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Ontario proposes much-needed radon reforms to Building Code

Feb 1, 2017

The Lung Association - Ontario and the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) are pleased to respond to your request for comment on the review and consultation of the Ontario Building Code.

With respect to radon, last June in response to the consultation paper “Proposals to Encourage Small Landlords to Provide Rental Housing” the Lung Association - Ontario and the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST) made a joint submission in support of including measures in the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) to protect Ontario tenants from the potential health-related impacts of radon. Likewise, CELA extended similar support in a separate submission. Our organizations commend the Ministry of Municipal Affairs on proposals to move forward to protect Ontario tenants from the dangers of radon.

We also applaud the Ministry of Municipal Affairs on moving forward with proposals to amend the Building Code to protect Ontarians from the hazards of radon. The Lung Association - Ontario and CELA strongly support the proposed changes to the Ontario Building Code pertaining to radon and applaud the government for responding to the 2014 Public Health Ontario report titled “Lung cancer risk from radon in Ontario, Canada: how many lung cancers can we prevent?” That report suggested that changes to the building code are the most effective method to prevent radon.


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