Ensuring good psychological health and safety (PH&S) in the workplace is vitally important for all Canadians. Find out more about the Standard here.

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National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard)

Championed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), and developed by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) and the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), the Standard is a voluntary set of guidelines, tools and resources focused on promoting employees’ psychological health and preventing psychological harm due to workplace factors.

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Assembling the Pieces: An Implementation Guide to the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

Created in partnership with the CSA Group, this guide is designed to meet the needs of organizations seeking a step-by-step implementation resource for the Standard. It is geared toward senior leaders, human resource managers, and occupational health and safety professionals, offering a roadmap to implementation of the Standard through four key steps: Building the Foundation, Identifying Opportunities, Setting Objectives, and Implementation.

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The Issue - Did You Know?

  • On any given week, more than 500,000 Canadians will not go to work because of mental illness
  • More than 30% of disability claims and 70% of disability costs are attributed to mental illness.
  • Approximately $51 billion each year are lost to the Canadian economy because of mental illness.

Simply Good Business

Mental health in the workplace is an issue that impacts all workplaces and can no longer be ignored. Keeping the workforce healthy and productive is simply smart business and good for the bottom line.

Adopting the Standard Can Help Your Organization With:

  • Productivity
  • Financial performance
  • Risk management
  • Organizational recruitment
  • Employee retention

Read frequently asked questions on the National Standard

Read an overview of where the Standard is at one year later

Learn more about MHCC's Case Study Research Project – tracking various organizations across Canada as they adopt the Standard

The Standard does not discount the value of the work that organizations are already undertaking to guard PH&S of their employees, but instead provides a comprehensive framework within which to direct current and future efforts that provide the best return on investment.

Celebrating One-Year of the Standard

The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) is the first of its kind in the world. Launched in January 2013, it has already garnered much attention and uptake from coast to coast, internationally, and across all sectors and sizes as leaders champion the need to focus on PH&S in the workplace. 

“It’s time to start thinking about mental wellbeing in the same way as we consider physical wellbeing, and the Standard offers the framework needed to help make this happen in the workplace.”
Louise Bradley, President & CEO, MHCC

WATCH - Advancing Mental Health in the Workplace: National Standard One Year Later:

Also check out the press release for Jan 16 2014 event

Video Testimonials

Learn how champion organizations are promoting workplace wellness and improving PH&S in their workplace.

Available Resources

Free resources

Other resources

  • Train employees in Mental Health First Aid so they can recognize emerging mental health problems or crises in themselves and their colleagues, and provide initial help. MHFA and the Standard fact sheet
  • Learn more about how your organization can be awarded for excellence in the area of mental health  with the Mental Health at Work award from Excellence Canada 
  • The Standard resonates with public and private organizations, largely because the Standard aligns well with many already existing values and practices in the workplace. Learn more about what some Canadian employers have to say about psychological health and safety in the workplace, in a study funded by the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education, Hotchkiss Brain Institute and University of Calgary.

Learn more about what the MHCC is doing in its own workplace

Learn more about our experience implementing the Standard