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Wellness & Employee Assistance Program

A healthy and vital church can only be achieved through healthy leadership. The Diocese is carrying out this commitment through the Fresh Start program and the Clergy/Employee Assistance Program.

Clergy/Employee Assistance Program

The Diocese subscribes to an (Employee) Clergy Assistance Program that provides free, confidential, short-term counselling and information services to clergy and their eligible family members (spouse and dependent children under 18 or still attending school).

Use of the service isn’t reported to anyone, including the bishops and churchwardens, without your informed, voluntary and written consent.

The plan provides counselling for:

  • stress management
  • depression
  • anxiety/anger
  • crisis counselling
  • career and work-related issues
  • substance abuse
  • life cycle changes
  • grief
  • relationships
  • couple/family issues


You can also call for personalized work life resource information to help with decisions relating to:

  • childcare
  • parenting
  • school age decisions
  • youth and teens
  • homecare or eldercare
  • bereavement
  • pre-retirement
  • financial support

These services are totally voluntary and provided by LifeWorks (formerly Morneau Shepell), an external company with no affiliation to the Diocese. LifeWorks provides live 24-hour phone access, 365 days a year. To talk directly with a representative contact:

  • Toll-free Canada-wide number: 1-844-880-9142
  • TDD (for hearing impaired): 1-800-363-6270
  • Ligne sans frais au Canada: 1-800-363-3872
  • ATS (personnes malentendantes): 1-800-263-8035

For more information on confidentiality or the counselling services, read the EAP FAQs.

Wellness newsletters

The Employee/Clergy Assistance Program provides newsletters with helpful information for healthy living. All updated newsletters are posted below.

You can also access the Work Health Life website provided by LifeWorks for information and resources about topics like health and wellbeing, career and workplace, financial security and life events.

The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act newsletter gives tips to balance your life and keep you emotionally and physically fit.