The comprehensive workplace wellness standard

Healthy Workplace®

Together with our clients, we are committed to making the world of work a better place. We help organizations achieve a healthy workplace where individuals can feel they are valued, engaged and can thrive.

Corporate Culture by Design, not Default

Create a healthy, safe and supportive
place to work.

The Healthy Workplace Standard developed by Excellence Canada in partnership with health and safety professionals and mental health specialists, serves as a roadmap for organizations in any sector that wish to encourage, support, and implement exemplary health-related programs in the workplace.

As you progress towards a healthy workplace, our certification and awards program, the Canada Awards for Excellence, provides you with independent verification and valued recognition for your achievements.

Elements of a Healthy Workplace

The Standard includes four elements that identify what a Healthy Workplace involves

Physical Environment

Attention to occupational health and safety in the physical environment
OH&S has been legislated in Canada for more than 100 years, aiming to reduce the risk of fatalities and workplace disabilities. This driver involves fully and continually addressing matters of occupational health and safety, including the possible impacts of new technologies, production changes, increasing demands on time, and cost containment measures.

Healthy Lifestyles

Support for healthy lifestyles
This involves helping employees develop and maintain healthy lifestyle practices, drop unhealthy/risky habits and make optimal use of the health care system.

Mental Health and Workplace Culture

A workplace culture that supports mental health
OH&S has been legislated in Culture is created, reinforced and sustained by ongoing patterns of relationships and communications that are known to have an important influence on psychological health and safety. This driver involves an organizational culture that reflects values that support mental health, such as trust, fairness, respect, diversity, inclusion and teamwork.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
The interrelationship between the community, the workplace and the employee is known to influence employee health and well-being, as well as the health and performance of the organization. CSR activities are often seen as voluntary, going above and beyond what is legislated or required. This driver includes how the organization’s CSR activities address workplace aspects such as occupational health and safety, human rights, community development, environmental protection and emergency response.

Canada Awards for Excellence Recipient

Carleton University

4 Levels of Progressive Certification

Independent validation and national recognition through the Canada Awards for Excellence, the country’s most coveted organizational awards program.

Certification consists of four levels and is designed for organizations that want to establish a culture of continual improvement, build improvement plans, and measure how they are progressing at each stage of their journey.
Bronze | Foundation
The Bronze level demonstrates a clear commitment to physical and psychological health and safety in the workplace. The organization is in the early stages of implementing a long-term strategic focus on a healthy workplace that promotes good principles and practices as outlined in this Program. The organization is committed to continuous improvement with awareness and education on the Standard, and uses internal and/or external assessment, either in a pilot project or across the organization, to help establish priorities for improvement.

Key outcomes of Bronze level are:

  • Broad team support of the organization’s vision, mission, and values
  • Recognition of the importance of embedding healthy workplace principles in decision-making at all levels of the organization
  • Policy statements related to healthy workplace
  • Drafting of an organization-wide or pilot Healthy Workplace plan
Silver Level – Advancement
The Silver level builds on the commitment and foundation established at the Bronze level. Across the organization there is a solid methodology based on the Requirements, implemented in key areas. The organization is changing from a focus on reacting to issues to a more preventative approach. Positive results are being achieved from improvement efforts in some areas.

The key outcomes of Silver level are:

  • Wider understanding by employees of the organization’s strategic approach to a healthy workplace
  • Broader participation by employees in achieving the organization’s healthy workplace goals
  • Evidence of strategic and operational plans
  • Establishment of baseline indicators, measures and related goals for healthy workplace
Gold Level – Role Model
The Gold level builds on the solid implementation of the healthy workplace Standard established at the Silver level. Understanding and applying the Standard has resulted in an organization-wide strategic focus on the elements of a healthy workplace. There is evidence of a sound, systematic approach towards a healthy workplace.

The key outcomes of the Gold level are:

  • Positive achievements in meeting and exceeding strategic goals
  • An organization-wide focus on healthy workplace issues
  • Positive results across all drivers, across all areas/departments of the organization
  • Widespread quantifiable improvements as a result of moving from reactive to proactive approaches and practices
Platinum Level – Sustained World Class Performance
The Platinum level builds on the achievements and outcomes from the previous three levels with an emphasis on establishing sustainable practices. The organization has achieved good to excellent results and demonstrates positive trends from its efforts to improve the health aspects of its workplace. The organization can clearly identify sustained improvements against specific objectives and goals.

The key outcomes of the Platinum level are:

  • Sound systemic approach to a healthy workplace
  • Continuous improvement as a “way of life” with full integration into culture and systems
  • Sustained positive improvements in all areas over at least three years (trend data required)
  • Viewed as a leader in terms of knowledge sharing, industry and benchmark leadership, and best practices

What Our Clients are Saying…

At Toronto East General Hospital we have undertaken a journey to develop and sustain a culture of quality, wellness and continuous improvement. TEGH believes that quality combined with a healthy workplace is vital to achieving the organization’s success and to making it the best place to give and receive care. TEGH emphasizes a mentally and physically healthy workplace that supports a work-life balance. Implementing the Mental Health at Work program is a vital component of our strategy and demonstrates our commitment to a healthy environment.

Wolf Klassen, Vice President, Program Support, Toronto East General Hospital

Excellence Canada’s Mental Health at Work® program represented a significant validation of the Commission’s Wellness Plan and our efforts to implement the Standard. The Program’s further alignment with the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety, along with Excellence Canada’s evaluation process, will assist organizations to ensure that their actions, programs and policies are congruent with the Standard. Organizations that are recognized at the National level through the Canada Awards for Excellence can truly be said to be industry leaders in establishing positive employee and organizational health cultures and the Commission is proud to be part of this growing movement

Louise Bradley, President and CEO, Mental Health Association of Canada (MHCC)

Saint Elizabeth has achieved uncommon growth and social innovation because of the ideas, passion and commitment of its staff. Excellence Canada’s mental health and Wellness program fits extremely well with our efforts to continuously empower support and recognize staff.

Shirlee Sharkey, President & CEO, Saint Elizabeth Health Care

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Working with your team and drawing from our experience, we create the best possible outcomes for our clients. Includes training, coaching and consulting.

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Excellence Canada certification provides independent validation of progress on your journey to excellence and national recognition.

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Receive many benefits such as the opportunity to participate on on-site verification visits, network with other partners, access to best practices, and discounts on services and training, to name a few.
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