Read about Canada’s journey to accomplish a world first

How did Canada become the first country in the world to have a national standard for psychological health and safety in the workplace? The free book, The Evolution of Workplace Mental Health in Canada – Toward a standard for psychological health and safety, helps answer this question, outlining how we moved beyond the idea that mental health was exclusively an individual’s responsibility toward recognition that the way work environments are managed matters. The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, launched in 2013, was the result of this evolution in thinking. The Standard provides guidelines for employers to protect and promote employee well-being without sacrificing organizational success.

Historical documents, interviews with dozens of key players, and research helped inform this book. The Evolution of Workplace Mental Health in Canada: Research Report (2007–2017), provided a foundation, tracking some of the trends that fueled the evolution, and identifying the initiatives and organizations which contributed to major milestones.

This book, like all of the resources on this website, is available at no cost. Download your free copy or read it online.

There are many more stories and many unsung heroes who also played a role but may not be included in the book. If you have a story to share about your own or someone else’s contribution, we encourage you to Contact Us with the details. We may be able to feature your story in future web content.

Printed copies are also available at selected libraries across the country.

Sections or copies of the book may be reprinted, respecting the legal requirements of CSA as outlined under Legal and Copyright Information. The book is not to be resold or repurposed in any way.