The Cannabis Effect: Recreational Legalization and the Impact on the Canadian Workforce

Canadian HR Laws on cannabisRecreational marijuana will become legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018 and it is prompting employers all across Canada to review their workplace policies. This whitepaper explains the Cannabis Act, how HR should prepare, and all the various safety, benefits, and testing issues that will arise in Canadian workplaces this fall.

According to a report by the Conference Board of Canada , the main concerns for employers are:

  • 57% are concerned about workplace safety
  • 39% about workplace impairment
  • 20% about testing for impairment
  • 15% about managing needs related to accommodation and disclosure
  • 15% on the cost of benefits/impact to organization

Whether you agree or disagree with the Cannabis Act, it is quickly approaching. It is vital to understand what this new legislation means to your workplace, and to ensure you have the policies and procedures in place to educate your staff.

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