Canadian government to finally ban import of asbestos

Canadian government to finally ban import of asbestos

This week, Canada’s federal government will formally announce their plans to ban the import of asbestos, in all it’s forms, into the country.

There is already a ban in place for the export of the deadly material, but campaigners have been asking for many years for a complete ban, including the importation of asbestos.

Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced back in May of this year that plans were moving forward on an asbestos ban.

The announcement of a complete ban will be music to a lot of people’s ears, including public health officials and the Canadian labour party.

The asbestos ban will also include the implementation of a building registry, where all buildings that contain asbestos will be identified and added to the register.

Canadian government to finally ban import of asbestos - Jeffrey mine in Canada.

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In April of this year, Public Services and Procurement Canada announced their plans, saying that they were going to totally ban the use of asbestos on their department’s construction projects.

They have also started compiling an inventory of their buildings containing asbestos.

Other departments are predicted to follow their example and do the same.

The Canadian government’s announcement will be great news for the country, as over 2000 people die each year from an asbestos related disease.

Canada will join Europe, Japan and Australia, who have all banned asbestos.

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