Across Canada – New Brunswick

Provincial Organization (Anglophone sector)
New Brunswick Physical Education Society (NBPES)

View the current New Brunswick PE/HE curriculum

Health and Physical Education Curriculum focus (Anglophone)

  • Knowing
  • Doing
  • Valuing

Allocated Physical Education Time (Anglophone sector)

  • Kindergarten to Grade 5: 100 minutes/wk
  • Grade 6-8: 150 minutes/wk
  • Grade 9-10: 45-135 hours in total between grade 9 and grade 10

* Allocated time does not necessarily represent actual Physical Education time provided.

Estimated actual Physical Education Time (Anglophone sector)

  • Kindergarten to Grade 5: 90 - 120 mins average 70& PE Specialist taught
  • Grade 6-8: 150 min/wk, and approximately 90% PE Specialist taught
  • Grade 9-10: 74-112 min/wk average over 2 years, and approximately 95-100% specialists teacher taught


Continual advocacy to increase the profile and quality of physical education being offered, and improving the training/quality of physical education teachers.

Focus on Inclusionary Practices

Provincial Focus is:

  • To Ensure School Readiness
  • To Work Urgently on Literacy, Numeracy and Science
  • To Help Children Develop a Passion for Learning
  • To Give Educators the Tools to innovate and Lead
  • To Live Up to the Promise of Inclusion
  • To Engage Communities and Partners in Improving Schools
  • To Promote Cultural Identity and Linguistic Growth
  • To Create Healthy and Safe Schools

Specific actions have been identified within two phases. The re-instatement of teachers delivering Physical Education at the K-5 level is part of this plan and has been performed in the 2008-09 school year. The issue that has been raised from this positive move is the ability to find a true physical education specialist.  Our provincial universities currently do not provide programs to develop such an individual.  Thus, there is a need to advocate to both our government and university systems to work towards programs in the pre-service area and to strengthen in-service and professional development opportunities for those in the system to provide quality physical education to our students.

Healthy Foods and Nutrition in Public Schools Policy 711 
Revised March 2008 (October 2005) (
A new comprehensive nutrition-related policy has been adopted to provide students with healthy food and beverage choices in school. The aim of Policy 711 - Healthier Foods and Nutrition in Public Schools is to promote the consumption of foods with maximum nutritional value. The new policy will take immediate effect in all public schools throughout New Brunswick. The issue here is to ensure that there is movement forward and to in short, ensure that the policy is being followed by all involved.

Wellness Strategy (2009-2013) 
The provincial government's multi-year Wellness Strategy for New Brunswick is designed to deal with health issues before they become problems, and focuses on increasing physical activity, promoting good nutrition and healthy eating, preventing and reducing tobacco use, and fostering mental health and resiliency.
The provincial government has begun to move on the Final Report of the Select Committee on Wellness which was released in July 2008.  The report recognizes that there is a need for a comprehensive approach to wellness initiatives for the province.  Since this time the movement towards the adoption of Saskatoon’s InMotion to be administrated by HEPAC (Healthy Eating & Physical Activity Coalition, looks to be a major initiative which may become a key advocacy tool for the promotion of healthy eating and physical activity through out all levels of society within New Brunswick.

2008 NB Wellness Survey – 
Currently, HERG (Health & Education Research Group) based at the University of New Brunswick have been conducting student wellness surveys within the New Brunswick School System.  Fact Sheets have been produced consolidating provincial results for all schools, which include stats on:

  • Mental Fitness
  • Healthy Weights and Lifestyle
  • Social Influences and Environments

The above categories are for K-5.  Previously in 2006-07, students in grades 6-12 participated in surveys which resulted in fact sheets:

  • Mental Fitness
  • Environment
  • Healthy Weights and Lifestyle
  • Social Relationships and Influences
  • Tobacco and other problem substance use

This is a project also under the umbrella of the New Brunswick Wellness Strategy and the Provincial Education Plan (When Kids Come First). This data is vital to advocacy efforts.

Updated: April 8, 2013