Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.39
Liaison Christine Pinkham
Submission Date March 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

British Columbia Institute of Technology
PA-14: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 1.00
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Does the institution have a wellness program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all students?:

Does the institution have a wellness and/or employee assistance program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all academic staff?:

Does the institution have a wellness and/or employee assistance program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all non-academic staff?:

A brief description of the institution’s wellness and/or employee assistance program(s):

In alignment with our strategic commitment to be a people-focused organization, BCIT has wellness programs to support the health and wellbeing of our employees and students. The BCIT community has adopted the Eight Dimensions of Well-being Model, which defines well-being as a dynamic state in which a person in their environment has the opportunity to balance intellectual, occupational, physical, financial, psychological, environmental, spiritual, and social needs to thrive and realize their goals. This model highlights the multi-faceted nature of well-being and the many ways in which student well-being can contribute to an optimal learning environment for students.

BCIT prioritizes student success and well-being, and recognizes the critical role we play in maintaining a positive and healthy learning environment for all students. After examining the critical issues facing students at BCIT through the lens of the Eight Dimensions of Well-being, a strategic framework emerged to address those priorities. The BCIT Student Well-being and Resilience Framework outlines strategies to promote and support students’ success, well-being, and resilience.

Free and confidential one-on-one counselling is available to all students through Counselling and Student Development. Student Health Services provides a campus clinic at the Burnaby Campus and offer confidential medical services to students year round. During the COVID-19 pandemic they continue to offer virtual care, through phone or video appointments.

Early Assist is a confidential online platform that provides employees and students an opportunity to identify students who may be struggling personally or academically, and offer them appropriate support and services at an early stage. The earlier a student gets connected with appropriate supports, the better chance they have to improve their performance and wellbeing.

A robust employee wellness program, Wellness Works, is designed to encourage employees to prioritize their own health by maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Wellness Works promotes a culture of wellness and resilience throughout our community by providing our people with education, resources, and support to create and sustain the healthiest workplace possible, where employees can thrive.

The Employee and Family Assistance Program provides services such as counselling, Life Smart Coaching and on-line resources on many topics for all employees. The confidential counselling program is for employees and their dependents at no additional cost. Counselling services range from work, family, life, financial, transitional and legal issues.


Recreation Services has something for all students and staff. They promote, encourage and enable the practice of physical well being. The Recreation Centre is closed due to the pandemic but they are offering virtual classes and a new eSports League.

Does the institution prohibit smoking within all occupied buildings owned or leased by the institution?:

Does the institution restrict outdoor smoking?:

Does the institution prohibit smoking and tobacco use across the entire campus?:

A copy of the institution's smoke-free policy:
The institution’s smoke-free policy:

See uploaded document.

Website URL where information about the institution’s wellness programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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