The federal government plans to announce a comprehensive ban on asbestos in Canada next week, CBC News has learned.
The country currently allows imports of construction products and automotive parts that contain the toxic fibre, even though Canada no longer exports the material.
Asbestos is known to cause deadly cancers and lung diseases, and has already been banned in Europe, Australia and Japan. The World Health Organization recommends replacing asbestos with safer substitutes.
Canadian labour and public health groups have been calling for a comprehensive ban for years.
About 2,000 Canadians die of asbestos-related diseases every year — many of those deaths have been linked to asbestos exposure in the workplace.
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