Our History

Historically, the OHSC developed from OPHA’s Healthy Schools Workgroup that was formed in January 2000 as a response to grave concerns about reductions in school-based health and social services.

Building on foundational work done by the Community Health Nurses’ Initiatives Group of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, the workgroup drafted a resolution advocating for comprehensive approaches to school-based health promotion, which passed at the Ontario and Canadian Public Heath Association’s Annual General Meetings in 2000.

In December 2000, the OPHA Healthy Schools Workgroup merged with the University of Toronto Centre for Health Promotion’s School Health Interest Group and the Coalition of Ontario Agencies for School Health to form the OHSC. The OHSC is the Ontario school health network affiliated with the Canadian Association for School Health.

>> OHSC History-April 2016[PDF]