New Canadian ban on asbestos

Prohibition of Asbestos and Products Containing Asbestos Regulations (Government of Canada)

December 15, 2016 – The Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, has announced that the government hopes to ban asbestos in Canada by 2018. They also plan to change the rules and regulations about the deadly material, which contaminates tens of thousands homes and buildings across the country and kills thousands every year. This “cross-government” announcement included the Federal Ministers of Health, Public Services, and Environment and Climate Change.

Asbestos, a known carcinogen, has been condemned by the World Health Organization and is banned in some 50 countries around the world. Asbestos was mined in Canada from the late 1800s until 2011.

FOCA was one of 68 signatories on a letter sent to the Prime Minister urging a ban on asbestos and the establishment of an expert panel review on asbestos.

The letter is available here.


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