The Minister of Education has announced new funding for initiatives that aim to boost the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of Ontario students, and help make schools inclusive, safe, and welcoming learning environments.
The new and expanded initiatives include:
- Funding for active transportation, including walking school buses and biking to school programs that create more physical activity opportunities for students.
- Doubling funding for school boards to support local well-being priorities, including school breakfast programs, bullying prevention, recreational activities, and staff professional development.
- Increasing funding for School Mental Health ASSIST - a provincial support team that provides leadership, resources, and other support to help boards promote student mental health and well-being across Ontario.
- New and expanded programming to support staff well-being and violence prevention in the classroom./li>