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On December 15, 2016, the Government of Canada announced a comprehensive strategy on the control of asbestos, one of which was the banning of asbestos and asbestos-containing products under the framework of Environmental Protection in Canada (CEPA 1999). 
The World Health Organization (WHO) international Agency for Research on cancer has identified asbestos as a carcinogen risk to humans.  Excessive inhalation can lead to asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Due to its characteristics, common applications are found in the construction and textile industries, as well as automotive brake and clutch pads and other consumer products.

Implementation of New Ban

Canada issued two proposals to strengthen the control of asbestos in January 2018, which are scheduled to be published in the Official Gazette of Canada in the autumn of 2018. On October 17, 2018, Canada issued two legal documents amending Canada's Environmental Protection (CEPA 1999) in Official Gazette SOR/2018-196 to amend Canada's environmental protection Appendix 3 and the SOR/2018-196 "Asbestos and Asbestos-containing Products Act”. 
SOR/2018-193 has redefined six types of asbestos, while SOR/2018-196 will include the prohibition of the import, sale and use of asbestos and the manufacture, import, sale and use of asbestos-containing products, with some minor exemptions. In addition, SOR/2018-196 has amended the restrictions on the export of substances in the Export Control list regulations to restrict any form of asbestos export, with the exception of a few exemptions.
In view of the regulations within the framework of the Canadian Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA), SOR/2018-197 will become expired on the date when SOR/2018-196 comes into force.

Latest requirements for asbestos control in Canada

SOR/2018-196 Regulations for the prohibition of asbestos and asbestos-containing products 
Material  Restrictions  Requirement  Effective Date 

Asbestos, including:

  • Actinolite
  • Anthophyllite
  • Amosite
  • Chrysotile
  • Crocidolite
  • Tremolite
Processed asbestos fibres  Prohibited  December 30th, 2018 
Products containing processed asbestos  Prohibited* 
Consumer Products  Content exceeding limit** 
* Unless these fibers are processed by the results of asbestos degradation in the integration of products, buildings or infrastructure
** Official guidelines have been finalized and will be made available to stakeholders in the future 
                                                                                   

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