No clear cut answer to drug testing

By Asha Tomlinson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/10/2003

While American corporations have made it clear where they stand on drug testing, corporate Canada is still mulling over what position to take on the issue.

Currently, there is no specific legislation on drug testing in Canada. In the United States, it’s common practice for employers to randomly select workers for drug and alcohol screening. So, many American-based companies with divisions in Canada are being pressured to implement similar policies, which has moved the controversial topic to the top of many business agendas.

“There’s a difference between Canadian tradition and American law. The Canadian courts have said (drug testing is) not appropriate (in the workplace),” said Rick Drennar, prevention education consultant for Addictions Foundation Manitoba.