SUMMARY: After the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace was launched in 2013, the Mental Health Commission of Canada tracked the progress of early adopters through its Case Study Research Project. Insights from the Case Study Research Project participants are captured in this series of articles.

Join the conversation as we share questions and ideas from our participants and expert panel. Visit the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) website for more information about the Case Study Research Project.

Catalysts for change: The workplace psychological health and safety Standard and Case Study

May 2016

The three-year Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Case Study Research Project was initiated in 2014 to follow the experiences of over 40 Canadian companies that were implementing the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard). Its goals were to:

  • Identify promising practices, gaps, and challenges related to implementation of the Standard
  • Better understand costs and benefits related to the adoption of the Standard
  • Help build a strong business case for the adoption of the Standard by Canadian employers

The Case Study Research Project has been a catalyst for positive change, bringing together Canadian businesses, institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and governments for the common cause of improving psychological health and safety in their workplaces. As the first-ever national standard for workplace psychological health and safety, the Standard has had substantial impact within Canada. Countries around the world are also watching and learning.


How workplace conditions impact psychological health and safety

March 2016

Leaders can become more engaged in promoting psychological health and safety in their workplaces when they have a better understanding of:

  1. The connection between psychological health and safety, workplace conditions, mental health, and productivity
  2. A framework for implementing psychological health and safety in a way that protects the mental energy of employees.

Dr. Martin Shain, founder and principal of the Neighbour at Work Centre, and Mary Ann Baynton, Program Director for the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, recently shared the following ideas to help create this understanding and foster higher levels of engagement and commitment by employers in workplace psychological health and safety.