Society statement on federal government’s support for asbestos action

11 May 2016

Toronto -

The Canadian Cancer Society is encouraged by today’s reports that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has publicly expressed support for federal government action against asbestos. We believe that the review of federal asbestos policies currently underway must quickly lead to a complete, nationwide ban on asbestos use.

Canada allows the use of asbestos and asbestos products in brake pads and panels, tiles and pipes used in construction. Although the overall use of asbestos has decreased in recent decades, it can still be found in many older buildings. All forms of asbestos cause cancer, and there’s no safe level of exposure. It’s estimated that more than 2,300 Canadians are diagnosed with cancer each year as a result of workplace exposure to asbestos.

The Society continues to advocate on behalf of all Canadians for legislation completely banning the use, import and export of anything containing asbestos. On April 28, 2016, the Society renewed its call for a total asbestos ban and for Canada to follow the lead of 50 other countries worldwide who have banned the import, export, use and manufacture of asbestos and asbestos products.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Rosie Hales

Communications Specialist

Canadian Cancer Society

National office

Phone: 416 934-5338