Ban Asbestos

Collection of materials in support of a world-wide ban on all forms of asbestos

Canada must take responsibility for the impact of its long-held promotion of asbestos in Canada and abroad. We work in collaboration with 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 December 2016, the federal government announced a comprehensive ban on asbestos and asbestos containing products by 2018. CELA continues to seek 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.

Media Releases

Government’s announcement to ban asbestos: Groups express support but asbestos work not yet complete
Prevent Mesothelioma and other Asbestos Diseases in Canada
Health advocates call on Indian government to end all use of asbestos
National and International Epidemiology Organizations Launch Call for a Global Ban on Asbestos
CELA Supports the North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbetos-Related Diseases
Canada's position on asbestos at international meeting unveiled
CELA supports Toronto Premiere of “Breathtaking”
Learning from our Shared Experience with Asbestos - India and Canada (Forum open to the public May 15th)
Don't back down [on promoting asbestos ban], two Conservative backbenchers urged by environmental groups
Heed students and ban Canadian asbestos say health, environment and social justice organizations
Ban Asbestos Canada Questions for Candidates in October 14 Federal Election
Canada Obstructing U.N. Convention Over Asbestos
Environmental, Women's, Labour and Health Groups Around the World Call for Action to Save the Rotterdam Convention

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Canadian Journal of Public Health 2010; 101(5):352

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