“Health promoting universities and colleges infuse health into everyday operations, business practices and academic mandates"
— the Okanagan Charter: Shared Aspirations
Laurentian University becomes the 20th Canadian campus to adopt the Okanagan Charter
On June 25, 2019, Laurentian University committed to becoming a member of the Canadian Health Promoting Campus Network by pledging to commit to a set of health promoting initiatives inspired by the calls to action and the principles of the Okanagan Charter.
University formally commits to embedding health and wellness in campus culture.
Queen’s has made a formal commitment to the health and wellness of students, staff, and faculty by joining universities from around the world in adopting the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges.
Langara College launches Mental Health Framework and signs Okanagan Charter
At a ceremony held on November 14, 2018, Langara College became the first college in British Columbia to sign on to the Okanagan Charter. The Charter calls on post-secondary institutions to embed health into all aspects of campus culture for students, staff, and faculty. Over 20 universities and colleges across Canada have signed the Charter to promote action and collaboration, locally and globally.
Concordia University releases Student Health and Wellbeing Review and adopts Okanagan Charter
Concordia has released a report that will chart a new course for the delivery of health and wellness on campus. The Student Health and Wellbeing Review outlines a series of recommendations that will touch on all aspects of curriculum, student service operations and university policy and reflects Concordia’s ongoing transformation into a next-generation university. Read more about the report.
In addition, Concordia will adopt the Okanagan Charter that was developed by 380 researchers, practitioners, administrators, students and policymakers from 45 countries as Concordia works towards the goal of embedding health and wellness into the everyday operations of universities and colleges.
Concordia is also the first Quebec university to adopt the charter and join the network of Canadian Health Promoting Campuses.
CACUSS Board of Directors endorses Okanagan Charter in support of health promoting campuses
Canadian campuses and stakeholders continue leading efforts to improve health and well-being of students, faculty, staff.
A year after six Canadian campuses were the first to adopt the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges (the Charter), four leading organizations including the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) have endorsed it. Next week the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA BC), Healthy Campus Alberta, and the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) will be the first to officially endorse the charter, as a show of support, and to encourage their communities of practice to join the conversation.
NIRSA Board endorses Okanagan Charter for health promoting schools
At their recent Board meeting, the NIRSA Board of Directors endorsed the Okanagan Charter, a document that was crafted to aid in the promotion of health and wellbeing on college campuses around the world.
The Charter’s aim is to help college campuses promote health and wellbeing by providing a framework that can be used as a guide for integrating a culture of health and leading health promotion both locally and globally. The goal is to provide a resource for colleges looking to implement health and wellbeing promotion into all policies and practices, including everyday operations, business practices, and academic mandates. As of now, the Charter has been signed by ten universities, all of which are Canadian institutions—including NIRSA member institutions Mount Royal University and McMaster University.
CMHA endorses Okanagan Charter in show of support for health promoting campuses
Canadian campuses and stakeholders continue leading efforts to improve health and well-being of students, faculty, staff
A year after six Canadian campuses were the first to adopt the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges (the Charter), four leading organizations—including the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division (CMHA BC)—are endorsing it.