Ban Asbestos

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.

Media Releases

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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