okanagan charter an international charter for health promoting universities and colleges

The Okanagan Charter outlines the language, principles, and framework that post-secondary institutions should be utilizing in order to work towards becoming a campus that promotes health and wellbeing in all aspects of life to all individuals. From this goal, the Okanagan Charter’s two Calls to Action are as follows:

To embed health into all aspects of campus culture, across administration, operations, and academic mandates.

To lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally.


The University of Waterloo affirms its adoption of the Okanagan Charter as a collaborative framework to promote the health and wellness of our students and the broader campus community.

By adopting the Charter, the University of Waterloo committed to:

government The use of a health and wellness lens when planning and informing policies and procedures.
community livingDeveloping a university-wide Wellness Collaborative.
clipboardPromoting health and wellness across campus.

To learn more about each of these commitments, go to the Okanagan Charter Commitments page

The University of Waterloo commits to embedding health and wellness into all aspects of campus culture, using the following principles as the foundation for our work:

tree and creekHolistic

Actions will be informed by a holistic view of health to include physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being.

hands holding a heartInclusive

Actions will be inclusive by considering everyone who lives, works, and learns at the University of Waterloo.

connection bubblesComprehensive

The approach will move beyond the individual to implement social and environmental interventions to improve well-being.

To read the Okanagan Charter in its entirety, open up the PDF below.