On December 15, 2016, the federal government announced its intention to move forward with plans to manage asbestos. This will be accomplished through the development of additional regulatory measures. AIA Canada has been continuously advocating for a ban on the importing of vehicle parts that contain asbestos. Worker safety is always a priority for our association and our members, and we are glad to see the Canadian government working towards an asbestos-free automotive industry.
To ensure that these additional regulatory measures are based on the best information available, some stakeholders, including those that manufacture, import and use asbestos, are required to submit reports to Environment and Climate Change Canada by 3pm EST on January 18, 2017.
The information collected from these mandatory reports will:
- Inform government on the manufacture, import, export and use of asbestos and products containing asbestos for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 calendar years.
- Gather socio-economic information from companies, including the size of companies involved (number of employees and revenue), the availability of alternatives to asbestos and whether a phase out strategy is in place or in consideration.
- Help to inform the cost-benefit analysis of any future regulatory instrument.
AIA Canada recognizes the complexity of understanding the reporting requirements and has reached out to Environment and Climate Change Canada for further clarification. Please review the following information to determine if you are required to submit a report:
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