how schools promote physically activity, support student health and well-being and provide community access to schools outside of school hours.
Daily physical activity
Elementary students must have at least 20 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each school day. Read the policy.
Foundations for a healthy school
Health and physical education
Community use of schools
Find out how you can request access to school space outside of school hours (for example, before or after school hours, or on weekends).
School food and beverage policy (Policy/Program Memorandum 150) – Ontario’s policy on nutrition standards for food and beverages sold in schools, which 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.
Fresh from the Farm – Fresh from the Farm, healthy fundraising for Ontario Schools helps schools fundraise by selling fresh Ontario fruit and vegetables to the community, while supporting healthy eating and local Ontario farmers.
Foodland Ontario – Foodland Ontario promotes and support the consumption of fresh Ontario produce and processed agricultural foods.
Northern Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Program – The Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program provides fruit and vegetable snacks free for students, and education about healthy eating and physical activity. The program increases awareness and consumption of fruit and vegetables for elementary school-aged children.
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.
PlaySport – PlaySport helps children and youth become more physically competent as well as providing them with the skills and knowledge to lead active and healthy lives.
Raise the Bar – Raise the Bar will provide schools with resources and assistance to develop intramural programs to improve the quality of these programs across Ontario.
Try Day – Publicly-funded schools may receive up to $700 to engage students and introduce a new sport or physical activity to their current program. The Try Day grant program is funded by Ontario and administered by the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA).
Safe and accepting schools
Kids Help Phone – Elementary and secondary students can call or chat online 24/7 to get counselling on many issues, including bullying and cyber-bullying.
Personal safety and injury prevention
Sabrina's Law: An act to protect anaphylactic pupils – The act sets out the requirements for school boards to maintain an anaphylaxis policy.
Rowan's law: concussion safety – Find concussion resources for educators, coaches, parents, sports officials, athletes and health care providers.
Concussions policy (Policy/Program Memorandum No.158) – This memorandum outlines the requirements for Ontario school boards to develop and maintain a policy on concussion.
Ontario's Asthma Program – Provides recommendations and resources for seven essential goals for creating asthma-friendly elementary schools.
Substance use, addictions and related behaviours
Support to quit smoking – Ontario’s initiative to reduce smoking.
CAMH vaping resources – General information about vaping, including important facts, associated health risks and additional resources to support youth and elementary and secondary school educators in having informed conversations.
Healthy growth and development
Ontario Public Health Standards – The Ontario Public Health Standards set out requirements for fundamental public health programs and services.
Stepping Stones: A resource on youth development – A resource designed to support those who work with youth aged 12 to 25 by providing an overview of youth development.
Mental health services for children and youth – How to find mental health support for children and youth under the age of 18.
Children and youth mental health: signs and symptoms – Learn how to identify when a child or youth may need mental health support.
School Mental Health Ontario – Works with Ontario school districts to support student mental health.
Children’s Mental Health Ontario directory – A directory of children’s mental health centres across Ontario.
Roadmap to wellness: a plan to build Ontario’s mental health and addictions system – Learn about Ontario’s new plan for the mental health and addictions system.