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NAV CANADA receives C.M. Hincks Award for commitment to mental health in the workplace

February 26, 2015

The C.M. Hincks award honours the spirit and social commitment of the founder of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Clarence Meredith Hincks. This top award is provided annually to an outstanding individual/organization that has advanced mental health through their work/volunteer activities in the areas of reducing stigma and discrimination, addressing social justice and the social determinants of health, and maintaining or improving mental health for all.

NAV CANADA, the country’s private sector civil air navigation services provider, offers a wide range of programs, activities and incentives to support employee health and well-being, including an innovative approach to improving the psychological health of employees. In 2012, it became one of the first private sector companies in Canada to implement a mental health peer support program.

“We were extremely impressed with the many workplace mental health initiatives that NAV CANADA provides,” said Peter Coleridge, CEO, CMHA National. “One of these which is particularly noteworthy, is the Company’s pioneering work around mental health peer support, with significant involvement by employees.”

“The ‘Light the Way’ program builds on successful peer support pioneered by NAV CANADA employees in other areas,” explained Coleridge. “Peer supporters include managers and employees from across the country and all disciplines, and the program underscores one of their key messages, that mental health impacts us all.”

Since the mental health peer support program was introduced, NAV Canada has seen declines in short-term and long-term disability associated with mental health absences.

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