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Across Canada – Quebec

December 9, 2011

via Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) –

Provincial Organizations

Association of Physical Educators of Québec (APEQ) (EN)

Fedération des Éducateurs et Éducatrices Physique enseignants du Québec (FÉÉPEQ) (FR)

View the current Quebec PE/HE Curriculum

Health and Physical Education Curriculum focus

Quebec is one of a handful of provinces that have specialized physical education teachers at all three levels of education: elementary, secondary, and Cegep. Teachers at the elementary and secondary levels have completed a bachelor’s degree in the field of physical education and teaching. Most elementary schools have one full time physical educator and a part time physical educator. Teachers at the Cegep level have completed a master’s degree in the field of physical education or a related discipline.

Elementary and Secondary Physical Education  At the elementary and secondary levels, three main areas are integrated into student-centered learning: broad areas of learning, cross-curricular competencies, and specific subject areas. Physical education falls under the subject area of personal development and is directly related to the broad areas of learning and the nine cross-curricular competencies. Competencies are set out in the personal development subject area with a focus on improving self-esteem, developing a sense of self-responsibility, familiarizing students with societal values, and developing action and interaction with others.

Broad Areas of Learning


Subject Areas

  • Health and Well-being
  • Media Literacy
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Citizenship and Community Life

  • To use information
  • To solve problems
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use creativity
  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To use ICT
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • To communicate appropriately

Personal Development

  • Physical and Health    Education(to perform movement skills in different physical activity settings; to interact with others in different physical activity settings; to adopt a healthy active lifestyle)
  • Moral Education
  • Catholic Religious and Moral Instruction
  • Protestant Moral and Religious Instruction

CEGEP (Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel or College of General and Vocational Education)  Physical Education at the Cegep level falls under General Education. All students must pass 3 physical education courses in order to graduate. The 103 course has a theoretical component that focuses on fitness, nutrition, stress, and wellness. The 104 course offers students the opportunity to develop their skills in a specific activity such as badminton, hockey, soccer, yoga, weight training, and ultimate Frisbee. The 105 course focuses on the development of personal fitness programs that students may use later in life.

Allocated Physical Education Time

  • Elementary: 120 minutes/week
  • Secondary: 150 minutes/week
  • Cegep: 3 mandated courses, 100 minutes in one class per week

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

Actual estimated Physical Education Time

  • Elementary: 45-60 minutes/week, however some schools have chosen to implement health or dance
  • Secondary: 150 minutes/9-day cycle (usually 2/9 or 3/9)
  • Cegep: 100 minutes in one class per week, OR an intensive course that lasts for 7-9 weeks with 1-2 weekend activities such as a hiking, skiing, or kayaking trips


The PEP Movement (Le Mouvement PEP) is advocating for 150 minutes of physical education and health education at the elementary and secondary level.
Also, currently advocating for a 4th mandated course at the Cegep level.

Updated: June 2, 2009


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