Project Overview

This international charter is an outcome of the 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges cohosted by HM|HC in Kelowna. The Okanagan Charter articulates an encompassing vision with shared aspirations for the pursuit of robust health promotion in and outward from post-secondary settings. Recognizing that endeavor as integral to the advanced education mandate, the Charter issues purposeful calls to action on various aspects of campus community life and elaborates on principles to be applied in such initiatives.


Okanagan Charter: An international charter for health-promoting universities and colleges

Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses has formally endorsed the Okanagan Charter. Read our statement here.

Adoption of the Charter

To learn about how post-secondary institutions might formally adopt the Charter, please click the FAQ here.

Here is the Charter adoption template.

For a list of BC (and other Canadian) post-secondaries that have adopted the Charter, with a statement of their commitments in doing so, see the Canadian Health Promoting Campuses Okanagan Charter page. 


Activation of the Charter

Stories of activation in BC

Examples to come; please email us your stories at [email protected]!

BC campuses’ health & well-being frameworks

These samples have either been inspired by the Okanagan Charter or are in evident affinity with it. Other post-secondary institutions in BC are welcome to send us theirs for posting here too! [email protected]

Student-focused mental health frameworks:


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