Hasn’t Canada banned asbestos already?

No. We haven’t…yet. 

Ban Asbestos Canada is excited to report that the Canadian government has promised a full ban on asbestos by 2018. We stand in solidarity with all those affected by asbestos – the ill, their families, the workers and the activists who have been pushing for this ban for decades. Your hard work, belief and relentless efforts have gotten Canadian leaders to listen.

We’re looking forward to an opportunity to participate in consultation to advocate for a safer Canada. We believe that there is a way to move forward that considers all avenues to comprehensively deal with the issues surrounding banning asbestos and its safe removal and disposal to protect the health of Canadians.

On December 9th, 2016, the Canadian Government announced that the ban will coming the following week.

This last May 11th, 2016, the Canadian Government announced that it would be moving towards establishing a Canadian ban of asbestos.  The Right Honorable Justin Trudeau stated that “We know that its impact on workers far outweighs any benefits that it might provide“.

Only this July 2015 has the Canadian government admitted that all forms of asbestos are harmful. Click here to see a map of where asbestos is found in Federal buildings.

With the Day of Mourning celebrations across the country, there have been numerous media articles about banning asbestos in Canada. You can find them (and more) on the news page.

“I have watched my father struggle and pass away from Mesothelioma in November, 2011 when he didn’t even realize he was being exposed to asbestos at work. My uncle was diagnosed last year with asbestosis. I work in the construction field overseeing health and safety and inspect asbestos abatement removals. I have witnessed several very concerning practices over the years on how asbestos is removed. Workers and co-workers continue to be exposed every day. Mesothelioma is the number one occupational illness in Ontario. Mr. Trudeau, since you will not move into the 24 Sussex Drive residence, you recognize the repercussions of how breaching asbestos could affect you or your family, so I encourage you to be the voice for all Canadians to implement much needed changes for positive forward movement.” – Renée Guay

Ban Asbestos Canada is a network of like-minded individuals from across Canada that are seeking a common goal: that asbestos be banned in Canada. We’re calling on the Canadian government to do the following:

  • Ban asbestos imports
  • Stop all new asbestos installations
  • Let us know where asbestos is hiding.

 

It’s time. Help us. Make a Difference. Ban Asbestos, Canada, Now!