Gearing Up

Establishing Our Goals

The goals and priority outcomes of Gearing Up outline our aspirations for all middle years children and their families, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit children and families.

In addition, to address the legacy of colonialism and in recognition of the unique context and worldview of First Nation, Métis and Inuit children, families and communities, a distinct and direct focus is reflected in Gearing Up, including a specific goal focused on improving outcomes for Indigenous children.


All middle years children thrive as individuals and as members of their families and communities.

Guiding Principles

Goals and Outcomes

Children Are Active and Well

1. Ontario children play and are physically healthy.

2. Ontario children feel happy and mentally well.

3. Ontario children learn and practice healthy habits and connect to the natural world.

Children Have Caring and Connected Families

4. Ontario children have at least one consistent caring adult in their lives.

5. Ontario families are financially stable and secure.

6. Ontario families are supported to thrive and are active in their children’s lives.

Children Have Positive Relationships

7. Ontario children form and maintain healthy, close relationships.

8. Ontario children respect others and value diversity, equity and inclusion.

9. Ontario children feel safe at home, at school, online and in their communities.

Children Engage in Learning

10. Ontario children are curious and love to learn.

11. Ontario children have relevant learning experiences that address their diverse interests, strengths, needs and abilities.

12. Ontario children gain the knowledge and skills they need.

Children Feel Valued

13. Ontario children are discovering who they are and who they want to be.

14. Ontario children are proud of their cultures and identities and live free from discrimination.

15. Ontario children can express what matters to them.

Communities Support Children and Families

16. Ontario families are supported, engaged and inform the decisions that affect them.

17. Ontario families know about and easily access high quality resources in their communities.

18. Ontario service providers, governments and communities foster belonging and wellbeing of children and families.

Indigenous Children Thrive

19. First Nations, Métis and Inuit children and families are physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually well.

20. First Nations, Métis and Inuit children participate in and feel proud of their traditions, languages, cultures, and identities.

21. First Nations, Métis and Inuit children are engaged in and contribute to their families, communities and cultures.

22. First Nations, Métis and Inuit families and communities are supported to be self-determining in defining and meeting the needs of their children, families and communities.

23. Ontario service providers and governments and Indigenous communities respond to local needs and priorities and are accountable to communities.