Canadian asbestos and mesothelioma organizations

This section provides a listing of organizations in Canada that provide information and resources regarding asbestos and mesothelioma.

Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation

Founded in 2008, the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation (CMF) is a registered charity dedicated to promoting understanding of mesothelioma-related issues, and to serving three broad groups of people:

  • Patients and their families.
  • Healthcare professionals.
  • Those concerned with the policy and advocacy around mesothelioma and asbestos.

The aim of the CMF is to both initiate and foster a support network for patients with mesothelioma and their families, and to support the development of a community of health professionals in the field of mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment and care across Canada.

4302 – 50 Yorkville Avenue
Toronto, ON M4W 0A3
Cell: 416-417-5544
Fax: 416-932-8732

Canadian Society of Asbestos Victims

The Canadian Society for Asbestos Victims (CanSAV) is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, advocacy, facilitation, and education to serve Canadians families impacted by asbestos-related diseases.

As these diseases are life-altering, occupational diseases, CanSAV recognizes the need to accelerate access to health and compensation services through shared, community resources. They encourage impacted families to seek entitlements within existing health and compensation systems and facilitate a toll free service for support.

Toll Free Support Line: 1-877-922-6728

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AREA Fund (Asbestos Related Research, Education & Advocacy Fund) is an endowment fund within the Vancouver Foundation, established in 2010 in memory of Dave Ford, who died of mesothelioma. They raise funds for asbestos-related research, education and advocacy projects, and to raise awareness of the devastating effects of asbestos use.


Occupational Cancer Research Centre

The Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) works to fill the gaps in the knowledge of occupation-related cancers and uses those findings to inform preventive programs to control workplace carcinogenic (cancer-causing) exposures and improve the health of workers.

Occupational Cancer Research Centre
Cancer Care Ontario
525 University Avenue, 3rd Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2L3

Telephone: 416-217-1849
Fax: 416-971-6888

RightOnCanada is an internet and public advocacy campaign of the Rideau Institute to put human rights back on Canada’s political agenda. provides valuable information and advocacy tools that support citizen action.

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The founder and co-ordinator of is Kathleen Ruff, a long-time human rights activist and board member of the Rideau Institute. Kathleen is a former director of the Court Challenges Program and a former director of the BC Human Rights Commission. She was the founding editor and publisher of the Canadian Human Rights Reporter and host of the CBC TV program Ombudsman. She is presently one of the international coordinators of the Rotterdam Convention Alliance, which represents environmental and health organizations around the world that are working to defend and promote the Rotterdam Convention. She is founder of and Senior Advisor on Human Rights to the Rideau Institute. Kathleen received the Canadian Public Health Association’s National Public Health Hero Award in 2011 for her advocacy to end Canada’s export of asbestos.

Rideau Institute

Kathleen Ruff

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