In terms of keeping our roads safe, it's important to note that we know that impaired driving is a leading criminal cause of death and injury on our roadways, and cannabinoids are among the most common psychoactive substances found in deceased and injured drivers in Canada.
We agree with the federal government that there is a need to strengthen our impaired driving laws to better understand drug-impaired driving. In addition, we also support the recommendation of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police for advanced funding for enhanced officer training and drug recognition technology investments to ensure that there is a clear and reliable system for identifying, testing, and imposing consequences for drug-impaired driving prior to legalization.
In terms of workplace wellness, cannabis use or impairment in the workplace, especially in safety-sensitive positions, can pose a danger to everyone, including the person who's impaired. While substance use in the workplace is not a new issue, employer groups and workplaces would benefit from clear guidance from both the federal and provincial governments regarding measures such as policies and procedures that they can follow through with to address cannabis use in the workplace. In addition, access to programs and services to support employees with dependence or problematic substance use needs to be greatly increased.