July 06, 2018

Public Asked for Input About Impairment in the Workplace Before Cannabis is Legalized

The Government of Saskatchewan is asking for feedback on how to keep workers safe from the impacts of impairment in the workplace as the legalization date for cannabis approaches. 

In the fall of 2017, the Government of Saskatchewan conducted an online cannabis survey.  The survey revealed the majority of respondents believe additional steps need to be taken to keep workers and workplaces safe.  Based on this feedback, the public and stakeholders are being asked to provide written submissions sharing their thoughts on how to address impairment in the workplace through possible legislative changes to The Saskatchewan Employment Act and The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996.

“Being impaired at work is unacceptable, dangerous and illegal,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said.  “With the introduction of the Cannabis Act, we are examining current legislation and will be making changes to ensure the safety of all workers.  We are seeking input from workers and employers across the province.”

A consultation paper has been posted at www.saskatchewan.ca/government/public-consultations/consultation-on-impairment-in-the-workplace.  Written submissions can be sent via mail or email to labourlegislationLRWS@gov.sk.ca by August 31, 2018.

To learn more about cannabis in Saskatchewan, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/government/cannabis-in-saskatchewan.