About Us

Ophea’s work takes place on traditional Indigenous territories across Ontario. Ophea’s head office is located on the traditional Indigenous territory of the Wendat, Anishnaabek (Ah-nish-in-a-bek), the Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-no-show-nee), Mississaugas of the Credit Nation, and the Métis Nation. We recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous Peoples on this land and we are grateful to have the opportunity to meet and work on this territory.

Our Vision

Our vision is that children and youth value and enjoy the benefits of healthy, active living. Since 1921, we have worked in partnership with school boards, public health, government, non-government organizations and companies to develop groundbreaking programs and services. Ophea (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association) is a registered provincial charity. 

Our Strategy

So Every Student Can Thrive is Ophea’s Equity-centred Strategy for Well-being in Ontario Schools. As we develop and deploy our strategy, we expect to create a shift — both in the sector and in our own workplace. Listening to, learning from and — most importantly — centering those who’ve experienced marginalization will give us an exciting opportunity to contribute to a future where every student feels that they belong in their school community and that their health and well-being is prioritized and supported.


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We Are Leaders 

We champion healthy, active living in schools and communities through quality programs and services, partnerships and advocacy.

We Are Connectors 

We have established relationships within the Ontario education and public health sectors. We work with and support:

  • Teachers in all 5,000 publicly funded schools
  • Education leaders in all 72 English and French school boards
  • Health professionals in all 34 public health units
  • Pre-service teachers in all 13 provincially recognized faculties of education

We Are Providers

We are the best known organization for supporting the implementation of health and wellness initiatives in Ontario schools (Environics, 2017).

What Does Ophea Mean to You?