Health Canada recognizes that a clean environment is key to maintaining and improving the health of Canadians. However, a history of commercial, industrial, residential, and military activity has resulted in contaminated sites across Canada.
A contaminated site is "one at which substances occur at concentrations:
Under the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan, Health Canada is an Expert Support Department which means that it provides guidance, training and advice on human health risk assessment and public involvement to other federal departments.
Other Expert Support Departments include: Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Public Works and Government Services Canada.
As an expert support department, Health Canada's Contaminated Sites Division is responsible for:
Please contact Health Canada's Contaminated Sites Division with any questions regarding human health risk assessment or public involvement related to federal contaminated sites.