Health, Safety & Well-being

We are committed to providing a healthy and safe
workplace for our employees

The University of Toronto (U of T) ensures a safe and healthy teaching, learning and working environment. We actively support the well-being of employees and their families through the following HR & Equity-affiliated offices.

Wellness at U of T

illustration of a woman walking in a park Our work improves the supports for mental and physical health along with other aspects of wellness. In 2019, the University announced the launch of a new sustainable staff wellness initiative to help meet the full spectrum of staff wellness needs, and enhance the coordination, collaboration and communication of wellness programs across U of T services and systems.

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Employee & Family Assistance Program

Flower Close-UpThe Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) offers counselling, coaching, information, and support for all types of issues relating to mental health, health management, and achieving greater personal and workplace well-being.

EFAP is available to eligible U of T employees and their dependants: spouses, partners (including same-sex partners) and dependent children — 24 hours per day, 365 days a year at locations both near your home or work.

Environmental Health & Safety

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) monitors workplace injuries and incidents to identify ways to prevent them in the future. Their expertise lies in occupational hygiene and safety, chemical safety, radiation safety, biosafety, hazardous waste and environmental protection. EHS builds awareness for these issues through training programs, consulting, emergency response and assurance.

Family Care Office

Mother and child at First Nations House Graduation CeremonyThe Family Care Office (FCO) provides free, confidential information, resources, educational programming, guidance and referrals to all members of the University community regarding a broad range of family matters.

Information on such issues as child care, looking after aging parents, advice on maternity or parental leave, separation and divorce, bereavement, and access to programs and agencies in the community can be found here.

Health & Well-being Programs & Services

Health & Well-Being Programs & Services manage all aspects of Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) claims management, including coordinating and assisting both employees and their managers in returning to their regular or accommodated work following a workplace injury.

Safety on Campus

Emergency Phone at Sir Daniel Wilson QuadU of T is committed to creating an environment where students, staff and faculty can feel safe to learn, work and live. The University strives to maintain an environment free from discrimination and harassment and that is safe for all members. We have a range of policies, programs and services in place to support these efforts.

Please visit the Safety website for more resources.

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