About Us

We have been Canada’s premier professional organization for physical and health educators for over 80 years

Our members are predominantly educators working in the school system, the administrators who support them and the university professors engaged in pre-service teacher training and in research in physical and health education. 

We strive to achieve our vision by supporting schools in becoming Health Promoting Schools, that include the provision of Quality Daily Physical Education and fostering healthy school communities. We support schools through a range of programs, resources and initiatives. 

Our History  

The Canadian Physical Education Association (CPEA) was founded in 1933 by Dr. Arthur S. Lamb of McGill University. In 1951, the association became incorporated to better serve the needs of its growing membership, and changed its name to the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (CAHPER). In 1994, to recognize the value and uniqueness of dance education, the name was modified to the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD). In its 75th year of service to the profession, the organization changed its name to Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada).

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