Call for submissions – Country visit by the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxics wastes to Canada (24 May to 6 June 2019)


The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes (toxics), Baskut Tuncak, will conduct an official country visit to Canada from 24 May to 6 June 2019, at the invitation of the government. The Special Rapporteur is an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council. He regularly undertakes country visits to assess the situation of human rights at the national level in the context of hazardous substances and wastes.

Call for submissions

The Special Rapporteur would like to invite all interested individuals and organizations in Canada, including civil society organizations, activists, and academics, to submit information that they consider relevant in preparation of this visit, such as:

  • Recent information, analytical reports and proposals on human rights and exposure to toxic substances and wastes in Canada, including on pollution, contamination, occupational diseases linked to toxic exposures, toxic consumer products, and other sources of exposure to hazardous substances and wastes. Anticipated areas of focus include health impacts of extractive industries, the chemical industry and other industrial facilities, transportation-related emissions (including oil/gas pipelines and vehicles), and agriculture. In addition to the cases within Canada, the Special Rapporteur is also interested in cases concerning activities of Canadian businesses operating abroad.
  • Information on progress and challenges for the exercise of the right to life, to health, and to information, and the rights of the child, indigenous peoples, workers, and migrants, in relation to toxic exposures.
  • Priority environmental and/or occupational concerns that deserve the attention of the Special Rapporteur, including circumstances involving toxic exposures of children, indigenous peoples, workers, low income communities, and other groups at high risk, as well as specific industries or sectors.
  • Information on policies, programs and legal frameworks on human rights and toxics.
  • Contact information for organizations and representatives of civil society who wish to meet with the Special Rapporteur.


  • Please send the information by 15 April 2019 to The information may be sent in English or French and must not be longer than 10 pages.
  • For relevant reports, please provide a link to the document if available online, or attach if not available online.
  • Please indicate “SR Toxics Visit to Canada 2019” in the email header.


All input will be treated confidentially by the Special Rapporteur for the sole purpose of preparing for the country visit. If you would like your written submission to be published on the website of the Special Rapporteur, please explicitly indicate this in your submission.

Useful contacts and links

The Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxics thanks you for your submission.