On October 17, 2018 there was a major change to Canadian law which is very slowly starting to ripple its way through workplaces across Canada. Farms are included in this workplace change but the question is are farmers ready for the change that is about to sweep over them?
RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney dives into some relatively uncharted territory in this discussion of cannabis and your farm. He is joined by Jade Reeve, manager of AgriJobs with the Canadian Agriculture Human Resources Council, to break down the implications of changes in the law.
Reeve has some sobering observations about the preparedness of workplaces. “I think that as a country, and in workplaces especially, we are not really ready and we’re very concerned about the legalization of recreational cannabis.” She goes on to say that the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) conducted a survey and found that only 11 per cent of companies that responded felt they were ready for the legal changes.
Reeve says it is important to stay abreast of drug testing advances but knowing that someone has consumed cannabis is not the same as knowing if they are impaired. She says, “The traditional drug testing route would only indicate that somebody had consumed but not their impairment.”
Reeves warns that each province is different when it comes to regulating workplace safety. “It’s important to follow the regulatory practices that have been enforced within each province.”
Listen to the entire interview below.