Culture of safety and wellbeing


"We do the right thing. For our citizens and our community. And for ourselves."
City of Kitchener People Plan

Live well. Work well. Be safe. We highly value personal, organizational and community health, safety and wellbeing. And we recognize that as employees, we need to be well and safe to be effective and productive in our work and in our personal lives.

What are we doing?

It's an important mission - keeping and recruiting the right people and taking good care of them. We take pride in working safe because nothing is more important. Everyone owns the responsibility to ensure physical and psychological safety in our safety program. We believe and strive for work-life balance, so we support our staff in not just their work, but also outside of work by showing that we care though benefits, wellness and empathy programs. Some of these programs and activities currently include:

  • Employee Benefits
    The benefits offered to City of Kitchener's employees include dental, extended health care, life insurance, long-term disability, OMERS pension plan, sick leave, vacation and flex benefits.
  • Wellness programs
    Variety of wellness topics and activities offered including topics such as nutrition, fitness, mental health, and health awareness.
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program
    Free, confidential benefit enabling employees to seek various forms of counselling.
  • Family Days
    Employees can use up to 5 of their 18 sick days per year to care for an ailing family member.
  • Corporate Safety Program
    Training, procedures, policies and resources available to all staff to support a culture of safety and wellbeing.
  • Joint Health and Safety Committees and Health and Safety Representatives

A variety of staff in all areas of the organization participate in Joint Health and Safety Committee's and act as Health and Safety Representatives to help co-workers address and promote workplace safety.

  • Corporate Health and Safety Strategy

The organization has demonstrated commitment and focus of continued improvement of our Culture of Safety and Wellbeing through safe behaviours, safe environment and accountability.


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