Nutrition and physical activity

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Many studies have made connections between the development of a healthy lifestyle, student health, and the risk of dropping out. Poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle can hinder learning and academic performance.

Courses of effective action

  • Establish strategic partnerships among stakeholders in the health, education, and family services sectors.
  • Offer activities that are attractive to both girls and boys.
  • Make agreements with various organizations to make it easier to use their facilities or equipment in the community.
  • Facilitate the implementation of active transportation.
  •  Promote a healthy lifestyle on both small and large scales.

School perseverance at a glance

  • 79.8%

    of Montreal students obtain a diploma.

    A 12.1% improvement since 2009.

  • 18%

    of Montreal youth drop out before graduating.

    A 6.6% improvement since 2009.

  • 26%

    of Québec dropouts are in Montreal.

    This represents 2,080 Montreal youth who left school without graduating in 2015.

  • 28.9%

    of Montreal kindergarten students are vulnerable in at least one developmental domain.

    This is higher than the Québec average of 25.6%.

  • 84%

    of Québec elementary students living in the most underprivileged conditions are in Montreal.

    An average of 25,245 Montreal families with a child under the age of 18 live in a highly underprivileged area.

Government graduation-rate target for 2020


(Target for the Montreal region, students aged 20 and under)