The federal government has laid out a tough set of proposed new regulations to prohibit the use, sale, import and export of asbestos and products that contain it, as well as the manufacture of products containing the cancer-causing mineral.
The rules fulfil a Liberal promise made more than a year ago and complement proposals the government issued last spring.
Asbestos is a carcinogen that has been condemned by the World Health Organization and is banned in about 50 countries around the world.
The government says that with some minor exceptions, the proposed regulations and related amendments — published in the latest edition of the Canada Gazette — would ensure there is no market for asbestos and related products in Canada, and that it isn’t being brought into the country. Click here to read more.