Why promote healthy work environments? Canadian workers spend an average of 10.5 hours a day at work and commuting to and from work! Workplaces are an ideal setting for promoting healthy behaviours and preventing disability and disease through healthy, safe work environments. Even more, healthy workplaces are good for business. Healthy work environments improve productivity and reduce costs related to absenteeism, lost productivity, turnover, workers' compensation, and medical and disability claims.
We partner with many local, provincial and national organizations to inform and enable the creation of healthier workplaces.
Healthy Families BC
The Healthy Families BC website "At Work" section has tools and resources to help employers and employees create workplaces that support healthy choices and well-being.
WellnessFits is a free comprehensive workplace wellness program that offers businesses and organizations resources and support they need to create healthy workplaces. It is a partnership of the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon and the Province of British Columbia’s Healthy Families BC Initiative
Improving health and well-being opportunities in a work setting helps employers and employees create workplaces that support healthy choices and well-being. Here are some healthy resources:
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Workplace Health and Wellness Guide
Designed and written as a practical training and reference tool, this 190-page pocket guide will help establish a workplace health program (or enhance an existing program) by providing information, tips, charts, checklists and illustrations.
Health Canada Workplace Health
This comprehensive Workplace Health System has a goal of achieving healthier workplaces across Canada by assisting employers implement health programs and policies and integrate health considerations into their normal way of doing business.
Safety on the Job is Everyone's Business
Key worker, supervisor and employer safety tips from WorkSafeBC.
- Safety on the Job is Everyone's Business (PDF, 68KB)
Working on Wellness
WoW is a 3-year initiative lead by the BC Healthy Living Alliance. It aims to reduce preventable cancers and other chronic diseases through the promotion of healthy choices and wellness in the workplace. It builds on the success of Canadian Cancer Society’s WellnessFits workplace program by attempting to better reach two distinct populations: male dominated and/or remote and rural populations in primary industry, and First Nations communities’ local Administrative Offices.
WorkSafeBC is dedicated to promoting workplace health and safety for the workers and employers of this province, consulting with and educate employers and workers and enforcing the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.