Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards are presented by the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards Committee of the British Columbia Psychological Association. Applications for the Awards are submitted from public and private, for profit and not for profit organizations across British Columbia.

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards were initially developed by the American Psychological Association in 1999. In 2004, British Columbia became the first Canadian province to offer the Awards, which are now offered by 52 states and provinces across the United States and Canada. The Awards, presented every two years, recognize employers who demonstrate outstanding practices in relation to some or all of the following criteria:

  • Employee Involvement
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Employee Recognition
  • Employee Growth and Development
  • Health and Safety.

Select winners at the provincial level then go on to compete for international recognition in Washington, DC. Winners are selected on the basis of a rigorous application and selection process, including a site visit and interviews with employees. The 2009 winners of the BC Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards were:

Sponsor-Applicant Category (a tie for the award)
Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR)
Westminster Savings Credit Union

Small for Profit
Back in Motion Rehabilitation

Small not for Profit
Tourism Whistler

Large for Profit
EDS Advanced Solutions

Large not for Profit
Brookhaven Care Centre, Interior Health Authority

Our provincial winners – EDS Advanced Solutions, and Brookhaven Care Centre, Interior Health Authority – also won recognition in Washington, DC, receiving their awards at a ceremony on March 6, 2010 during the American Psychological Association's State Leadership Conference.

About the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards Committee

The Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards Committee is comprised of psychologists, business leaders, academics and informed professionals who volunteer their time, commitment and expertise.

We help inform businesses and other organizations as to how to create and sustain psychologically healthy workplaces, as well as publicly recognize companies and agencies exemplifying psychologically healthy practices.


It should be noted that the Awards are a voluntary effort dependent on support from the business community. We welcome sponsorship, whether it is financial or in-kind. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, educational activities or applications for the 2017 awards, please contactd Dr. Merv Gilbert at 604.809.4173 or [email protected]

Apply for the Awards

The Awards provide companies and organizations, of all sizes, an opportunity to highlight their efforts to promote psychological health in the workplace. Many people in your organization work hard to foster a healthy work environment and offering them a chance to showcase their efforts is important.

Moreover, the process of applying provides an opportunity for your organization to identify, document and celebrate your psychologically healthy practices and accomplishments. Winners will receive an attractive trophy indicating that they are a winner of the prestigious Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award. Winners are honoured at an event to which the media and business community are invited. This accomplishment can be publicized in internal and external corporate communications.

Click here for more information on how to apply for the BC Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards.