Canadian companies lag on wellness

|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/30/2001

While some Canadian employers are leading the pack in the wellness movement (see page 20), the majority is still trailing, according to a recent survey.

Only 17.5 per cent of Canadian corporations offer comprehensive wellness programs, according to a national wellness survey report issued by conulting firm Buffet Taylor and Associates. Almost two-thirds of the 414 private and public sector companies across Canada surveyed reported offering “some” kind of wellness activity, like smoking cessation, stress management or ergonomics clinics for example.

The numbers are even starker compared to our American counterparts, with 67 per cent of Fortune magazine’s top 100 companies offering some form of a comprehensive wellness program.