Chris Fox, CP24.com
Posted Saturday, January 26, 2019 10:19 EST
Last Updated on Saturday, January 26, 2019 12:59 EST
Metrolinx has revised its fitness for work and will now prohibit all employees in "safety-conscious positions" from consuming cannabis, whether at work or not.
The previous policy announced just prior to cannabis legalization in the autumn stated that all employees should be able to "safely and acceptably perform certain duties without restrictions arising from (but not limited to) alcohol, drugs and / or drugs."
However, the policy does not specifically prohibit employees from consuming legitimate cannabis for recreation when they are at a distance.
In a memorandum sent to staff, published on Friday by Toronto Star, Metrolinx President and CEO Phil Wester said that all employees in safety-conscious positions would be "forbidden to use cannabis for recreation and / or cannabis products, whether they are included or not. From 1 February.
It is unclear how many of the approximately 3,700 Metrolinx employees are working in safety-conscious positions, although the policy is likely to affect bus and coach operators GO and GO.
"Metrolinx is committed to protecting the health and safety of all employees, communities we serve, and the public who may use Metrolinx services or otherwise be affected by our services. To that end, Metrolinx is committed to ensuring that all employees and contractors are fit for work, "Wester said in a statement released on CP24 on Saturday. "Recognizing the safety-relevant nature of Metrolinx's operations and workplace, Fit for Duty's policy defines Metrolinx's requirements, expectations and obligations with regard to the suitability of employees to work. Every employee of Metrolinx has the responsibility to maintain the trust and safety of society by ensuring compliance with the policy. "
Metrolinx does not have a random drug and alcohol testing program similar to that used by TTC.
This says its policies allow for drug and alcohol testing if it is found that an employee in a safety-sensitive position may be "unfit for work" or if a critical incident occurs.
Cannabis cultivation is legal in Canada since October 17th.