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 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.

This bill was previously introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session.


Peter Julian  NDP

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


Introduced, as of Oct. 16, 2013
(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 its packaging.


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Toxic Substances Labelling ActRoutine Proceedings

March 14th, 2012 / 3:10 p.m.
See context


Peter Julian NDP Burnaby—New Westminster, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-408, An Act to ensure that warning labels are affixed to products containing toxic substances.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Jeanne-Le Ber for seconding this bill.

The act, in ensuring that warning labels are affixed to products containing toxic substances, ensures that when Canadian families are buying products containing toxic substances they know what kinds of toxic substances are in those products. We would think that would be a very simple proposition. Of course many other countries, including European ones and the United States, have already adopted this type of legislation, but in Canada we do not have this protection for Canadian families.

The bill takes very simple lists of toxic substances established by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment of the California EPA, the United States' National Toxicology Program, and the European Chemicals Agency and ensures that these substances are put on the labels of products available in Canada.

It is very simple. It is a fact. Canadians have the right to know when toxic ingredients are in the products they buy.

I would like to conclude by saying that both Toxic Free Canada and Option consommateurs in Quebec have endorsed this particular bill.

We hope it will get support from both sides of the House so that Canadians will finally know what substances are in the products they buy.

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