The Issue

Triclosan is used as an antimicrobial agent in a wide variety of consumer products in Canada. It is often found in personal care and cleaning products – antibacterial soaps, skin cleansers, toothpaste, and general purpose cleaners and detergents are just a few places you can find this chemical.

Unfortunately, it has been recognized as toxic to aquatic organisms. Studies have shown that it can produce a reduction in growth, reproduction and survival to aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates, and terrestrial organisms including plants. It is also known to lead to more hazardous chemicals like methyl-triclosan during the wastewater treatment process.

We have taken steps to address this issue. In December 2016, the government published a proposed Order to add triclosan to the List of Toxic Substances. This enables the government to introduce measures to manage risks from triclosan.  The government has proposed to limit the amount of triclosan that ends up in Canadian waters.

How Are We Helping?

Ottawa Riverkeeper was a key player in having triclosan declared a toxic substance in Canada. We are currently urging the government to ban the chemical altogether and have submitted our joint comments with CELA on the government’s pollution plan for the chemical. We have also launched a pledge campaign against toxic triclosan.

Take Action

Pledge to take action on toxic triclosan today. Together, we can reach the highest protection for our water and aquatic ecosystems.

Our Resources

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