Student Survey

What did we find out?

92% of grade 7 to 12 students in Toronto report that their health is good or better. On the surface, this looks like good news. But a closer look at the data shows that students are facing many issues that can affect health now and later in life.

It also becomes clear that the picture is worse for particular groups of students. The following key findings from the Healthy Futures report highlight some of these issues.

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  • 20% of students were bullied in the past year
  • 18% said they didn't feel comfortable talking to anyone about their problems
  • 11% reported hurting themselves on purpose (e.g. cutting or burning)
  • 12% seriously considered suicide in the past year


  • 7% of students were meeting Canada's physical activity guidelines for youth

  • 27% of students had more than two hours of screen time outside of school every day
  • Screen time increased with age


  • 9% of students were obese
  • 20% were overweight



  • 13% of students were meeting the guidelines for daily vegetable and fruit intake
  • Vegetable and fruit intake decreased with age



  • 16% of students had tried a cigarette
  • 5% smoked tobacco in the last 30 days
  • 66% were exposed to second-hand smoke



  • 26% of secondary students reported either binge-drinking (5 or more drinks on one occasion) or mixing alcohol with caffeinated energy drinks
  • 25% of students had used a drug other than alcohol to get high. Marijuana and pain medicine (e.g., percocet, Tylenol #3, and oxycontin) without a prescription were the most common 



  • 20% of secondary students reported having sex
  • 60% of students who reported having sex used a condom or other barrier the last time
  • 19% of sexually active students had been to a clinic for STI testing


  • 8% of students had untreated dental decay
  • 91% reported brushing their teeth at least once per day
  • 36% flossed at least once per day
  • 77% visited a dentist once per year or more


  • Compared to male students, female students have poorer mental health
  • Students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, other or unsure are more likely to be bullied
  • Students with lower socio-economic access are more likely to be overweight/obese
  • Compared to Canadian-born students, newcomers are more likely to have dental decay