Quality Daily Physical Education

QDPE: What is it?

PHE Canada launched the term Quality Daily Physical Education (QDPE) in 1988 as a way to define a program that is well-planned, taught by qualified and enthusiastic professionals, and offers a variety of learning opportunities to all students on a daily basis throughout the entire school year. PHE Canada developed a definition for QDPE that describes the "minimum" standards required for a school QDPE program.

QDPE is a well-planned school program of compulsory physical education provided for a minimum of 30 minutes each day to all students (kindergarten to grade 12) throughout the school year. A QDPE program includes:

  • Daily curricular instruction for all students (K-12) for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • Well planned lessons incorporating a wide range of activities.
  • A high level of participation by all students in each class.
  • An emphasis on fun, enjoyment, success, fair play, self-fulfillment and personal health.
  • Appropriate activities for the age and stage of each student.
  • Activities which enhance cardiovascular systems, muscular strength, endurance and flexibility.
  • A participation based intramural program.
  • Qualified, enthusiastic teachers.
  • Creative and safe use of facilities and equipment.

QDPE ensures that all children who receive it have the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and habits that they need to lead physically active lives now, and just as importantly, into the future. A QDPE school is one that values the importance of physical education to the complete learning of our children, and has engrained QDPE and physical activity into the foundation and culture of the school environment.

Since the QDPE initiative was launched by PHE Canada, the term has been widely accepted across Canada, the US, and internationally. QDPE is one of our most comprehensive strategies for increasing the physical education levels of Canadian children and youth.

PHE Canada’s Position Statement on Quality Daily Physical Education

A QDPE school provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a positive attitude toward physical activity—an attitude that will last a lifetime!


  1. QDPE in every school is essential to successfully reversing the inactivity crisis plaguing children and youth in Canada.
  2. All children and youth in Canada must receive physical education through compulsory kindergarten to grade 12 QDPE programs.
  3. All students must receive their physical education from teachers who are qualified to teach the subject.

The minimum acceptable criteria for the delivery of physical education in Canadian schools are those set out by PHE Canada.