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October is Canada's Healthy Workplace Month


October is Canada's Healthy Workplace Month

Canada NewsWire

Register today to access resources, activities and tools to plan your employee wellness campaign

TORONTO, July 4, 2018 /CNW/ - Workplaces across Canada are invited to participate in the 18th annual Canada's Healthy Workplace Month®, presented by Great-West Life and managed by Excellence Canada, which takes place throughout the month of October.

Logo for Canada's Healthy Workplace Month 2018 (CNW Group/Excellence Canada)

Canada's Healthy Workplace Month® is Canada's longest-running initiative to promote workplace wellness. More than 3,000 organizations are expected to participate in this year's event by hosting their own employee engagement campaigns and launching new workplace wellness initiatives. 

"A healthy workplace is key to building a happy and productive workforce," said Jeff Macoun, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Canada, at Great-West Life. "As one of Canada's leading benefits providers, we continue to see how health and wellness initiatives can help organizations attract the best talent and unlock the full potential of their workforce. We're proud to work with Excellence Canada to promote healthy workplaces that ultimately improve the well-being of employees across the country."

To participate, organizations can visit to access campaign planning tools, including more than 150 suggested employee activities. They can also register for free as an administrator or coordinator to receive added tools and access to coaching.

Win a spot in the Healthy Workplace® Showcase

This year, Canada's Healthy Workplace Month® will be showcasing the most outstanding initiatives being taken by small, medium and large organizations across Canada. Organizations can earn a spot in the web showcase by submitting their plans to support employee well-being and organizational health.

Applications can be submitted through the Healthy Workplace® website until November 30, 2018. Winners will be selected based on predefined criteria and announced in December 2018.

Realize the benefits of a healthy workplace

Canada's Healthy Workplace Month® is about building awareness of the importance of workplace health for the short and long-term success of organizations and for the well-being of their employees.

"A healthy workplace can set an organization apart in today's competitive marketplace by attracting and retaining talent," said Allan Ebedes, President and CEO of Excellence Canada. "Empowering employees with tools to improve their well-being can also lead to measurable improvements in employee engagement, customer experience, productivity, communication and workplace culture."

The 18th annual Canada's Healthy Workplace Month® is made possible thanks to generous support from the following sponsoring organizations:

  • Presented by:  Great-West Life
  • Champions of Excellence:  Manulife Financial, Sun Life Financial
  • Supporters: Region of Durham, Saint Elizabeth, WSIB

About Excellence Canada

Canada's Healthy Workplace Month® is managed by Excellence Canada, an independent, not-for-profit corporation that is committed to advancing organizational excellence across Canada. Since 1992, Excellence Canada has helped thousands of organizations become cultures of continuous quality improvement and world-class role models, through its four-level certification methodology including the Excellence, Innovation and Wellness® Standard, Healthy Workplace® Standard, and Mental Health at Work® Framework.

About Great-West Life
Great-West Life is a leading Canadian insurer, focused on improving the financial, physical and mental well-being of Canadians. For more than 125 years, our customers across Canada have trusted us to provide for their financial security needs and deliver on the promises we have made. Together with our subsidiaries London Life and Canada Life, we serve the financial security needs of 13 million people across Canada.

As an Imagine Caring Company supporting the principles of corporate citizenship and benchmarks for community investment established by Imagine Canada, our companies contribute at least one per cent of pre-tax profit in support of the communities where our employees and customers live and work. In 2017, we contributed $13.5 million to communities. To learn more, visit

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