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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.70
Liaison Jean-François Desgroseilliers
Submission Date May 31, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Polytechnique Montreal
PA-13: Wellness Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Andrée L'Heureux
Director, Human Resources Service
Human Resources Service
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Does the institution have a wellness program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all students?:
Yes

Does the institution have a wellness and/or employee assistance program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all staff?:
Yes

Does the institution have a wellness and/or employee assistance program that makes counseling, referral, and wellbeing services available to all faculty?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s wellness and/or employee assistance program(s), including information to support each affirmative response above :

The Programme de qualité de vie au travail (Program for Quality of Life at Work) was established in 2005 to promote wellness. This program provides $150 towards enrolment in an activity of the employee’s choice, whether in sports, arts, or culture, or to develop healthy lifestyles. Depending on the budget and the number of applicants, up to three activities per year may be reimbursed to an employee. Several lunchtime courses are offered at Polytechnique’s facilities including Insanity, cross-training, zumba, yoga, and pilates. There is also a Weight Watchers group. Registration at the Université de Montréal sports centre (CEPSUM) is available to Polytechnique employees at a reduced price.

Wellness days are held for the entire community, students and employees alike. These days include massage stations, pet therapy, mindfulness meditation, balance (nutrition and sport), board games, Lego blocks, and mandalas. A massage therapist offers her services one day a week to interested employees, and Polytechnique provides free flu vaccinations.

In addition, an employee assistance program is available to those who are dealing with difficult situations, and a psychotherapist is available to help employees returning to work after long absences. Similarly, all students can have access to a psychotherapist via the Service aux Étudiants de Polytechnique (Polytechnique Students Service ).


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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