Workplace Health & Wellbeing at UBCO

The UBC Human Resources Workplace Health & Wellbeing team is actively involved in the creation of a safe community that encourages employee health and wellbeing.
Our commitment to employee health is part of the large university goal to create an outstanding work environment as outlined in the UBC Strategic Plan, as well as the UBC Focus on People strategy to develop a sustainable, healthy workplace. In addition, our work is informed by the Wellbeing Strategic Framework and the Okanagan Charter. Our benefits plans are designed with the continuing health and wellbeing of our staff, faculty and their families in mind. In addition, UBC is proud to offer a wide range of workshops and programs to help keep you working and living well. UBC is also part of the Canadian Post-Secondary Community of Practice for Workplace Wellness which is a group of Canadian Universities and Colleges who are interested in working together to solve common problems in our areas of work which includes but is not limited to workplace health promotion, disability management, psychological health and safety issues and accommodation.

New

  • For FALL 2022: Monthly transit passes for UBC Okanagan faculty and staff are now discounted by 50%!
    • UBCO employees are eligible for a discounted transit pass through the ProPASS program for the Fall 2022 Pass Period (September – December).
    • UBCO ProPASS provides a 50% discount on monthly adult transit passes.
    • Enrolment for the Fall 2022 ProPASS Period opens August 1. Faculty and staff must enroll by the end of August 2022 to receive discounted transit passes for September – December 2022.
    • Visit the UBCO ProPASS webpage for more information on the program and to enroll.
  • New dedicated EFAP number for faculty and staff
  • Expert Medical Services through Teladoc
    • Teladoc is a confidential service that provides clarity, confidence and understanding if you or your eligible dependents have any concerns or doubts about a diagnosis, need for help deciding on a treatment option or question the need for surgery. Learn more here.
  • Planning for a Child
  • ALAViDA
    • Available free for a limited time to faculty and staff at is a one-stop-shop for any level of substance use – alcohol and drugs. In as little as 5 minutes a day on the ALAViDA TRAiL app, become aware of your patterns, triggers, and how you cope. The ALAViDA TRAiL is 100% confidential and you can access it on any device. Learn more here.

Wellbeing Events and Opportunities

See our up-to-date health and wellbeing workshops, self directed and recorded learning opportunities here.

Resources for Coping with Difficult Events

Ukraine: Crisis Support Hotline

24/7 free crisis hotline now available to those in need: 1-844-751-2133

When calling the crisis line available through LifeWorks, individuals receive crisis counselling support and/or referral to community resources. Anyone affected by this event can reach the free crisis support line at 1-844-751-2133.

Mental Health:

Tools and Resources to Support Managers, Heads and Deans

Equity and Inclusion (from UBC Equity and Inclusion Office):

Tools for Leaders: Responding to Collective Tragedies and Hateful Incidents

LifeWorks:

The UBC Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) LifeWorks Care Access Centre available 24/7 1-866-424-0770. Professional and confidential counseling services. Learn more here.

Emergency Counselling Services: If you are experiencing an emergency or crisis and require immediate counselling services, call 1-866-424-0770 and select the emergency option to speak to a crisis counsellor.

Coping in Times of Political Uncertainty (LifeWorks article)

Coping with Feelings of Fear and Anxiety about Violence (LifeWorks article)

Taking Care of Yourself After a Traumatic Event (LifeWorks article)

Crisis Support for Residential School Survivors

Please see the below resources dedicated to assisting Residential School Survivors:

Quick Links

Health and Wellbeing Resources: