Pre-Employment Drug Testing Program
The safety of employees, the public, property and the environment is a priority in delivering services to Calgarians. An external candidate who applies for a safety sensitive position must pass a pre-employment drug test before they can be employed with The City.
A safety sensitive position is one where impaired performance could result in a significant incident affecting the health and safety of employees, the public, property and/or the environment. About 600 positions at The City have been identified as safety sensitive positions.
Who is required to take a pre-employment drug test?
Applicants to safety sensitive positions who:
- are not currently employed with The City, and
- have been identified as the top candidate through the recruitment process,
- are a seasonal rehire.*
Does this apply to all competitions for safety sensitive positions?
Applicants who apply for positions which require a polygraph test, such as some members of the Calgary Police Service, Public Safety & Communications and the Calgary Fire Department, are not required to take a pre-employment drug test.
How does it work?
All job postings for safety sensitive positions will clearly state that successful applicants must pass a pre-employment drug test before they can be employed.
During the employment interview, if you are not currently employed with The City, hiring managers will re-state that a pre-employment drug test must be successfully completed by the successful applicant.
A third party vendor administers the pre-employment drug tests on behalf of The City of Calgary. Once the successful applicant passes their pre-employment drug test, a final offer of employment can be made.
For more information about the Pre-Employment Drug Testing Program (PEDT) or PEDT requirements, please contact HR Support Services at (403) 268-5800.