Canadian 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 is a registered charity dedicated to raise awareness and understanding about mesothelioma in Canada. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is almost exclusively linked to asbestos exposure.

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.

The Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation was founded to serve three broad groups of people:

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

Patients, friends and families

The CMF was founded by people whose lives have been personally affected by mesothelioma, and as such is mandated to act as an advocate for mesothelioma patients on multiple issues related to the disease. The CMF furthers the standards of mesothelioma treatment in Canada, provides information regarding treatment options, and lays the groundwork for a nationwide support network for patients, connecting patients with already existing support networks in Canada, as well as with centres with specific expertise in mesothelioma in the United States.

Health professionals

The CMF is providing a professional support network for health professionals who deal with mesothelioma, providing crucial information to primary care specialists who may encounter mesothelioma in their practice. In addition, the CMF is initiating and expanding already existing programs in tertiary care that pertain specifically to treatment of mesothelioma. The CMF welcomes the participation of oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, and other Canadian health professionals who have an interest in mesothelioma and see many cases in their practice. The CMF works to organize a cohesive, nationwide network of health professionals who treat mesothelioma as well as to raise funds to support clinical and scientific research in the field.

People engaged in advocacy, policy and work related to mesothelioma and asbestos

The CMF is also mandated to act as a resource for anyone working with asbestos and having to deal with the related health consequences. This includes labour unions whose workers are exposed to asbestos, legislators concerned with passing laws regarding asbestos mining and export, and a multitude of other professionals who are affected by asbestos and mesothelioma in their work.

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.

The Mission

Asbestos was widely mined and used in the building trades in Canada until the 1980’s and is now recognized as a dangerous carcinogen known to cause potentially lethal occupational illnesses in people up to 40 years after exposure. CanSAV is committed to providing community outreach education programs that includes professional services, government agencies and impacted families. The intention is to create positive change and better serve Canadians living with these diseases.

The Vision

Tehy are a community of families and informed professionals committed to helping one another and affect positive change on the issue of asbestos across our national governances.

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

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Occupational Cancer Research Centre

Occupational cancer research centre – The 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.

Who are the people at

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.

Why do we need

Most Canadians want our federal government to advance human rights, social justice, democracy and environmental sustainability. Canadians recognize that this is the only effective way to truly build peace in the world.

We are proud of Canada’s leadership in bringing about the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Treaty to Ban Land Mines and the International Criminal Court.
But today our federal government is taking decisions that too often, harm human rights, democracy and the environment. Instead of being a human rights leader, Canada is becoming a human rights saboteur.

And, very often, the government is taking these harmful decisions with NO public or parliamentary debate.

How can we pressure other countries to respect democracy, human rights and international law, if we fail to do so ourselves?

It’s time for citizen action. It’s time to challenge these destructive policies that are being enacted in our name, and demand that our government put the well being of people and the planet first.

Rideau Institute

Kathleen Ruff

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