Random drug, alcohol testing struck down at Suncor (Legal View)

Company failed to prove there was a problem with intoxicants at oil sands operations in northern Alberta
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/20/2014

Energy company Suncor is the latest employer to have random drug and alcohol testing shut down after an arbitrator followed the Supreme Court of Canada’s determination that the cons of such testing outweighed the pros without proof of a significant problem.

Suncor has oil sands extraction operations in two locations in northern Alberta: a base plant in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, about 30 km north of Fort McMurray, and a smaller operation at McKay River and Firebag, about 120 km north of Fort McMurray.

As of July 2013, there were more than 3,300 unionized workers, almost 3,000 non-represented workers and up to 3,400 contractor employees.