Fact Sheet: Mental Wellbeing in Healthcare

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  • In B.C. mental health injury claims increased by 38% between 2019 and 2021. And 40% of all mental health claims came from the health sector, WorkSafeBC.
  • In Canada 92% of nurses reported feeling more stressed at work – that’s higher than physicians at 83.7%, and 83% for both health care aides and other health care workers between September and November 2021, Statistics Canada.
  • 77% of health care workers in Canada who had direct contact with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 reported worsening mental health compared with before the pandemic, Statistics Canada.
  • More than 60% of health care workers in Canadian hospitals were experiencing severe burnout in phase 1 of the pandemic, Science Table COVID-19 Advisory for Ontario.
  • More than $50 billion dollars a year in economic cost is linked to mental health problems in Canada, Mental Health Commission of Canada.


Mental health among health care workers in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Experiences of health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, September to November 2021:

Burnout in Hospital-Based Healthcare Workers during COVID-19 – Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table (

Workplace Mental Health – Mental Health Commission of Canada

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