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Portrait of young Montrealers in grade 6

Results of the TOPO survey of Montréal children in grade 6, carried out in 2017, were released Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the Grand Rendez-vous montréalais 
« Comment vont nos jeunes? »

Municipal, education, community and philanthropic stakeholders, as well as health and social services professionals attended the event. The goal was to engage stakeholders in the city to work towards improving the health and educational success of elementary and high school students. 

TOPO data were used to identify priority issues. Around 13 400 childraen and 7 800 parents participated in the survey on lifestyle habits, physical and emotional health, school life, bullying, family life and educational success.s

Portrait of young Montrealers in grade 6?

Family environment

  • 72% live in two-parent families.
  • Almost 60% have one or both parents born outside Canada.
  • 57% speak more than one language at home.

Overall good social support

  • 86% of students reported having a high level of support from their families.
  • 62% have a high level of support from their friends.
  • 54% have a high level of support at school.

Significant differences between boys and girls

  • More girls than boys have a high level of support from their friends (73% vs. 51%).
  • 53% of boys said they had engaged in direct aggressive behaviours, compared with 36% of girls.

Risk of dropping out of school already exists

  • 5%, or 1 in 20 students is at high risk of dropping out of school.
  • This figure is higher among students from materially disadvantaged areas.


Lifestyle habits to improve

  • 65% do not meet recommended physical activity guidelines, that is, 60 minutes of moderate or intense activity daily. More girls than boys don’t meet these guidelines.
  • 62% don’t eat the recommended 6 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
  • 40% of students spend more than 2 hours a day in front of a screen during weekdays outside school hours, and 21% do so more than 4 hours a day.
  • 25% sleep less than 9 hours a day, the recommended number of hours for people in this age group.

Students from the most disadvantaged areas:

  • regularly drink sugary drinks and eat junk food.
  • spend more than 4 hours a day in front of a screen.
  • are not physically active enough.

The City of Montréal, Québec en forme and Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon provided funding for both the TOPO survey and Grand Rendez-vous montréalais 
« Comment vont nos jeunes ? ».

The TOPO survey was conducted in 2017 with the collaboration of Montréal school boards, Fédération des établissements d'enseignement privés, Association of Jewish Day Schools, and funding from Montréal – Métropole en santé. 

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Éditée par : Santé publique.
Dernière mise à jour le : 27 octobre 2020