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Chemical Substances Can Affect Your Health

By David Windrim

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Some chemical substances used or released from business and individual activities can have a harmful effect on our health and our environment.

Toronto Public Health has identified 25 priority substances (view the list at: www.toronto.ca/health/chemtrac/substances.htm) that are in Toronto's environment at levels that are of concern for health. Evidence links these chemicals to short-term health effects like respiratory problems, and longer-term impacts such as cancer.

ChemTRAC was formed to reduce chemicals in our local environment by:

Beginning in 2012 chemical data about businesses in your neighbourhood will be available on the ChemTRAC website.

With this information, you can:

ChemTRAC is the first program of its kind in Canada that will provide local-level information on small and mediumsized businesses in your neighbourhood. Currently you can find information on the chemicals that larger businesses are releasing into our environment: