Canada Awards for Excellence

Recipient Profile

Carleton University

2019 Gold Recipient
Mental Health at Work

For more than a decade, Carleton University has launched targeted initiatives nurturing healthy living and positive mental health. In 2014, Carleton adopted the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace and joined the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Case Study Research Project as the only post-secondary institution to participate.

To support and promote mental health on campus, Carleton University has a comprehensive Healthy Workplace Strategy 2019-2022. On an ongoing basis they host a number of events, including the first-ever Mind Your Wellness: Mental Health Fair, they offer a suite of training opportunities, including the Workplace Mental Health Leadership Certificate and Building Resilience. The Not Myself Today campaign was unveiled in June, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association. The Healthy Workplace Committee and Champions, enthusiastic ambassadors of the Healthy Workplace initiative, bring workplace wellness to the forefront of daily life, ensuring it’s embedded within the culture at Carleton University.


Ottawa, ON

2,100 Employees

Over 300 Carleton faculty and staff attended the first-ever Mind Your Wellness Mental Health Fair. One participant adding her thoughts to the Gratitude Wall.

“At Carleton University, we are fully committed to addressing and de-stigmatizing mental health issues, for example through our award-winning Student Mental Health Framework, the Not Myself Today campaign, 24/7 service with Empower Me and our remarkable therapy dog program. Excellence Canada’s Mental Health at Work framework continues to guide us on this important journey.”

Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon, President and Vice-Chancellor, Carleton University

Previous Awards

Mental Health at WorkSilver, 2017; Bronze, 2015

Healthy Workplace®Platinum, 2017; Gold, 2015

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