Radon

Collection of materials related to outreach and advocacy on the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in Canada among non-smokers estimated to cause about 16% of lung cancer deaths each year. It is an important public health issue. CELA has reviewed law and policy across Canada concerning radon and found legal protections lacking. Greater public awareness is also needed. While the federal government has made useful progress on various measures to address radon, most legal jurisdiction rests at the provincial/territorial level. CELA is working on outreach activities with the Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment and Take Action on Radon. Ongoing advocacy seeks to advance updates in radon-protection measures at the provincial level such as Ontario's Building Code and in child care licensing regulations. While there are some areas in Canada known to have high radon levels, all homes should be tested for radon.
(Image source: The Lung Association)

Media Releases and Blogs

What could Budget 2018 mean for Canada’s environment?
Call for Mandatory Action on Radon
CAREX Canada’s e-RISK tool for policymakers, cancer researchers, and NGOs
Responding to high radon levels in schools – the need for good communication
Encouraging radon policy advocacy in the child care sector
Radon and children's health - a webinar for the child care sector
Canadians Are Playing Radon Roulette
Challenging all MPs to support a radon tax credit
Challenging all MPs whose ridings have high radon levels – support a radon tax credit!
93 Federal Ridings with more than 10% of Homes Likely to Have Above-Guideline Radon Levels
A Tax Credit for Radon Remediation: Logical Next Step for Feds
Fix Provincial/Territorial Laws to Prevent Radon-Induced Lung Cancer
Launch of Radon Action Month
Radon in Homes, Schools, and Workplaces: CELA Finds Legal Protections Lacking
Take Action on Radon!
Experts Add Radon Test to ‘Must-Dos’ for Home Safety — as Important as Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Publications