Canada's asbestos legacy at home and abroad

Int J Occup Environ Health. 2007 Apr-Jun;13(2):236-43. doi: 10.1179/oeh.2007.13.2.236.


Despite international efforts to block Canada's export of asbestos, the Canadian federal government continues to defend the economic interests of the asbestos industry. Ironically, Canadian asbestos miners, mill workers, and those engaged in a wide range of other occupations continue to suffer asbestos-related disease and premature death. Although there is an employer-funded compensation system in each province, many workers with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases remain uncompensated. The export of Canadian asbestos to developing countries sets the stage for another preventable occupational disease epidemic that will manifest over the coming decades. There is growing support from the Canadian labor movement for an end to asbestos exportation and for a just transition strategy for the asbestos workers and their communities.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants / toxicity
  • Asbestos / economics*
  • Asbestos / toxicity*
  • Canada
  • Commerce
  • Developing Countries
  • Environmental Exposure / adverse effects
  • Extraction and Processing Industry / economics*
  • Extraction and Processing Industry / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Inhalation Exposure / adverse effects
  • International Cooperation
  • Labor Unions
  • Lung Neoplasms / chemically induced*
  • Lung Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Mesothelioma / epidemiology*


  • Air Pollutants
  • Asbestos