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On January 6, 2018, Canada published two proposals designed to strengthen the regulations regarding asbestos. These proposals are:

  • Prohibition of Asbestos and Asbestos Products Regulations
  • Order amending Schedule 3 to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

In essence, the proposals will place a blanket ban on the use of asbestos in Canada, with a few exemptions.

The proposed prohibition includes many forms of asbestos, such as actinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, chrysotile, crocidolite and tremolite. It also covers:

  • Asbestos
  • Products containing asbestos
  • Products that may accidentally contain asbestos.

Currently, asbestos is regulated via several Acts and Regulations, including:

  • The Asbestos Products Regulations (SOR/2016-164) under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) – prohibits asbestos in a limited number of specific consumer products and governs the type and format of statements
  • The Asbestos Mines and Mills Release Regulations (SOR/90-341) under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) - restricts the concentration of asbestos fibers in gases emitted into ambient air in asbestos mills and mines
  • The Export of Substances on the Export Control List of Regulations (SOR/2013-88) under CEPA – governs the export of crocidolite in Part 2 of the Export Control List in Schedule 3 to CEPA


Stakeholders have until March 22, 2018, to comment on the proposals. These will then be considered during the development of the final regulations, which are expected in the fall of 2018. The prohibitions will become effective 90-days after registration, probably in early 2019.

Stakeholders should now ensure their products comply with the latest Canadian regulations concerning asbestos.

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