Physical and Health Education Canada's Quality Daily Physical Education Award Program Opens for the 2016-2017 school year

Thursday, February 2, 2017


Physical and Health Education Canada’s Quality Physical Education Award Program Opens for the 2016-2017 school year

National Award Program Recognizes Schools for their Commitment to Providing Quality Physical Education Programs. 

Ottawa – February 2, 2017  Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) has announced the launch of the Quality Daily Physical Education (QDPE) Award application for 2016-2017. Schools are assessed against standardized criteria, which includes the amount of daily physical education; lesson plans and assessment strategies; professional development opportunities for teachers; and fun, fair, cooperative programming, among others. Qualifying schools are assigned a star level from one star to four star and receive the official title “QDPE” or “QPE” school; the opportunity to purchase a banner to hang in their school gymnasium; national publicity; a letter of congratulations from the Prime Minister and the PHE Canada President; and a personalized certificate with their school’s name. Any Canadian school can apply online before March 27th, 2017 at

According to Brian Storey, Physical and Health Education Canada President and CEO, “Schools are uniquely positioned to reach the majority of Canada’s children. A quality physical education program in schools is critical to supporting all children in developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be active for life.” Storey goes on to say, “participation in the QDPE awards program provides meaningful information to PHE Canada. It allows us to advocate for quality programming across the country, including daily curricular instruction and the employment of qualified instructors.” 

Over 400 schools across Canada received a QDPE Award in the 2015-2016 school year. This translates to over 170,000 children benefiting from a quality physical education experience that will build in them the foundation to be active and healthy for life.       

PHE Canada advocates for and advances quality physical education and quality health education programs offered in Health Promoting Schools to enable the healthy development of the whole child. Learn more at


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