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Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

You can register and access the website at Homewood Health and create your own personal account. The telephone number is 1-800-663-1142.

What Is The Employee and Family Assistance Program?

The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is a confidential counselling and information service sponsored by Vancouver Island University. This program is designed to help you and your eligible dependents with any personal problems that affect your family life, your work life or your general well-being.

Who Is Eligible?

As a regular or temporary employee, you, your spouse and your dependent children are eligible to use the EFAP. If you are in doubt, just call the EFAP and ask.

What Kinds Of Problems Are Covered By The EFAP?

Any personal problem that affects your home life or work life is a legitimate reason to use the EFAP. Marital or family problems, alcohol or drug misuse, depression, anxiety or stress, legal and financial issues, career or work-related concerns and childcare and eldercare issues are some of the problems that are covered by the program. Available through the EFAP is information about resources for children (such as daycare, schools and specialty programs, after school and summer activities and so on), as well as resources for the elderly (such as out-of-home care, financial issues, home support services and others).

Who Provides The Service?

The EFAP is provided by Homewood Health, an independent and external group of professional psychologists, social workers and addictions counsellors. They have offices conveniently located in your area.

Is It Confidential?

A definite YES. The EFAP is anonymous and voluntary. It is staffed by professionals who are bound by strict codes of ethics concerning confidentiality. No one will know you have used the EFAP unless you tell them yourself.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of the EFAP is covered by Vancouver Island University. On occasion, community resources may be recommended for longer term or specialized counselling. You would be responsible for any fees charged. Your provincial health plan or other benefits may cover some of the charges.


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Live Orientation to Your EFAP - Webinar

Held bi-weekly on Wednesdays at 10am PST, this live, virtual orientation to the Employee and Family Assistance Program with Homewood Health is open to VIU employees. This webinar will provide an overview of your EFAP and the wide-ranging resources available to you and your immediate family members.

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