Healthy Workplace Initiative Program (HWIP)

The application period for 2019 funding, is now closed

Funding applications are accepted each year, from late March to early April.

Please check back for updates on the 2019 Okanagan recipients.


 About the Healthy Workplace Initiative Program (HWIP)

The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP) is an annual fund available to UBC departments and units to support grassroots activities that promote wellbeing in the workplace.

The program provides start-up funds and support for health related, sustainable initiatives. You can apply for funding for programs that include yoga or fitness classes, building a community garden or investing in mental health training in your workplace.

Each department may submit one application per year and successful applications are selected on a lottery basis until the available funding has been used up.

If your department is approved for Healthy Workplace Initiative funding, you must use the funds within one year.

The fund is based on a reimbursement model.  All successful departments will need to cover the cost of the initiatives up front and then submit receipts for reimbursement.

There are three steps to the application process:

  1. Select one of the funding options, listed on the application website.
  2. Complete the online application form.
  3. Submit the senior leader sign off (you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions).

For full HWIP information and guidelines, please visit the program homepage 


2018 Funding Recipients from the Okanagan Campus

Enrollment Services Team Health Challenge
International Student Team Health Challenge
Library Mental Health Training
Office of VP Research Yoga/ Fitness Program


Successful Applications

Successful applications will be selected using a lottery system. All applicants will be notified within one week of the application deadline.  Priority will be given to departments and units who did not receive funding in the previous round.

What is HWIP? How are you going to make your application come out on top? What kind of applications are going to be successful? How can you address certain needs within your unit/department? What is a multidisciplinary committee, and what would happen if you received funding in this way?

If you would like more information please contact Carleigh Benoit – 250-807-9543