Wellbeing is essential to achieving our full potential in teaching, learning, research and engagement; creating healthier, happier, and more sustainable communities at UBC and beyond. Evidence tells us that people who
are well are more able to engage in deep learning, are more likely to be retained and have a stronger sense of community.

Wellbeing at UBC was created to help facilitate a cultural shift where wellbeing is valued as a deeply held commitment by the university. By focusing on human and ecological wellbeing in a holistic and regenerative way, UBC can help set up graduates, faculty and staff for long-term success.

That’s why in October 2016 UBC proudly became one of the first universities in the world to adopt the Okanagan Charter, jointly signing alongside five other Canadian universities and signaling a formal commitment to supporting wellbeing on our campuses.

Along with this formal commitment, Professor Santa J. Ono also announced an investment of $1 million in ongoing funding to support wellbeing at our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. “People who study, work and live in environments that make healthy living a priority are happier, more successful and better equipped to handle challenges,” says Ono. “I am proud of UBC and our partner universities for taking steps to strengthen our communities, both on and off campus.”

Initiatives such as Move UBC, Nutrition Month and Thrive along with efforts and research to support wellbeing in the classroom and in workspaces have helped highlight some of the ways that wellbeing can be integrated onto our campuses.

This commitment to wellbeing sends a powerful message about the type of institution that UBC aspires to be—one that excels in teaching, learning and research and that recognizes this excellence is supported by the wellbeing of our people and places!


UBC’s whole community approach embeds wellbeing across the university at all levels to inform decision-making and our daily activities. A Steering Committee comprised of senior academic, student, and administrative leadership from across both campuses ensures that wellbeing is embedded as a strategic priority across the institution.