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Daily Physical Activity in Ontario

Physical inactivity has become a serious health issue for Canadian children and youth. In 2005, the Ontario government created the Daily Physical Activity (DPA) policy as part of the Healthy Schools Program. The DPA policy requires school boards to ensure that all elementary students have a minimum of 20 minutes of sustained moderate to vigorous physical activity each school day during instructional time.

PHO has conducted a series of three studies assessing the DPA policy in Ontario, looking at its development, implementation, and current status.

The questionnaires used to conduct the evaluation of DPA can be made available upon request. To request these tools, please email

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Study 1 examined the factors influencing the development and implementation of DPA. This study was based on key informant interviews with individuals from organizations involved in DPA’s development and release.

Find out more about this study and related publications

Study 2 explored the roles and experiences of public health unit staff involved in supporting and promoting DPA through their relationships with school board and school personnel. This study  included an online survey and key informant interviews with health units across the province.



Study 3 examines the current status of DPA implementation across a random sample of elementary schools in Ontario based on surveys of elementary school administrators and teachers. 

In the 2013-14 school year, online surveys were sent to a representative sample of Ontario elementary school administrators and teachers. The surveys asked participants to answer questions about the extent to which the policy is being implemented in their school or classroom during that academic year, and the factors that may influence how it is implemented. Based on study findings, we created two infographics:

Evaluating Policy Implementation Fidelity: Study Participants – Teachers

Evaluating Policy Implementation Fidelity: Study Participants – School Administrators​

Study: Evaluation of Daily Physical Activity (DPA) policy implementation in Ontario: surveys of elementary school administrators and teachers​


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