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July 11, 2000

Government of Canada invests $13.5 million towards research projects on toxic substances

  • Health Minister Allan Rock and Parliamentary Secretary Paddy Torsney today announced the investment of $13.5 million towards the Toxic Substances Research Initiative (TSRI) during the 2000-2001 fiscal year. Projects funded through the initiative involve collaborative partnerships between government, industry, academia, and non-governmental researchers across the country.

  • A total of 97 research projects have been approved. Each of the projects is carried out within one of the TSRI’s five priority research areas: urban air quality and human exposure to airborne pollutants; cumulative effects of toxic substances; endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs); persistent organic pollutants; and specific forms of metals in the environment.

Examples of new or ongoing projects being funded by the TSRI in Ontario include:

  • A one-year study to determine if ozone air pollution affects the health of children and adolescents with asthma.

  • A three-year study of airborne pollutants and hospital admission rates in Canadian cities to identify the types of air pollution affecting the health of at-risk populations such as children.

Source: Environment Canada