Workplace Health Promotion

Workplace Health Promotion

Mount Royal recognizes the importance of employee health. Human Resources' is committed to promoting health through a variety of services, resources and programs identified in the framework below. For more information please see the expandable health promotion questions included on this webpage.



MRU provides a range of benefits to maintain and promote the health of employees and their dependents. Please see the following information for benefit details.
Health, Dental and other Benefits

Eligibility for coverage

  • After a three month waiting period, all employees are eligible for benefits as specified in your Collective Agreement.
  • All benefits except Optional Life, Voluntary Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Critical Illness are compulsory. If you are enrolled for Health or Dental coverage through your spouse's plan, you may waive your right to participate in the MRU plans.

Extended Health Care

  • 80% reimbursement of eligible expenses
  • covers prescription generic drugs, semi-private hospital charges, ambulance, private duty nursing, medical services and supplies, etc.
  • 100% coverage for expenses incurred outside Canada for emergency care


  • 100% reimbursement of Preventative Dental Services
  • 80% Basic Dental Services
  • 50% reimbursement of Major Restorative Dental Services
  • Covers combined annual maximum for Preventative, Basic and Major Services of $1,500 per person per calendar year
  • 50% reimbursement of Orthodontic Services, to a maximum of $1,000 per person per calendar year and $2,000 per person, lifetime

Basic Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment

  • 3 times your annual earnings, to a maximum benefit of $750,000 Optional Life Insurance units of $10,000 as elected by the employee to a maximum of $250,000
  • coverage for spouse (units of $10,000 to a maximum of $250,000) and children (units of $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000)

Long Term Disability

  • You may be eligible to receive Long Term Disability benefits from Sun Life Financial, if you require time off work due to illness for an extended amount of time. Please refer to the Sun Life benefit booklets for more information in the benefits section of Employee Services.

Voluntary Accidental Death and Dismemberment

  • units of $10,000 to a maximum of $250,000
  • coverage available for employee, spouse and dependent children

Critical Illness

  • maximum coverage of $300,000
  • 60 day guaranteed acceptance on $25,000 coverage
  • coverage available for employee and spouse

Health Spending Account (HSA)

  • The HSA is an individual employee account which is funded by Mount Royal University. The major attraction of a spending account is that you can direct your allocated dollars, tax free to reimburse for health and dental expenses not covered by your core health and dental plans.
  • For a comprehensive HSA expense list, refer to “Health Spending Account Eligible
  • Expenses”, within the MyMRU website: Employee Resources/Benefits & Deductions/Health and Dental Coverage Plans/Benefits/scroll to your employee category.
  • All employees are eligible for this benefit as specified in your Collective Agreement

MRU wants to ensure that you are supported in being active and healthy while at work. To accomplish this we provide the following services and information.

Workplace Health Promotion; Active & Healthy Workplace

Ergonomics program: Offered through Human Resources, employees can request ergonomic assessments that involve evaluation of their workspace. If you are interested please set up an ergonomic assessment.

Ergonomic resources:
Office Ergonomics

Chair set up videos & information: There are generally 3 types of task chairs on campus. Information about how to adjust these chairs can be found within the links below. Please make sure that your chair resembles the chair in the link before making any adjustments. If you are uncertain on how to set up your chair following these videos or if you have a different chair please contact Human Resources and ergonomic assessment.

Vision tips:

Office stretching programs:


Active Workspace:


Other MRU resources for active living:

Wellness Services

Health promotion events are run annually to engage the community in healthy living. These events typically involve activities and information to increase awareness of the importance of each employee’s health. Events will be communicated to MRU employees when appropriate.

Annual health promotion events and activities engage the community in healthy living and increase awareness of the importance of each employee’s health.

Thank you to the faculty and staff who participated in the 2016 MRU Health Challenge Event! The primary goal was to raise awareness of health and wellness while creating a sense of community among Mount Royal employees. We hope that participants continue the healthy habits learned within this event and influence others to do the same. Stay tuned for future health challenge events coming in the spring of 2017. 

Other MRU resources:
Wellness Services

There are many aspects of life and work that impact an individual’s psychological health & safety, both at home and at work. MRU recognizes the importance of mental health of its employees and offers a number of activities, services and subject matter that maintains and promotes employee mental health.

Workplace Health Promotion - Mental Health:

Employee & Family Assistance Program to support employees through adversity.
> Holiday Health Kit - Winter is Coming

Employee Awards
emphasizing the importance of recognition.

Lunch & Learns with subject matter related to mental health.

MRU Extended Health Care Benefits – if eligible for health insurance, you have coverage for a licensed psychologist or social worker. Please see the employee benefits section for further details.

Return to work and accommodation programs


Other MRU Resources for Mental Health:

Wellness Services
Diversity and Human Rights


External Resources:

MRU’s confidential Employee & Family Assistance Program


Alberta Health Services resources, services and programs:

  • Access Mental Health – Calgary and Area

This resource for Calgary and area offers mental health information, options for mental health support, connection to local community resources,connection to specialized mental health services. The website also includes information about internal and external services including wait times, location and service fees. 403-943-1500 Ext. 2 (Adult and Senior Services)

  •  Mental Health Helpline (Province of Alberta)

In conjunction with HealthLink Alberta, the Mental Health Helpline provides crisis intervention; information on Mental Health programs and services; and referrals to other agencies. It is a confidential service that operates 24 hours a day. 1-877-303-2642

MRU strives to support the health of its employees through programs and services that allow for life balance. To accomplish this we offer a variety of leave programs, flexible work programs as well as accommodation and return to work programs.

Leave time:
Mount Royal supports its employees and aims to provide leave time to foster life balance. Please consult your respective collective agreements for details on leaves available to specific employee groups. Some of these leaves can include parental leave, compassionate leave, family illness leave, change of domicile leave, disaster conditions leave, personal leave, faculty professional leaves, faculty sabbatical, attendance of court proceedings, vacations and holidays.

Illness Leave:
In the event you are required to be absent from work for more than five consecutive work days due to illness, you may be eligible for general illness leave with the University. Medical documentation is required and should be submitted to the HR Consultant, Disability Management.

Long Term Disability:
You may be eligible to receive Long Term Disability benefits from Sun Life Financial, if you require time off work due to illness for an extended amount of time. Please refer to the Sun Life benefit booklets for more information in the benefits section of Employee Services.

Employees who require workplace accommodation should contact the HR Consultant, Disability Management.

Flexible Hours of Work:
Scheduled flexible hours of work are normal hours of work which may be varied to accommodate a flexible system of working hours which takes into consideration the needs of the University and/or the Department and the desires of the individual. Flexible work hours must be mutually agreed upon. Reference your collective agreement for more details on flexible work hours.

MRU benefits from a community that supports employee wellness, a number of MRU departments outside of Human Resources provide excellent services and resources for health and wellness. Please refer to the Employee Guidebook for information about these offerings.