OTTAWA—The federal government is moving to ban all products containing asbestos by 2018.
The comprehensive ban is designed to include construction materials and brake pads that currently use the cancer-causing agent.
Even minute amounts of asbestos fibres can cause lung cancer or deadly mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer.
Thousands of Canadians continue to suffer from the long-term impacts stemming from decades of heavy use of the mineral.
Canada closed its last asbestos mines half a decade ago—leading communities once reliant on the mineral, such as Asbestos, Que. to forge a new identity.
Despite the closure, however, the country continued to obstruct international efforts to list it as a hazardous substance. Science Minister Kirsty Duncan says that stance will change in the next Rotterdam Convention.