Information on chemical substances for individuals and families

Learn about chemicals, your health, the environment, and how you can take action to reduce risks to you and your family. Topics on this page include:

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Chemicals at a Glance

The Chemical Substance Public Summaries are short fact sheets about chemicals that are being assessed or have been assessed for potential risks to human health and the environment.

Consumer Products

Health Canada helps protect the Canadian public by researching, assessing and collaborating in the management of the health risks and safety hazards associated with the many consumer products that Canadians use every day.

Food and Chemicals

Health Canada scientists are responsible for the assessment of risks to human health from exposure to food-borne chemical contaminants. They undertake regular surveillance to monitor the levels of contaminants in foods and estimate the exposure of Canadians to these contaminants. Health Canada scientists also conduct research and evaluate scientific data in order to better understand the effects that chemicals can have on the human body.

Healthy Living

Find out how to take simple steps to reduce exposure to common health risks that may be present in your home environment. Stay informed about positive health practices within your environment to improve your overall health and sense of well-being.

Pesticides and Pest Management

Health Canada helps protect the Canadian public by conducting scientific evaluations of pesticides to determine if they can be used safely and pose no harm to human health, future generations and the environment.

Health Canada also promotes various methods to effectively control pests and prevent infestations. When using a pesticide, be sure to read the label and follow use instructions.

Pollutants in the Environment

You can make a difference for the environment. Find out about pollutant releases and transfers near you. Green your home, workplace, school and community or get involved with stewardships projects like clean-ups or monitoring programs.

Public Consultations

You can comment on risk assessment and risk management documents that are released through the Chemicals Management Plan and The Government of Canada "Challenge" for chemical substances that are a high priority for action.

Vulnerable Populations

Vulnerable populations are people who are more at risk from harmful substances than others. For example children are more vulnerable than adults to contaminants found in the environment.

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