On October 17, 2018, cannabis will be legal across Canada for those who are 19 years of age and older. While the law is changing, Laurentian values remain the same. We continue to commit to a healthy environment for all members of the community, including students, faculty and staff, and other people on campus.
For now, Laurentian will follow the Board of Governors approved Policy on Smoking and, if passed, the provincial rules around cannabis. Consumption of recreational cannabis in the workplace is illegal and will continue to be after legalization.
Smoking of cannabis is not permitted in university buildings, vehicles, public places and enclosed workplaces, all outdoor areas, with the exception of new outdoor Designated Smoking Areas (DSA).
Laurentian is committed to a holistic approach to wellness and excellence in well-being as stated in our strategic plan. Laurentian University, in line with a public health approach, will be working to reduce harm while also offering supportive measures for those who are at higher risk of harm due to their cannabis use.
Laurentian remains committed to working with our stakeholders throughout this process, and has taken the following measures to ensure that our community is up to date and ready for legalization:
- Created this webpage that provides information on Laurentian's policies, supports and resources, and links to additional information.
- Updated the Residence Procedures.
- Developed a Fit for Duty Guideline, and we are reminding staff and faculty about standard practices and procedures, as outlined in our policies and collective agreements, to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for all employees.
- Launched new Designated Smoking Areas, as per Laurentian's policy on smoking.
As we go through the first year of this approach, we will amend the strategy as required, and incorporate feedback from various Laurentian community members and stakeholders. Please send us an email to share your comments.