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Get toxics out of cosmetics and other personal care products

From washing your face to applying serum for a youthful complexion, our daily skincare routine may involve using as many as 16 personal care products. This means that we may be exposed to 100s of chemicals every day, many of which are harmful to our health and the environment.

And it doesn’t just end there. Fragrance ingredients aren’t even required to be labelled on products, leaving you in the dark about the multitude of allergens and hormone-disrupting ingredients like phthalates that might be absorbed into your body. 

The federal government's long overdue draft Bill C-28 to reform Canada's toxics legislation, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), proposes to: 

  • provide all Canadians with the right to a healthy environment,
  • protect vulnerable communities such as nail salon workers and racialized women who are often marketed highly toxic products like hair relaxers and skin whitening creams,
  • address cumulative effects to toxics on our bodies.

Bill C-28 is a good first step, but it needs to be improved and strengthened to remove any loopholes. But the clock is ticking. If the government does not move Bill C-28 forward promptly, with necessary improvements, we may not see effective protection from toxics for several more years.

Tell the federal government to keep its promise and update CEPA this year.




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The Honourable
Minister of Environment and Climate Change