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National Standard

Ensuring good psychological health and safety (PH&S) in the workplace is vitally important for all Canadians.

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What is the Standard?

The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) – the first of its kind in the world, is a set of voluntary guidelines, tools and resources intended to guide organizations in promoting mental health and preventing psychological harm at work.

Launched in January 2013, it has garnered uptake from coast to coast to coast, internationally and across organizations of all sectors and sizes.

Watch this video to learn more about the Standard and why it is important to take action today.

How does the Standard work?

The Standard provides a comprehensive framework to help organizations of all types guide their current and future efforts in a way that provide the best return on investment.

Adopting the Standard can help organizations with:

  • Productivity
  • Financial Performance
  • Risk Management
  • Organizational Recruitment
  • Employee Retention

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Read frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the Standard

Where to Start?

Ready to implement the Standard in your workplace? The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has developed a variety of resources to help organizations create more mentally healthy work environments:

  • MHCC is now offering a free online toolkit designed to support organizations working to implement the Standard
  • Learn about other organizations’ experience implementing the Standard. Read more about the Case Study Research Project.