The Canadian Health Promoting Campuses Network is guided by the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting University and Colleges, which calls on post-secondary schools to embed health into all aspects of campus culture and to lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally.

The Charter has two Calls to Action: 

  1. To embed health into all aspects of campus culture, across the administration, operations and academic mandates;
  2. To lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally.

To learn more, consult the Canadian Health Promoting Universities and Colleges Network website and download the Okanagan Charter

  • In June 2015, delegates from the uOttawa community participated in the development of the Charter, and brought back its principles to their colleagues in the uOttawa community.
  • In December 2019, the uOttawa Board of Governors received a presentation about the recommendations in the upcoming report.
  • In January 2020, the  Roadmap to Wellness at uOttawa - Mental Health and Wellness Report 2020 was formally shared with the Board of Governors, and they approved the recommendation to implement the Okanagan Charter.
  • In December 2020, the President's Advisory Committee on Mental Health and Wellness proposed 12 recommendations and they were endorsed by the President. The first recommendation included signing the Okanagan Charter.
  • On January 18, 2021, uOttawa officially signed and adopted the Okanagan Charter. Members of the uOttawa community are also invited to pledge their support.
  1. We will develop, promote and integrate a culture of wellness throughout our campus focusing on care and compassion for ourselves, for others, and for the community through our operations, business practices, and academic and research mandates.
  2. We will nurture an inclusive campus culture that considers a diversity of perspectives and the equitable treatment of all members of our community.
  3. We will design, implement and foster sustainable practices for our campus, community, and our planet in all our domains of activity to ensure that we support, create, and maintain positive change.
  4. We will leverage our institutional strengths to fuel all members of the University community’s growth to be leaders in health and wellness promotion.
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