Well-being Canada’s mission is to improve Well-being for all Canadians through the development of a shared Vision for Canadian Well-being, advocating for and supporting the creation and adoption of Canadian Well-being Strategy, Well-being Policy Framework , Science-Policy Interface, Shared Multi-Disciplinary Research Agenda, Well-being Outcome/Impact Model, Well-being Reporting, an approach for Well-being-Based Budgeting, and a shared trans-disciplinary / integrated Well-being Practice-Intervention KnowledgeBase . All of these elements are guided by an overall Canadian Well-being Management Framework.
NOTE: This is a multi-disciplinary initiative that takes from a variety of fields of study – Positive Psychology, Psychology, Organization Development, Economics, Sociology, Human Resources, Environmental Studies, Eco-Psychology, Neuro-Sciences, Political Science, Geography and others.
At the same time, Well-being Canada promotes the development of Wellbeing Literacy, a Wellbeing Culture, and a flourishing Wellbeing Community in Canada.
To accomplish all of the above activities requires a trans-disciplinary approach with participation from a variety of groups, entities and fields. Fields include positive psychology, eco-psychology, psychology, sociology, economics, organizational design and others. Groups and entities include all Canadians, all regions of Canada, all five levels of government (community, municipal, provincial, federal, and interfaces with global governance entities), private enterprise, all levels of academia, and civil society organizations.
For Wellbeing Canada to fulfill the mission of improving the Wellbeing of all Canadians it will require the creation of a movement and the contribution and advancement of many fields. This means that a primary focus of Well-being Canada will be movement building and field building. There are systematic approaches to doing both movement building and field building that Wellbeing Canada will be using to achieve its mission, desired outcomes, impacts and ultimately its shared vision.
Wellbeing of an individual, group, community, business, city /town municipality, region, country or the world is contributed to through many factors. The economics world and many reporting approaches use the term multi-capitalism to label the factor categories – financial, built (infrastructure), human, social, and environmental. This is just one perspective that will be broadened, tested and refined as Well-being Canada moves forward on defining and creating the following initiatives:
- Shared Vision for Canadian Well-being,
- Canadian Well-being Strategy,
- Well-being Policy Framework,
- Well-being Outcome/Impact Model (Logic Model),
- Well-being Reporting
- Well-being-Based Budgeting
- Well-being Science
- Well-being Literacy
- Well-being Competency
- Well-being Culture
- Well-being Community
- Well-being Practice-Intervention KnowledgeBase
- Well-being Body of Knowledge (Wellbeing BOK)
All of the above initiatives are linked to the higher-level Well-being Management Framework initiative.