Ontario Supporting Student Success and Wellness

Province Seeking Input on Well-Being in Schools

November 3, 2016

Ministry of Education

Ontario is seeking input on student well-being to inform a provincewide plan for kindergarten to Grade 12 that supports learning and ensures that students can flourish and thrive.

Well-being is a positive sense of self, spirit and belonging that is felt when cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs are being met. The consultations will help develop a common understanding of what promoting well-being means in schools, better understand the challenges and opportunities, and determine meaningful indicators of well-being.

The province is consulting with a diverse range of partners in education, health care, youth justice, social services, business, arts and culture and the non-profit sector, as well as francophone partners and communities to incorporate their unique identities, cultural backgrounds and perspectives. The ministry is also working with Indigenous partners to co-develop supports and indicators of well-being for Indigenous students that can help inform the larger well-being strategy for all students.

People can read the engagement paper entitled Well-Being in Our Schools, Strength in Our Society, and submit their views by:

  • Providing feedback via the Engagement Portal
  • Organizing their own discussions on student well-being by using the Engagement Kit

Supporting the well-being of students is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Children who have a positive sense of self are better able to meet the challenges of a fast-paced and increasingly interconnected world.
  • Promoting well-being is one of four goals of Achieving Excellence, Ontario’s renewed vision for education. The other three are achieving excellence, ensuring equity and enhancing public confidence.
  • Throughout the curriculum, including the newly revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum, students are provided with opportunities to learn about well-being.
  • Since 2011, School Mental Health ASSIST is helping Ontario’s school boards build professional capacity to promote mental health for all students.
  • Since 2013, the government has invested more than $540 million in safe schools and equity and inclusive education to support the work of school boards and school communities. In 2016-17, an additional $65 million will be invested.
  • Launched in 2009, Ontario’s award-winning Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy aims to help the education community identify and address discriminatory biases and systemic barriers to support the achievement and well-being of all students.

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“Our goal is for children and students to become caring, confident and capable citizens in their communities. That is why we must focus on their well-being as a critical component to long-term student success in school and beyond. As we begin this engagement, I encourage everyone to join in the conversation and share what promoting well-being for students means to you.”

Mitzie Hunter
Minister of Education

Media Contacts

Heather Irwin
Communications Branch

Patrick Searle
Minister’s Office


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