The National Quality Institute (NQI) and Great-West Life have added a new award under the Canada Awards for Excellence (CAE) program—the Mental Health at Work award.

NQI along with a team of experts across Canada will be developing the criteria for employers to implement strategies for improving mental health at work. Organizations with outstanding performance in addressing mental health issues in the workplace will be recognized under the CAE program, starting next year. Great-West Life is funding the development and sponsoring this award.

The new CAE Mental Health at Work award complements the work of the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace as well as Great-West Life’s presenting sponsorship of Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month.

This new award criteria will be made public by April 2011 and the first presentation of the award will be made next October.

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