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Employee & Family Assistance Program

The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is a confidential and voluntary counselling support service that provides you and your family with the help you need to resolve a wide range of personal, work, health or life issues.


Expert information and immediate support resources are available in-person and by phone, video, web or mobile app. EFAP provides both short-term clinical counselling and work-life consultations to all eligible UBC employees and their dependent family members, at no cost to users. EFAP is also available to UBC retirees and eligible surviving families of UBC employees who enrol in this program through the Retirement & Survivor Benefits Program.

Effective July 1, 2021, Morneau Shepell changed its name to LifeWorks. Login to the new LifeWorks wellbeing platform, to explore their resources and content. 

Professional counselling services

The LifeWorks Care Access Centre is available 24 hours, seven days a week, at 1-800-387-4765. After phoning the toll-free confidential LifeWorks Care Access Centre, you will be connected to an Intake Counsellor who will collect information about the issue(s) you are facing and schedule services based on any requirements you may have (for example, if you would like an in-person appointment with a female counsellor in Burnaby on a weekend). Counsellors can help with a range of issues, including relationship challenges, stress, depression, anxiety, addiction, family issues, grief and more. Services are confidential and available in multiple languages and formats.

Learn more about counselling services. You can also find many other WorkLife support services through the EFAP.

Emergency counselling services

If you are experiencing an emergency or crisis and require immediate counselling services, call 1-800-387-4765 and select the emergency option to speak to a crisis counsellor. If you want to arrange an in-person counselling session during this call, an appointment will be guaranteed within 24 hours.

Additional support services

LifeWorks not only focuses on being a support for those in crisis and in need of short-term counselling, but it also caters to individuals who are seeking more information and for those looking to maintain their wellbeing and resilience across a range of topics, like health, life, money, work, and family. 

The new EFAP platform now caters to faculty and staff who might prefer a more self-directed experience when accessing wellbeing resources. On the LifeWorks platform, you can expect to see many more self-service options, including online total wellbeing assessments, questionnaires, and a chat function to help you find the resources you need.

And there is a new mobile app for Android and iOS devices so you can access all the EFAP services on the go.

For those who have experience with Morneau Shepell's online platform workhealthlife.com, this resource will continue to be available. This includes the financial and legal support, career counselling, nutrition support and wellness counselling you have come to expect, however, the LifeWorks platform will have the latest information and resources. 

How to access LifeWorks

To access the enhanced wellbeing offering through the LifeWorks wellbeing platform, all you need is your Campus-Wide Login (CWL) and this URL: ubc.lifeworks.com.

Eligible faculty and staff can access LifeWorks by following this process after July 1, 2021:

  1. Go to the UBC LifeWorks login page: ubc.lifeworks.com/
  2. Log in with the Company Code: ubc
  3. You will then be redirected to a CWL page. Enter your login name, password, and multi-factor authentication as you normally would
  4. You will now be on the LifeWorks home page and you can start exploring all the new resources, tools, and content.

If you are keen to access our EFAP on the go, you can also download the LifeWorks app for Android and iOS and follow steps 2-4 above to log in.

LifeWorks access for dependents

Did you know that eligible dependents can also access the EFAP? Please check the eligibility of your dependents and ensure that you have confirmed these dependents in Workday. 

Eligible dependents can access EFAP services by phone and online. To invite eligible dependents to access the LifeWorks platform, please follow these instructions. Also, be advised that there is a limit of five dependents who you can invite to use the online LifeWorks platform  there are no limits for confirmed dependents to access the counselling services. 


All EFAP services are confidential, within the limits of the law. This means that no one will ever know that you have used the program unless you choose to tell them. UBC is not informed of the identity of those using any of the EFAP services, including online services.

LifeWorks is required, by law, to contact law enforcement if they believe there is imminent danger to a child or to yourself, or if you are going to harm others.

Read more about LifeWorks' privacy policy.

About LifeWorks

UBC’s EFAP is provided by LifeWorks, the largest provider of EFAP services in Canada and a leading provider of workplace learning and development solutions.

LifeWorks has locations across British Columbia and has a counselling network of over 300 to service both UBC campuses. All LifeWorks counsellors have master’s-level training and at least five years of EFAP-specific training.

The LifeWorks Care Access Centre is open 24/7/365, with counselling services available in multiple languages and in six different formats. In-person counselling is available in English, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, Hindi, Farsi, Spanish, Italian, German and Russian. Telephone counselling is available in over 180 languages through advanced translation services technology provided by Language Line (click here for a list of languages supported) and hearing impaired clients can be served through Telephone Devices for the Deaf (TTY).


The benefits information on this website is provided as a descriptive summary only. While the University has endeavored to accurately reflect its benefit programs, policies and plans, the information on this website does not create any contractual or other rights between the University and its faculty and staff members. To the extent that there are any conflicts or discrepancies between the benefits information on this website and the benefit plan documents (including group insurance contracts and benefit booklets) or any applicable collective agreement, employment agreement, or UBC policy, the benefit plan documents and collective agreement, employment agreement, or UBC policy will govern in all cases.

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