Canadian Federal Labor Minister Says She Will Consider Asbestos Ban

According to, the Canadian federal government is considering a ban of asbestos in construction projects. However, for now the government is just “monitoring the situation”. Asbestos has already been banned in Australia, New Zealand and the European Union, but is still allowed under Canada’s national building code. Maryann Mihychuk, the federal minister of employment, workforce development and labor commented on the consideration, “I think we’re going to have to look at it, asbestos is still being used in a lot of circumstances, for example, sewer systems, for insulation around pipes. We’re considering the ban, but we’re not there yet.” The World Health Organization recommends replacing asbestos with safer substitutes.

The Canadian Labour Congress says the use of asbestos cement pipes are actually on the rise in Canada and is increasingly being installed in federally-funded infrastructure projects in Ontario and Quebec through the former federal government’s New Building Canada Fund. The CLC also said that importation of asbestos-related items is increasing in Canada.

Hassan Yussuff, President of the CLC, is urging the government to “make the right decision.” He said too many Canadians are dying after exposure to asbestos fibers in their workplaces. The minister of Public Services and Procurement, Judy Foote, said the government “will undertake a review to make sure that asbestos is not a product that’s used on an on-going basis.”

Mihychuk acknowledged the ongoing issues with asbestos across the county that must still be addressed with a statement outside the house. “It’s not only new, but look at the old infrastructure we have on some reserves where the conditions of the housing make is airborne. There’s a lot of implications and we’re studying it very closely.”

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