Collection of materials in support of a world-wide ban on all forms of asbestos
Canada must continue to take responsibility for the impact of its long-standing promotion of asbestos in Canada and abroad. CELA is working collaboratively with members of Ban Asbestos Canada (BAC), a coalition of labour, public health, environmental and human rights groups, academic and scientific experts, concerned citizens, victims and their families, to advocate for a ban on asbestos in this country. In support of a global ban, CELA is seeking a global listing of all asbestos (including chrysotile) under the Rotterdam Convention and other UN Conventions and Programs aimed at controlling the international trade in hazardous substances. Unlike many countries that have banned all asbestos, Canada continues to allow the use and import of asbestos and products containing asbestos in this country. CELA is investigating opportunities to establish a national registry of asbestos diseases and buildings containing asbestos, to support a just transition to those still working in the asbestos industry, and to identify barriers for a ban on asbestos in products.