TORONTO, Ont. – A new report from an education advocacy group says there’s a shortage of physical education teachers in Ontario’s elementary schools.
The report from People for Education found only 45 per cent of the 1,000 schools they surveyed had a specialist physical education and health teacher on staff.
The majority of those schools say their phys-ed teachers only hold the role part-time.
The shortage is most pronounced in northern Ontario where only 22 per cent of schools have phys-ed staff compared to 75 per cent of schools in the Toronto area.
The report also says the shortage is preventing most students from meeting the 20 minutes of mandatory daily physical activity required by the province.
People for Education says promoting health early on in a child’s education can have lasting impacts and is calling for more comprehensive funding to address the shortage.