Health Statistics

Employers lose more than 6 billion dollars annually in lost productivity, absenteeism, presenteeism and turnover.

The Basics

  • Mental health is the leading cause of disability, worldwide.
  • About 21.4% of the working population in Canada currently experience mental health problems and illnesses, which can affect their productivity.
  • Mental health problems and illnesses account for approximately 30% of short – and long-term disability claims and are rated one of the top three drivers of such claims by more than 80% of Canadian employers.
    “Making The Case For Investing In Mental Health In Canada.” N.p., 2018. Web. 24 Apr. 2018.

Cardiovascular Disease

  • Individuals with cardiovascular disease miss an additional 6.8 -32.7 days per year.Kivimäki, M., Nyberg, S. T., Fransson, E. I., Heikkilä, K., Alfredsson, L., Casini, A., … & Goldberg, M. (2013). Associations of job strain and lifestyle risk factors with risk of coronary artery disease: a meta-analysis of individual participant data. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 185(9), 763-769.
  • 26% of deaths among heavy equipment operators were due to heart disease.Health Canada Economic Burden of Illness in Canada in 1998 Ottawa: Health Canada; 2002. Retrieved from


Fatigue not only affects an employee’s ability to be productive during the day, it may increase their risk of injury – as fatigue can lead to cognitive impairment similar to that of alcohol intoxication.

  • 17 hours awake is equivalent to a blood alcohol content of 0.05
  • 21 hours awake is equivalent to a blood alcohol content of 0.08
  • Most incidents occur when people are more likely to want sleep – between midnight and 6 am, and between 1 to 3 pm.“Fatigue: OSH Answers.” Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety. N.p., 2018. Web. 20 Mar. 2018. Retrieved from


  • Every employee that smokes costs over $3000 through increased absenteeism, decreased productivity and the costs associated with maintaining and cleaning a smoking area.
  • 58% of current smokers are considering quitting in the next 6 months and of these, half are considering quitting in the next 30 days.Canada, Health. “Smoking Cessation In The Workplace: A Guide To Helping Your Employees Quit Smoking – Canada.Ca.” N.p., 2018. Web. 9 Feb. 2018
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