A CBC investigation has found four local federal government buildings contain asbestos in Thunder Bay.

They are:

  • Public Services and Procurement Canada at 130 Syndicate Ave.
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada at 33 Court St.
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada at 221 Archibald St N.
  • National Revenue Building at 201 May St N.

A total of 10 federal buildings in Sioux Lookout, one in Fort Frances and one in Kenora, were also found to have asbestos.

Twenty-four government agencies were contacted by CBC News in the research for a new project that maps federal government buildings that contain asbestos across Canada.

In April, asbestos use was banned in new construction of government buildings, but cleanup in existing buildings is handled on a case-by-case basis.

The ban came after a CBC investigation in February revealed that the product, which is linked to cancerous respiratory failure, was still being used.

Though asbestos in buildings is not necessarily dangerous, it becomes a problem when the fibre is disturbed.

No official registry of all buildings

The Canadian Labour Congress is among several national groups calling on Ottawa to create an official registry of all public buildings that contain asbestos.

That inventory would include schools, hospitals and banks as well as federal buildings.