Quality Daily Physical Activity (Q.D.P.A.)

Healthy students are better learners. In Ontario, all elementary schools are required to provide children in grades 1 to 8 with at least 20 minutes of sustained moderate to vigorous daily physical activity (DPA).  This has a positive effect on a student’s physical, mental and cognitive development as well as their academic performance. It will help to improve their: 

  • Grades and test scores
  • Self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image
  • Classroom behaviours
  • Feeling of being connected to the school and their classmates
  • Sense of belonging for children with developmental or learning differences

Schools can help students be more physically active by providing:

  • Quality physical education programs that support the development and assessment of physical literacy
  • Build physical activity breaks into classroom lessons
  • Encourage students to participate in intramural sports and sport teams
  • Support Recess for Ambassadors for the Playground (R.A.P.) program
  • Promote and support Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) programs

Resources and Websites for DPA



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