The use of asbestos and asbestos containing products will no longer be permitted in Canada as of December 30, 2018 under regulations passed by the Canadian government.
"Our members have been determined to see a ban on asbestos use in Canada for a long time – that day is finally coming" said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “We will celebrate this announcement today, but we must never forget the people that have suffered in the past or continue to suffer today from the asbestos related disease. Our governments could have done so much more, so much earlier on.”
Canada joins more than 55 countries that have banned the use of asbestos. This widely supported regulation is an essential step to stop asbestos exposure and protect health of workers and the public. The regulation prohibits the import, use, sale, manufacture and export of asbestos and products with asbestos, and outlines permitting and reporting regimes for a narrow range of allowable uses.
The regulations will result in substantial changes in asbestos use in key industry sectors such as construction and automotive, however, narrow exclusions remain for asbestos use including for a chlor-alkali plant until 2029, military equipment and nuclear facilities and reuse of mining residues and road materials.
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