Heart Zone is a pilot project that focuses on the development and delivery of inclusive school physical activity programming for young people who are newcomers to Canada. The objective of the project is to engage newcomers in the planning and implementation of physical activity programming, focusing on meaningful experiences that are centered around student’s identities, histories, and experiences.
The pilot will run from February to June 2023 and will focus on supporting children and youth (ages 5 to 17) whose families arrived in Canada less than five years ago. Through funding from Sport Canada, the project will be focused in one school community in the following provinces: Prince Edward Island, British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. Participating school communities will be provided with funding to support the planning and implementation of their program.
The pilot will include the following main activities:
- Planning Workshop
- Program Development
- Program Implementation
- Program Evaluation
PHE Canada will work with newcomers and educational stakeholders to ensure programming is culturally responsive, inclusive, and developmentally appropriate for the participants. Through the school environment, and in providing engagement opportunities throughout the school day, the project will provide a naturally accessible setting for students of all backgrounds and abilities to safely and effectively engage in quality sport and physical activity programming.
To express your interest in the pilot, please complete the application form by Monday, January 30th.