Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.01
Liaison Lindsay Walker
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2023

STARS v2.2

Humber College
PA-14: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Lindsay Walker
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Management
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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 2018, Humber was the first public college in Canada to adopt the Okanagan Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, and committed to embedding health and wellness into all aspects of its campus culture as of now. Humber committed to creating a campus that is healthy, inclusive and fosters a highly positive student and employee experience.

As part of its current strategic plan, Humber has also committed to having an employee engagement plan that promotes well-being, enhances motivation and facilitates a commitment to organizational goals and values. The college has begun this process by engaging employees in determining and prioritizing well-being and engagement dimensions and drivers within five major wellbeing groups (personal, work, social/environmental, organizational and cultural well-being).

Humber provides ongoing information, training and programs related to employee wellbeing. As an example, during the pandemic, access to online programs and training sessions were provided to employees. As well, in anticipation of a return to the campus workplace within a hybrid working arrangement, the college offered well-being workshops to employees and managers to provide an understanding of how to respect boundaries (work vs home), how to manage change, develop coping skills, support the team and understand the well-being resources available to all.

As part of their employee benefit package, all full-time employees at Humber, including academic, non-academic and management employees and their immediate family members, are provided with 24/7 access to Humber’s Employee Assistance Program through a third party provider. This includes a broad range of employee counselling services for issues related to health and wellbeing, career and workplace, financial security and life events. In addition to one-on-one professional counselling or coaching services, employees can be referred to other professional services in the community, and can access online support services or programs.

Where the need arises, such as those related to unplanned work or life events, arrangements can be made for non-full-time employees to access EAP counselling services.

In Winter 2022, Student Wellness and Equitable Learning (SWEL) partnered with Humber’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellness to establish the Peer Wellness Coaching program. We provided +150 1-to-1 coaching sessions to students that allowed them to become more self-aware in their own wellness experiences and build goal attainment skills to make positive changes in their lives.

Between 2021-2022, Humber’s SWEL team successfully ran Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Services to students. Our Bringing in the Bystander workshop enabled +550 students to gain competencies in defining sexual violence, rape culture and sexual consent. We also had 1,791 students complete the It Takes All of Us training, an online learning module that equips learners with skills to understand sexual violence, consent, bystander intervention and how to support survivors. These educational pieces strongly contribute to Humber’s Strategic Pillar in creating a Healthy and Inclusive Community.

In July 2022, we were awarded the Mindful Campuses Grant provided by Mindful Employer Canada. We’ll receive $2,000 to fund resilience workshops that help Humber’s students and staff enhance their mental health literacy by teaching participants to detect stress-related beliefs and behaviours and acquire evidence-informed strategies to self-manage problems.

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:

1. Smoking is prohibited on College Property including all campuses, buildings, spaces, grounds, including residence facilities and all vehicles and/or boats owned or leased by the College, subject to the exceptions outlined in Section 5.

2. The smoking of cannabis is not permitted on College Property.

3. The College shall post no-smoking signs at building entrances and exits as required under local by-laws.

4. The sale and/or promotion of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapour products, tobacco, tobacco products including flavoured tobacco products, cannabis, cannabis products, and smoking products on College Property is prohibited.

Smoke-Free Campus Policy: https://humber.ca/legal-and-risk-management/policies/general-administration/smoke-free-campus-policy.html

Humber’s Towards a Healthy Smoke-Free Campus website: http://hrs.humber.ca/safety/smokefree/about.html

Website URL where information about the institution’s wellness programs is available:
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