The BC govt is considering more regulations on the identification and abatement of asbestos including licensing of abatement contractors and consultants, certification of workers and testing labs.

They are also considering an incentive program for asbestos removal. VRBA launched advocacy for an incentive program/tax credit/rebate years ago because:

1. There are no regulations for removal of asbestos for homeowners, exposing families to risk. An incentive program/tax credit/rebate would encourage homeowners to hire professionals;

2. Govts have some responsibility for the asbestos issue. In the 1970’s and 80’s, the federal govt helped install asbestos in homes through the Canadian Home Insulation Program (CHIP) offering grants for asbestos insulation such as Zonolite.  

Homeowners across Canada contacted us supporting an asbestos removal incentive program.

If you have an interest in addressing this issue, provide your feedback to by Feb 15, 2019.

The BC govt’s asbestos announcement is here:

Reference to an incentive program is #11 on page 6 in the Executive Summary of the report here: