Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

December 02, 2015 09:04 ET

Minister Brison and PSAC Welcome the Release of Mental Health Joint Task Force Report

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 2, 2015) - Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

The President of Treasury Board, the Honourable Scott Brison, today welcomed the release of a report by the Mental Health Joint Task Force during a meeting of the National Joint Council.

In March 2015, the Government of Canada and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) established a Joint Task Force to address mental health in the workplace.

The Joint Task Force focuses on measures to improve mental health in alignment with the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

The report provides recommendations on renewed leadership, engagement, and education on the issue of mental health. It also considers training and workplace practices, communication and promotion, and accountability.

Quick Facts

  • The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace was launched in January 2013.
  • In the fiscal year 2013-14, approximately 40% of all Employee Assistance Program services were related to psychological health.
  • The National Joint Council of the Public Service of Canada is an employer-union collaborative forum to address issues of mutual concern.

Quotes

"I commend the excellent work of our union partners and their ongoing collaboration in this important initiative. In the coming months, we will work together to take concrete action to address the recommendations of the Joint Task Force. The Government has made a commitment to re-establishing a culture of respect for and within the public service. Making sure that public servants have a healthy workplace is a key part of this commitment."

The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board

"The creation of the task force was a very positive development and we are pleased with Minister Brison's continued support of the initiative. The federal public service unions look forward to following through on the recommendations of the Task Force on an equal footing with the Government of Canada."

Robyn Benson, National President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada

Associated Links

Report from the Joint Task Force addressing mental health in the workplace.

March 2015 News Release - Government and PSAC Working Together on Mental Health

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Contact Information

  • Jean-Luc Ferland
    Press Secretary
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