BMO announced July 19 that it is extending the wellness services offered to its team members to Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs. 

The bank’s business clients will be able to access the wellness services and resources between July 19, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021. LifeWorks will provide the services, which include resources for mental, physical, social, and financial health.

These services include 24/7 access to confidential, short-term counselling support and professional advisors for advice and work-life support by phone, online, or mobile app. 

The bank is also offering online wellbeing resources with articles, toolkits and videos related to family, health, life, money, and work, as well as wellbeing assessment tools and interactive self-guided programs to help manage anxiety, stress, grief, and relationships. 

"BMO has been a major proponent of championing mental health in the workplace, providing resources and support, and seeing it as part of someone's overall health," stated Mike Bonner, Head, Canadian Business Banking, BMO Bank of Montreal. "We saw the challenges and strain that the pandemic was putting on clients and recognized that, in order to help businesses thrive, we needed to do more than just support them financially. We're providing our wellness services to our clients to support Canada's main street businesses more holistically."