About us

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.

Two in 5 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone and given that the average Canadian spends 60% of their waking hours on the job, the workplace becomes an ideal setting for healthy lifestyle education. This creates a mutually beneficial relationship between businesses looking to improve their bottom line and the health of their employees and the Canadian Cancer Society’s mission of eradicating cancers.

History

From 2012-2017, the Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon Division (CCS) and the BC Ministry of Health entered into a partnership to work together to support employers and employees in developing healthy workplaces. The resulting program was titled WellnessFits. WellnessFits was a free workplace wellness program which took an evidence-based approach to health and wellness and provided one-on-one consultation for British Columbian employers looking to create a healthier work environment for their employees.

As a result of this program and its many teachings, we have developed this Healthy Workplaces website to provide continued direction and support for businesses looking to create healthier, more productive workplaces. We are pleased to offer a means to improve employee health and to reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. The information and resources on this website have been used within the WellnessFits program which worked with over 500 British Columbian businesses. The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to be able to continue to offer healthy workplace tools through this website.

The foundations

The foundation of these materials is derived from 2 important models: the WHO definition of Health Promotion and the Comprehensive Workplace Health Promotion (CWHP) module as described by the University of Toronto’s Health Communication Unit, Centre for Health Promotion.

Experts agree that multi-faceted strategies are required to effectively enable behaviour change. For example, no single intervention will be sufficient to move sedentary individuals to action. A strategic mix of approaches must be implemented over time.  The WellnessFits program utilizes 3 approaches: 1) Educate; 2) Act; 3) Support.

All workplace resources on this site are built upon the principle that workplaces can inform employees about health and wellness issues, provide opportunities for employees to change or improve their health behaviours, and provide supportive environments that enable action. To learn more about how to build your program around this model, visit our “Getting Started” section.

We would also like to recognize the contribution of the development of all Take Care of Your Equipment resources from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Health Canada.

Meet the expert

Elaina Greene, Workplace Health Coordinator, BA HSci

Elaina Greene is the workplace health coordinator at the Canadian Cancer Society BC & Yukon Division. Elaina holds a degree in Health Sciences from Simon Fraser University (SFU) and has a passion for public health. Elaina started her journey in public heath while working as a research assistant at SFU on a large-scale chronic disease epidemiology study. After becoming a leadership volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society, Elaina became a CCS staff member as a health promotion coordinator. Within that role, Elaina was able to expand her knowledge in many areas of cancer prevention including tobacco control, UV exposures, occupational exposures, and healthy lifestyles. Elaina has taken these past roles and leveraged her knowledge to support many BC businesses as they build their own health promotion programs.

The Canadian Cancer Society thanks the Province of British Columbia for past funding and an invaluable partnership in supporting healthy workplaces.