Award Categories


The Standards and Frameworks of the Canada Awards for Excellence Program are the basis for national recognition and celebration of the successful organizations that apply.

These Standards were developed by Excellence Canada with the participation of subject matter experts and leaders of successful organizations from all sectors across the country who are passionate role-models of continual improvement in quality, wellness, and innovation. International benchmarks have been researched and incorporated to ensure that a global perspective is maintained, making these Standards equal to or better than other national Standards from around the world.

Achieving Platinum Trophy recognition under one of the categories of the Canada Awards for Excellence Program requires an organization to have met all the detailed requirements of its related Standard or Framework. However, the unique four-level design of each Standard permits organizations to be progressively challenged and recognized by certification at the Bronze Level and by Awards Recognition at the Silver, Gold, and Platinum Levels.

 

The Standards and Frameworks

 


 

Excellence, Innovation and Wellness

Meeting this Standard involves an over-arching assessment of the organization from every perspective, including employees, customers, leadership, governance, planning, processes, social responsibility, suppliers, partners, and results. Several years of trend data and evidence supporting continual and sustainable improvement must be provided. There are many organizations already operating at high performance levels that benefit greatly by the objective third-party verification and national recognition that accompanies the Canada Awards for Excellence Program.

Download the Excellence, Innovation and Wellness Standard here.

 


 

Healthy Workplace®

The Healthy Workplace® Standard drills deeply into the People driver of the holistic Excellence, Innovation and Wellness Standard to expand on each of the four main elements critical to fostering and sustaining physical and psychological health and safety of employees. These four elements are: Healthy Lifestyles, Mental Health & Workplace Culture, Physical Environment, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Organizations that have highly engaged and productive employees usually have healthy workplaces, and they may already qualify for recognition under the Canada Awards for Excellence Program.

Download the Healthy Workplace® Standard here.

 


 

Mental Health at Work®

Organizations that have successfully implemented the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace are excellent candidates for this award. For all others, the Mental Health at Work® Framework drills down even more deeply into the Healthy Workplace® Standard to focus on just the psychological health and safety of employees.

This Framework serves as a step-by-step, four level roadmap for organizations that wish to encourage, support, and implement exemplary mental health-related programs in the workplace. The design of the Mental Health at Work® Framework is based on research and knowledge pertaining to success factors of employee psychological well-being in the workplace, and the experiences and outcomes of successful organizations.

The 13 Psychosocial Factors created by Guarding Minds @ Work are incorporated into this Framework and it also includes guidance from the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

Download the Mental Health at Work® Framework here.