Transport Canada Bars Crews From Consuming Cannabis for 28 Days Before Flying

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Business Transport Canada bars crews from consuming cannabis for 28 days before flying Social Sharing Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Email Reddit Rules would apply to air traffic controllers too CBC News The new Transport Canada rules on cannabis use will cover in-flight crew as well as air traffic control workers. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)

Members of the Canadian aviation industry are forbidden from consuming cannabis for at least 28 days before going on duty, according to new rules now in force.

Canadian Aviation Regulations require that pilots, cabin crew, and air traffic controllers must have a certain level of “fitness for duty” on the job, Transport Canada said Thursday. That means they cannot use or be “under the influence of any drug that impairs the person’s faculties to the extent that aviation safety is affected,” the agency said.

As such, four weeks is the minimum time required to be free of cannabis before being allowed to work, the aviation regulator said. But the new rules don’t preclude airlines or airports from requiring even stricter requirements of their employees.

After the government legalized recreational use of cannabis last fall, Transport Canada undertook a review of its policies with regards to impairment.

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