The Canadian Chamber of Commerce supports the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. The National Standard, which was developed in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of the Canada, the Bureau de normalisation du Québec and CSA Standards, is a voluntary standard that will provide employers with guidelines for promoting and protecting the psychological health of their employees.
At the Canadian Chamber, we realize the impact a psychologically healthy workplace can have on a company’s competitiveness. As adults spend more waking hours in the workplace than anywhere else, healthy work environments play an essential role in maintaining positive mental health and high productivity amongst employees. If unaddressed, the impact of mental health problems on lost productivity, due to absenteeism, presenteeism and turnover, will cost Canadian businesses $198 billion over the next 30 years. This is a cost our members can avoid.
The National Standard launched today is long overdue. Creating a systematic and sustainable approach for psychological health and safety, similar in spirit to how physical health and safety is managed, is becoming a business imperative.