Today, federal law changed to legalize cannabis in Canada. While the law is changing, Horizon North is not. We remain committed to the safety of our employees, our customers, and any stakeholders who interact with Horizon North.
We strictly prohibit the possession or use at our sites of any substance that can affect senses or responses on the job, including drugs and alcohol. Cannabis will be treated as one of these substances and will not be permitted, nor will employees or others under the influence of cannabis be permitted to remain on site. We expect our employees to arrive to the job Fit for Duty each day and remain Fit for Duty at all times – no doubt the same expectation you have of your teams. On site, we will retain our right to search the open areas of our premises, ensuring a safe environment for our employees and our clients who visit or stay with us.
Four weeks ago, our employees began participating in alcohol, cannabis and drug training to increase their awareness of the signs and symptoms of substance abuse in light of the changing legislation. Our policies for pre-employment and reasonable cause substance testing remain unchanged for Horizon North team members. That testing has always included a test for THC – the impairing ingredient in cannabis – and will continue to do so. The new legislation does not impact this in any way.
For those who may be struggling with alcohol, drugs or cannabis, our program is strong, including assessment by substance abuse professionals, a leave in order to attend treatment, if necessary, and follow-up testing to support relapse prevention.
With the implementation of this new legislation, it remains our commitment to our Horizon North clients that every effort is made each day to achieve and maintain incident and injury free operations. We take safety seriously because the lives of our employees, customers and stakeholders depend on it.