Wellness Benefits at Carleton

Core to its values, Carleton is committed to providing a healthy, safe, and supportive environment that is based on respect, equality, collegiality, recognition and safety.

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The Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is a confidential information counselling and referral service.


Mental Health
Tools and resources to help prevent, improve or address mental health issues in the workplace.


Healthy Workplace
An exciting program that is bringing workplace health to all Carleton staff and faculty.


Health and Counselling Services
A healthcare facility on campus that provides medical, counselling and a health promotion program to Carleton students, faculty and staff.

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Carleton Athletics
Stay fit while working at Carleton by taking advantage of our newly renovated Fitness Centre, swimming pool, field house, ice house and more.

Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

The Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is a confidential information counselling and referral service provided without cost to eligible Carleton University employees, retirees, and immediate family members. Carleton University provides this program through a contract with Family Services Ottawa.

Counselling services are available to help address a broad range of personal and work-related concerns, including personal crisis, separation and loss, parenting issues, anxiety, substance abuse, eldercare and childcare, and more.

EFAP is also a great resource to help you:

  • Feel better about yourself and your situation, knowing you are working to create change
  • Experience improved relationships and better communication
  • Improve stress management
  • Work more effectively
  • Access professional and confidential assistance at no cost to you
  • Obtain assistance in locating community resources appropriate to your needs

The EFAP website offers information about the services available to you and your family along with tips and self-directed help on a variety of health and wellness topics.  Simply enter Carleton’s assigned group name (tofseap) and password (eap) to login.

Make an Appointment: Family Services Ottawa are located at 312 Parkdale Avenue.  To make an appointment to speak with a counsellor, call 1.877.725.5676. Request the EFAP Coordinator and identify yourself as a Carleton University employee or family member. Your first appointment can usually be booked within 72 hours of your call.

For more information: Employee and Family Assistance Program brochure

Mental Health


Everyone is responsible for workplace mental health. Do you know:

  • Where to find free online tools to assess your own mental health?
  • When and where to go for help?
  • How to implement self-care strategies when work is stressful?
  • Where to hear from real people who have experienced mental health issues at work?
  • Where to find those who can help in recovery and return to work?
  • How to support co-workers who are struggling?

Visit www.workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com , and click Job-Specific Strategies > Employees for free tools and resources to help you with these questions and more.

As Great West Life members, you have access to great resources via the Great West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace.   This online tool, accessible via the GroupNet website, provides easy access to free tools and resources that can help prevent, improve or address mental health issues in the workplace.


As part of the Healthy Workplace Plan, Carleton is looking at steps to further develop a culture of psychological safety and health through concrete, sustainable actions.

As a university, we all have a role to play in the health and well-being of our students. The Carleton University Student Mental Health Framework is an important addition to Carleton University’s efforts to promote positive mental health and assist students in realizing their potential. Its purpose is to facilitate a consistent and integrated approach to responding to Carleton students who are in distress.

Healthy Workplace

Carleton University’s Healthy Workplace initiative is an exciting program that is bringing workplace health to all Carleton staff and faculty. This initiative is working to help you enjoy a better balance between your responsibilities at home and work by offering you the opportunity to get involved in healthy activities that will benefit your physical and mental health.

Learn more about Healthy Workplace.

Health and Counselling Services

Health and Counselling Services is your health and wellness centre on campus.

Professional Services staff and faculty have access to our physicians and walk-in doctors (not counselling services or lab) for as long as they are employees and after retirement. They can make one of the physicians here their regular doctor but this does not include their spouse, children or other family members.

Professional Services Term/Contract employees, Contract Instructors, post doctorate fellows, researchers, visitors (e.g. guest lecturers, athletes from visiting teams) can come to see the walk-in doctor for medical problems that are episodic in nature – a cold, an infection, an allergic reaction and so on. They cannot make one of the physicians here their regular doctor.

Learn more about Health and Counselling Services.

Carleton Athletics

Our Department of Recreation and Athletics is dedicated to providing a broad spectrum of sport, fitness and recreational opportunities for staff, faculty, students and the community.

Professional Services staff and faculty have access to:

  • Swimming pool: Our 50-metre indoor L-shaped pool has a diving area with a 3-platform Olympic diving tower and a a flow-over-edge design that facilitates getting into and out of the water. The high ceiling, excellent ventilation and natural light make this pool a pleasure to use.
  • Fitness Centre:  Give yourself a total body workout with cardio machines, weight-lifting machines and free weights.  Or take part in one of the many fitness classes offered through Athletics.
  • Fieldhouse: Stretch your legs on a 4,500 square meter sports field and a 230 meter, two lane jogging track.

Learn more about Carleton Athletics facilities and programs.