Marijuana and the Workplace: Preparation for Employers

The workshop is designed to provide employers with information and guidance with respect to marijuana use and the workplace. The workshop will canvas the relevant legislation and will provide direction to employers on how to design and implement a policy which addresses marijuana/impairment in the workplace. The workshop will provide employers with direction on how to apply the policy, monitor marijuana use, assess impairment and accommodate substance abuse disabilities. 

What You Will Learn:

  • Employees' implied employment obligations including their duty to report "fit for work"
  • Review of Bill C-45, the federal legislation that will legalize recreational marijuana use
  • Review of Ontario's legislation that pertains to consumption of recreational and medicinal  marijuana
  • An employer’s duty to maintain a safe workplace under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • How to determine marijuana impairment and the process to follow when you suspect impairment
  • The employer's duty accommodate pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code and its obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005
  • Key components of a policy that deals with marijuana use - and impairment - in the workplace
  • If, and when, when random testing is permissible
  • Review case law

Why Attend:

Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and Other Acts is expected to come into force in the summer of 2018, and therefore marijuana in the workplace is expected to become a more prevalent issue. Employers should be prepared to deal with the use of marijuana and how marijuana use will affect workplace safety. The workshop will provide a refresher on employers and employees' commitments and workplace obligations. Attendees will learn about pending legislation regarding the legalization of marijuana, its potential impact in the workplace and how to plan for and address issues pertaining to impairment.

Who Should Attend:

Senior managers, human resources and occupational health and safety professionals.


About the Instructor:

Stéphane Thiffeault - Stéphane is General Manager, Corporate Services, Clerk and Solicitor with The Corporation of the County of Lambton. Prior to joining the County of Lambton in June 2017, Stéphane was Senior Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer and Compliance Officer for ARLANXEO Canada Inc. with legal, commercial, human resources/labour relations and compliance responsibilities in Canada, the United States and the Republic of Singapore.  A former member of McMillan Binch LLP (now McMillan LLP) in Toronto, Ontario, where he practiced management-side labour and employment law, Stéphane has been a frequent presenter and author on issues pertaining to the workplace. In his free time, he serves on a number of board of directors and plays a bit of "beer league" hockey.
Hal Rolph - Hal is a partner at Mathew Dinsdale in Toronto and has been practicing workplace law since 1978. After over five years at the Ontario Ministry of Labour where he was lead counsel in prosecuting occupational health and safety offences, and representing the Ministry in employment standards and human rights proceedings, he  returned to private practice first at McMillan Binch  (now McMillan LLP) and then at Mathews Dinsdale since 2006.
Hal offers expertise as counsel for employers in arbitration hearings, before labour relations boards, human rights tribunals and in court proceedings involving wrongful dismissals, injunctions, appeals and judicial reviews. He also acts as a spokesperson for employers in collective agreement negotiations and provides advice on a broad range of employment law and labour relations matters.

Personal Information Protection Policy: This information is collected in accordance with the provisions of the AMCTO’s Personal Information Protection policy for the purposes of processing your registration and material delivery. This information is not shared, sold or distributed and is maintained in a confidential and secure manner.

Refund Policy: All Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. A refund levy of $113 (includes HST) will be applied to every cancellation received up to fourteen (14) business days prior to the holding of the session. No refunds will be made for cancellations of less than fourteen (14) business days prior to the holding of the session.
Disclaimer: AMCTO reserves the right to decline registration based on proprietary information/material being presented at this session, and for other reasons such as copyright issues. We will endeavour to make sure all scheduled events take place, but AMCTO reserves the right to alter, change or cancel dates, venues and workshops, for any reason.



McGregor Community Centre
9571 Walker Road
Essex, ON N0R 1J0

Deadline to register:
May 07 
Simcoe County Museum
1151 Highway 26
Minesing, ON L9X 0Z7

Deadline to register:
May 08 
City Hall - Community Room
60 East Main Street
Welland, ON L3B 3X4

Please Note: The date for this workshop has been changed

Deadline to register:
March 26 

Lexington Hotel & Conference Center
50 Brady Street
Sudbury, ON P3E 1C8


Deadline to register:
April 09 
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
1041 Carrick Street
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6L9

Deadline to register:
May 21