2018-10-18

Reminders for administrators following cannabis legalization in Canada

On Oct. 17, cannabis use was legalized in Canada. As stated in the memo sent to the HR Network community of practice on Oct. 9:

UBC has an obligation to observe the safety rules set out in section 4.20 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation to prevent impairment in the workplace. This means ensuring that employees do not arrive or remain at work while their ability to work is affected by alcohol, cannabis, or any other impairing substance, regardless of its legal status.

Although medical authorization to use cannabis does not include a right to consume cannabis at work or arrive to work impaired, employees who are prescribed cannabis for medical purposes and seek or require an accommodation will be advised to speak with their supervisor (staff or student employees) or Head (faculty). Any unauthorized or unapproved use of cannabis prior to or during work hours will not be tolerated and may result in discipline.

We ask that all administrators and managers familiarize themselves with our document, “Information for Supervisors Regarding Substance Use.” If you have questions regarding medical accommodations, or employee substance use, please contact the following:

Together, we can continue to foster a healthy, safe, inclusive, and professional work environment at UBC.


Two broadcast email messages were also distributed to the broader campus community on this subject, if you are interested in reading more:

New professional development workshops this winter

We have two new professional development workshops coming up this winter that may be of interest to you or to your staff:

You may be able to use your professional development funding towards these courses. Visit the PD funding page for your employee group to learn more, or contact pd.workshops@ubc.ca with questions.