Frequently asked questions

Q: What is character education?

In 2006, Ontario introduced a new character development policy. The goal is to promote school environments where everyone is treated with care and respect. Under the policy, character education is to be integrated throughout the curriculum, rather than taught as a separate subject.

According to the Ministry of Education’s Guide to Character Development, the character development initiative will result in:

  • Improved academic achievement
  • Improved interpersonal relationships
  • Schools that are respectful, caring, safe and inclusive
  • Reduced behavioural problems. With the policy came new curriculum

Many schools and school boards take further steps to integrate character education by focusing on particular character attributes (e.g., respect, responsibility, honesty, integrity) for a period of time.