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 in the workplace. The workshop will provide employers with direction on how to apply the policy, manage marijuana use and assess impairment. 

What You Will Learn:

  • Understand the legislation that pertains to marijuana use and the workplace
  • Understand how to draft a policy that deals with marijuana use and the workplace
  • Canvas the employer’s duty to accommodate pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code and duty to maintain a safe work environment under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Review case law concerning medical marijuana use at work
  • Appreciate how to determine marijuana impairment and the process to follow when you suspect impairment.

Why Attend:

Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and Other Acts expected to come into force on July 1, 2018, marijuana in the workplace is set 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 how to accommodate medical marijuana use in the workplace and attendees will have an opportunity to draft a marijuana policy for their organization.  


Who Should Attend:

This workshop is targeted towards employers, especially those organizations which have higher safety requirements (ex. employers whose employees deal with machinery).


About the Instructor:

Paul Cassan – Paul is a lawyer called to the bar in 1997 and focusing his practice on Municipal and Labour/Employment law. Paul is the originating lawyer for the Wishart Municipal Group which has developed an entirely new way of providing legal services to municipalities.  Paul is a regular keynote speaker at AMCTO Zone meetings and is a member of AMCTO.  Paul was lead Counsel in the Elliot Lake Mall Inquiry proudly acting for the City of Elliot Lake and the Elliot Lake Fire Department.  Paul successfully prosecuted and convicted the Mall Owner pursuant to charges under the Fire Prevention and Protection Act.  Paul is a dynamic speaker and regularly visits his municipal clients, attending council meetings and providing advice and training on various issues as they arise.  Paul has acted on MANY assessment appeals and provides advice to Municipalities on dealing with assessment matters.  He presently is acting on the oldest assessment appeals in the province and with luck will in fact be the lawyer who settles these matters for his municipal clients.  Paul has appeared before all levels of Court in Canada including the Supreme Court of Canada as well as a host of municipal related administrative tribunals including the Ontario Municipal Board, the Assessment Review Board, the Boundaries Act Tribunal, the Ontario Drainage Tribunal, the Ontario and Canada Human Rights Tribunals, the Ontario Labour Relations Board and many others.  With experience as a volunteer firefighter, and acting on various Police matters, Paul has a significant breadth of experience in emergency response and responder 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 
Venue details coming soon!

This workshop is being held in conjunction with the Zone 2 Meeting. Registration details coming soon.

Deadline to register:
April 09 
City Hall - Community Room
60 East Main Street
Welland, ON L3B 3X4


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