Survey says 8% of employers allow cannabis use

According to the results of a new survey by Ipsos commissioned by ADP Canada, a human resources software company, approximately 8% of respondents stated that their employer allows recreational cannabis use in the workplace, in contrast to 86% of respondents who said their employer does not permit it.

Researchers had polled 1,160 working Canadians aged 18 years and older between the period of August 30 and September 18, 2019. The study was designed to provide a representative sampling of working Canadians.

The results also showed that 47% of survey respondents who stated their employer permits cannabis consumption also reported consuming cannabis during working hours, with 63% of respondents saying they used cannabis prior to work, and 72% saying they used it after work.

In 2018, Ipsos and ADP Canada conducted a similar survey prior to the legalization of recreational cannabis, with results demonstrating that 10% of polled managers expected their employers to allow cannabis consumption before or during work, while 14% of managers described themselves as “somewhat likely” to consume cannabis at work. Moreover, the overall rate of Canadian workers expecting their employers to permit cannabis consumption at work was 6%, demonstrating that non-management workers were less likely to expect to have their employer’s permission to consume cannabis in the workplace.

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