Ontario student nutrition programs provide nutritious breakfasts, morning meals, lunch and/or snacks to children and youth to support their learning and healthy development. To ensure healthy and nutritious food options, programs should follow and apply the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) Student Nutrition Program Nutrition Guidelines (2016).

In January 2019, Health Canada released the updated Canada's Food Guide (CFG).  Later in 2019, Health Canada is expected to release further information on Canada’s Healthy Eating Pattern for Health Professionals and Policy Makers. This document will provide more specific guidance for children and youth.


Most of the recommendations made in the updated CFG are consistent with the MCCSS Student Nutrition Program Nutrition Guidelines (2016).  SNPs should continue to use these existing guidelines until further direction is received from the Ministry

For more information on student nutrition programs, contact your local health unit or visit Student Nutrition Ontario to find a regional contact.




Online Learning Modules:

This online course is designed for program coordinators, school staff, administrators, and volunteers who are delivering and/or interested in student nutrition programs.  Completing these learning modules will help you to understand and apply the MCCSS Student Nutrition Program Nutrition Guidelines.

The online course consists of three learning modules. The modules should be completed in order and work best on a laptop or desktop computer. 


In this introductory module, you will learn about the core values, purpose and six guiding principles of the Student Nutrition Program Nutrition Guidelines.

Duration: 20 minutes

Version: October 2018 

In this module, you will learn about the Nutrition Facts Table and food and beverages that fit into the serve and do not serve category. 

Duration: 20 minutes

Version: October 2018 
  Module 3 - Menu Planning and Budgeting (COMING SOON!)




Student Nutrition Ontario

Student Nutrition Program Nutrition Guidelines 

Recipes for Student Nutrition Programs

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