Marijuana Legalization in Canada: Employers, Are You Ready?

May 16, 2018 | Claudia Desjardins Belisle, Daphnée Beauchamp | Montréal

Miller Thomson is pleased to invite you to a breakfast seminar where our labour law lawyers, in collaboration with Jean-Marc Schanzenbach, Commanding Officer of the Montreal police service (SPVM), will provide practical advice for managing marijuana in the workplace.

Please note this seminar will be delivered in French.



The legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes has many people concerned, particularly employers. They are worried about increased workplace accidents and absenteeism and a possible decrease in productivity, among other things.

How can employers deal with this new reality in the workplace while continuing to exercise their management rights and respecting their obligations regarding workplace health and safety, their duty of accommodation, as well as the fundamental rights and freedoms of their employees?

Given that the date of coming into force of An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts has been postponed until August 2018, you still have a few weeks to prepare.


8:00 – 8:30 a.m. • Registration and breakfast
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. • Seminar


Jean-Marc Schanzenbach
Commanding Officer of the Montreal police service (SPVM)
Commander Schanzenbach has worked for the SPVM since 1998. He has broad experience regarding the use of drugs and alcohol. Over the course of his career, he has been involved in several areas of activity in Montreal. In 2011, he trained as a Drug Recognition Expert and in the field of Physical Coordination Tests and, in 2012, he completed his certification in Jacksonville, Florida (USA).

Claudia Desjardins Bélisle
Partner, Miller Thomson
Claudia Desjardins Bélisle practises in all areas of labour and employment law as well as administrative law. She regularly represents employers before the courts and grievance arbitrators. She advises them with regards to the union certification process and collective agreements, and provides them with legal opinions. She also assists employers in negotiating the amicable settlement of disputes.

Daphnée Beauchamp
Lawyer, Miller Thomson
Through her labour and employment law practice, Daphnée Beauchamp advises and represents businesses of all sizes from various industries. Daphnée assists our clients on a range of labour and employment issues, including labour relations, hiring, individual and collective dismissals, discipline, performance management, workplace investigations, non-solicitation, non-competition and confidentiality clauses, as well as human rights and privacy.

Continuing Education: 2 hours

A certificate of participation will be e-mailed to registrants having attended the conference.
Barreau du Québec: recognized as 2 hours of continuing education.
Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés: pre-approved for 2 hours.

Event dates

May 16, 2018

Event location

Hôtel Le Mount Stephen

1440 Drummond Street, Montréal (Quebec) H3G 1V9