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Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program

The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP) is an annual fund available to UBC departments and units to support grassroots activities that promote wellbeing in the workplace.

About the Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP)

The program provides start-up funds and support for health-related, sustainable initiatives. You can apply for funding for programs that include yoga or fitness classes, building a community garden or investing in mental health training in your workplace.

Purpose of the funding

  • Provide a de-centralized approach to promoting health and wellbeing 
  • Departments to take responsibility of their own health and wellbeing 
  • To enable units and departments to create and maintain healthy work environments
  • Intended to build capacity and knowledge within units 
  • To support the introduction of healthy initiatives intended to be adopted long term by the department

Initiative requirements

  • Focus on the promotion of healthy behaviours in order to reduce or prevent  long-term illness, chronic disease or injuries;
  • Benefit as many staff and faculty members in the university community as possible;  
  • Are accompanied by a long-term plan to sustain the initiative on a continuing basis after the funding period;

2021 funding round is now closed

Successful applications

Successful applications will be selected using a lottery system. All applicants will be notified within two weeks of the application deadline.  Priority will be given to departments and units that did not receive funding in the previous round.

Each department may submit one application per year and successful applications are selected on a lottery basis until the available funding has been used up.

If your department is approved for Healthy Workplace Initiative funding, you must use the funds within one year.

The fund is based on a reimbursement model.  All successful departments will need to cover the cost of the initiatives upfront and then submit receipts for reimbursement.

Funding Areas:

View HWIP FAQs.

Making the case to your department?

If you are looking for information for supervisors or managers to support an application for a healthy workplace initiative, we’re here to help!  See below for helpful tools and resources.

Investing in workplace health is a sound investment. Studies show the following benefits of workplace health initiatives:

  • Physical exercise, actively working on time management and increased social time help improve occupation stress (particularly among faculty). [1]
  • Active promotion of physical activity and health-related activities in the workplace reduces absenteeism and increases the overall mental health of employees. [2] [3]
  • In Canada, the majority of workplace health programs aim to improve outcomes related to employee stress, work-life balance and depression. [4]
  • Top priorities in Canadian workplaces include 1) developing workplace cultures where individuals are responsible for their health and 2) improving the mental health of employees. [5]

Making the Case for Managers (to help senior leaders understand the benefits of participation)
Evidence to support workplace health initiatives
Access your units Workplace Experience Survey data


2021 Funding Recipients

Congratulations to the 48 departments and units that will be rolling out health and wellbeing programs in 2021!

Department/ unit

Worksite

Initiative

Applied Science Experiential Learning and Academic Services

Point Grey

Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Athletics & Recreation

Okanagan

Team Health Challenge

BC Centre on Substance Use

Other

Innovative New Idea

CENES

Point Grey

Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Centre for Blood Research, Faculty of Medicine

Point Grey

Team Health Challenge

Centre for Heart Lung Innovation - University of British Columbia

Other

Yoga/Fitness Classes

Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

Point Grey

Innovative New Idea

Child Care Services

Point Grey

Yoga/Fitness Classes

College of Graduate Studies

Okanagan

Art and Creative Expression

Department of Emergency Medicine, Postgraduate Residency Program - Provincial Administration Group

Other

Art and Creative Expression

Department of Medicine - Division of Hematology- Hematology Research Program

VGH/Diamond Centre

Art and Creative Expression

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Point Grey

Innovative New Idea

Disability Resource Centre

Okanagan

Team Health Challenge

Donor Relations & Stewardship

Point Grey

Art and Creative Expression

Enrolment Services (Vancouver and Okanagan campus)

Point Grey

Innovative New Idea

Faculty of Dentistry

Point Grey

Innovative New Idea

Faculty of Education - Office of the Dean

Point Grey

Yoga/Fitness Classes

Faculty of Management and Co-op Staff

Okanagan

Mental Health Training

Faculty of Medicine Digital Solutions

Point Grey

Mental Health Training

Faculty of Medicine Division of Continuing Professional Development

VGH/Diamond Centre

Innovative New Idea

Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver Fraser Medical Program

VGH/Diamond Centre

Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Faculty of Science, Office of the Dean

Point Grey

Yoga/Fitness Classes

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Point Grey

Yoga/Fitness Classes

Health, Safety and Environment

Okanagan

Community Garden

Hiring Solutions / Human Resources

Point Grey

Bike Share

Innovation Support Unit, Department of Family Practice

Other

Innovative New Idea

International Student Initiative

Okanagan

Team Health Challenge

Language and Literacy Education Department

Point Grey

Team Health Challenge

Learning Exchange

Other

Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Library

Point Grey

Art and Creative Expression

Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) & Master of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP)

Point Grey

Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Mathematics

Point Grey

Team Health Challenge

Office of Faculty Development

Other

Innovative New Idea

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology BMT

Women and Children's Hospital

Art and Creative Expression

Planning and Institutional Research - both Vancouver and Okanagan

Okanagan

Community Garden

Provost Office, Vancouver

Point Grey

Innovative New Idea

Psychology-UBCO

Okanagan

Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Psychology-UBCV

Point Grey

Nutrition and Healthy Eating

School of Biomedical Engineering

Point Grey

Community Garden

UBC Human Resources

Point Grey

Team Health Challenge

UBC Okanagan Equity & Inclusion Office

Okanagan

Innovative New Idea

UBC Sauder School of Business Development and Alumni Engagement

Robson Square

Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Undergraduate Admissions

Point Grey

Art and Creative Expression

University Relations

Okanagan

Innovative New Idea

UBC Sauder School of Business Workplace Wellness Committee

Point Grey

Innovative New Idea

Office of Vice-President, Health / UBC Health

Point Grey

Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies

Point Grey

Art and Creative Expression

Office of the Vice-Provost International

Point Grey

Innovative New Idea

UBC Press Point Grey  Team Health Challenge 


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    For more information please contact Truelove Twumasi, Workplace Wellbeing Programs Specialist: t.twumasi@ubc.ca

    [1] Arabia, S., Kokash, H. & Arabia, S. Faculty Perception of Stress and Coping Strategies in a Saudi Private University?: An Exploratory Study. Can. Cent. Sci. Educ. 4, 137–149 (2011).
    [2] Bhui, K. S., Dinos, S., Stansfeld, S. A. & White, P. D. A Synthesis of the Evidence for Managing Stress at Work: A Review of the Reviews Reporting on Anxiety, Depression, and Absenteeism. J. Environ. Public Health 2012, 1–21 (2012).
    [3] Chu, A. H. Y., Koh, D., Moy, F. M. & Muller-Riemenschneider, F. Do workplace physical activity interventions improve mental health outcomes? Occup. Med. (Chic. Ill). 64, 235–245 (2014).
    [4] Buck Consultants, Working Well: A Global Survey Of Health Promotion And Workplace Wellness Strategies. 2009. Print. Executive Summary.
    [5] Towers Watson, Trends And Directions On Workforce Health And Productivity. 2014. Print. 2013/2014 Staying at Work Survey.

     

     

     

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