Toxic Substances Labelling Act

An Act to ensure that warning labels are affixed to products containing toxic substances

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.


Peter Julian  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of March 11, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment prohibits the sale, importation or advertisement of any product that contains a toxic substance or produces a toxic substance when used unless that product has applied to it a label warning of the potential exposure to the toxic substance on one or more surfaces of the packaging of the product.


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Toxic Substances Labelling ActRoutine Proceedings

March 11th, 2009 / 3:20 p.m.
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Peter Julian NDP Burnaby—New Westminster, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-338, An Act to ensure that warning labels are affixed to products containing toxic substances.

Mr. Speaker, this bill was developed with the participation of Toxic-free Canada and Option consommateurs du Quebec in putting forward this right to know legislation, which is fundamentally important.

We have product labelling in the case of poisonous and some other dangerous products but we do not have consumer product labelling that would ensure that consumers know what kind of toxic content is present in the products they buy.

We firmly believe that the consumer has a right to know, which is why we offer this legislation. The consumers' right to know whether or not they are buying a product that contains a toxic substances is paramount, which is why we are supporting the consumers' right to know.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)