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The creation of the National Asbestos Observatory (ONA) is a measure provided for in the 2022-2025 Action Plan – “Asbestos and asbestos mining tailings in Quebec: towards the transformation of a liability into a sustainable asset”.

This action plan from the Government of Quebec was developed in response to the recommendations made by the Bureau d’audiences publique sur l’environnement (BAPE) in the investigation and public hearing report No. 351 – The inventory and management of asbestos and asbestos mining residues.


The ONA was established to coordinate research on the impacts of the presence and handling of asbestos mine tailings and other asbestos-containing products on air quality, the environment, the health of populations and workers, and the quality of life of communities.

The ONA's mandate includes:

  • Determining best practices
  • Scientific monitoring
  • Acting as an ambassador for Québec on the international scene
  • Supporting the economic transition of the former asbestos-producing regions of northern and southern Quebec


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