No OEM currently uses asbestos brake pads. However, some overseas aftermarket manufacturer still use the material.

Ottawa, Ontario -- May 10, 2017 -- The federal government has pledged to ban asbestos and asbestos-containing products by 2018. The comprehensive ban will include new regulations that ban the manufacture, use, import and export of asbestos and establish new federal workplace health and safety rules that will drastically limit the risk of people coming into contact with asbestos on the job.

While no OEM currently uses asbestos brake pads, for example, automotive recyclers are at risk of coming into contact with the substance while disassembling some vehicles. As well, some overseas aftermarket manufacturers still use the material. 

A proposed regulatory framework to prohibit all future activities respecting asbestos and products containing asbestos has recently been released. Industry stakeholders are asked to comment on the proposed regulations.

Members of the public have until June 4, 2017 to comment on the proposed regulatory approach. Comments received will contribute to the further development and refinement of the proposed regulatory approach.

Comments may be submitted by mail or via email to For more information on the proposed regulations and the commenting process, please click here.


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