Canada Awards for Excellence

Recipient Profile

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

2017 Gold Recipient
Mental Health at Work

Ontario Shores is an innovative leader in mental health care, with a dedicated team of 1,300 staff and 150 volunteers who are passionate about enhancing care for people affected by mental health and addictions.

In 2013, the hospital became one of 40 Canadian organizations to adopt The National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace as part of a case study with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. It has an Integrated Wellness Plan that facilitates a holistic approach to wellness, a list of guiding principles that considers the psychosocial impact of organization-wide decisions, and a policy statement that holds the organization accountable to preventing harm, promoting health, resolving issues, monitoring organizational culture, and working towards sustainability and continual improvement of staff well-being.


Whitby, ON

1,300 Employees


“All of us at Ontario Shores are thrilled to receive gold level recognition from Excellence Canada for our achievements within the Mental Health at Work Framework. Participating in this national program provided Ontario Shores with a clear focus for advancing our mental health in the workplace efforts to ensure alignment with national best practices. I am incredibly proud of the work our staff do together and our shared commitment to create and sustain a psychologically healthy and safe workplace with a culture of trust, compassion and teamwork.”

Karim Mamdani, President and CEO, Ontario Shores

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