Important Notice: Update on the Federal Ban on Asbestos and Products Containing Asbestos

On December 17, 2016,  a mandatory survey notice was published in the Canada Gazette (the official newspaper of the Government of Canada).  The notice required industry to submit information on the manufacturing, import, export, and use of asbestos and products containing asbestos. The survey was intended to provide government with information from industry on the quantity of asbestos and products containing asbestos in Canada, product types that contain asbestos and the number and size of companies that would be impacted by the proposed regulations.

This notice was shared by AIA on December 21, 2017 on different channels of communications including website, newsletter, social media, and mass media.

Information collected by the government in response to the mandatory survey contributed to the development of the just released proposed regulatory framework to prohibit all future activities respecting asbestos and products containing asbestos.

The public has until June 4, 2017 to comment on the proposed regulatory approach. Comments received will contribute to the further development/ refinement of the proposed regulatory approach.

It is important that stakeholders, who might be impacted by the ban, submit comments. This will help to ensure that the regulatory approach to be implemented will take into account the interests and needs of the aftermarket sector.

A number of areas have been identified where further information is needed:

***** Products that contain asbestos include, but are not limited to:

  • car and truck brake pads

  • vehicle transmission components, such as clutches

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Erin Chreptyk (Government Relations, AIA) at We are able to connect you with the right people at Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Consultation on the Proposed Regulatory Approach to Prohibit Asbestos and Asbestos Containing Products:

Environment and Climate Change Canada, Asbestos, Webpage: