All forms of asbestos cause cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society believes that all efforts should be made to eliminate exposure to asbestos and to eliminate asbestos-related diseases.
The Canadian Cancer Society calls for the federal government to adopt a national ban on asbestos products. This includes the manufacture, use, import and export of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials and products.
In addition, the Society urges the government to partner with provinces and territories to implement a comprehensive asbestos reduction strategy that:
- Sets a clear schedule for legislation and implementing a ban on all new asbestos products
- Requires mandatory reporting of public buildings containing asbestos and establishes federal and provincial building registries
- Establishes a national surveillance system to track health outcomes of people already exposed to asbestos and all asbestos-related disease in Canada
- Engages and supports community, business and workers affected by an asbestos ban, which includes providing financial stability
- Strengthens workplace safety legislation
- Supports the addition of chrysotile asbestos to Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention
- Actively increases awareness and education of harms of asbestos exposure, and provides information to support those afflicted with asbestos-related disease