On-Demand Webcast: Cannabis and the Ontario Human Rights Code

Date and Time

Starts:11/19/2018 8:00 AM

Ends:11/19/2056 8:00 AM

Event Type: Webcast

1 Hour Hour(s)


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The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has released a new policy statement on cannabis and Ontario's Human Rights Code.

While cannabis laws are changing, this policy reminds us that human rights protections for people with disabilities or addictions are the same.

The Code protects people who use cannabis for a medical purpose related to a disability from discriminatory treatment in employment and other areas. The Code also prohibits discrimination against people who have or are perceived to have an addiction to cannabis based on the ground of disability.

In this webcast, gain a thorough overview of the Ontario Human Rights Commission's new policy statement, along with questions and answers, about cannabis and Ontario's Human Rights Code.


Learning objectives:

Attendees will learn about:

  • The human rights implications of cannabis use in employment
  • Cannabis use for a medical purpose or because of addiction
  • Cannabis use, impairment and fitness for work
  • Safety sensitive jobs and drug testing
  • Determining when there is a duty to accommodate
  • Types of accommodations
  • Roles and responsibilities in the accommodation process


Who should attend?

Employers; Human resources professionals; Managers; Occupational health and safety staff; and staff responsible for workplace accommodation policies and practices. 

Speaker bio(s)
Jeff Poirier, Senior Policy Analyst

Jeff Poirier is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Ontario Human Rights Commission. His functions include legislative monitoring, preparing public submissions and policy development, on various issues such as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, gender identity, competing rights, and implications of the new cannabis laws. He has also managed communications and public education, and has worked in other areas including international human rights and francophone affairs.