By Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Canada is moving to ban all products containing asbestos by 2018.

The comprehensive ban will include construction materials and brake pads that currently use the cancer-causing agent.

Canada closed its last asbestos mines a decade ago, but had obstructed international efforts to list it as a hazardous substance.



Science Minister Kirsty Duncan said Thursday that stance will change in the next Rotterdam Convention, an international treaty involving more than 150 countries that support listing asbestos as a hazard.

Asbestos was declared a human carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in 1987.

Health Minister Jane Philpott says asbestos-related cancers continue to hurt Canadian families.

The government says there are no significant health risks if materials containing asbestos in homes are tightly bound and left undisturbed.

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