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Canada – Policy Recommendations On Cell Phones, Wireless Radiation & Health

May 10, 2017


Health Canada offers Practical Advice on reducing exposure to wireless radiation

  1. Limit the length of cell phone calls
  2. Replace cell phone calls with text, use “hands-free” devices
  3. Encourage children under the age of 18 to limit their cell phone usage.

2015 Canadian Parliament Standing Committee on Health of the House of Commons Report: “Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation and the Health of Canadians”

  • Original Report
  • They made 12 recommendations including an awareness campaign on reducing exposures, improved information collecting and policy measures regarding the marketing of radiation emitting devices to children under the age of 14, “in order to ensure they are aware of the health risks and how they can be avoided.”

2015 National Bill C-648 was Introduced into the House Of Commons

  • An Act Respecting the Prevention of Potential Health Risks From Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation” would require manufacturers of all wireless devices to place specific health warning labels clearly on  packaging, or face daily penalties /fines and/or imprisonment. Although the Bill did not pass, it made headlines.Press Conference for
  • Bill C-648 Video.
  • Canadians For Safe Technology Press Section Website

Canadian Pediatric Association issued a Position Statement Recommending no Screen-based Activities for Children under Two 

Toronto’s 2008 “Prudent Avoidance Policy for Cell Towers”

  • Toronto’s current PA policy was adopted by the Board of Health and City Council in 2008. The Policy was  first recommended by the Medical Officer of Health and adopted by the Board of Health in 1999 as a precautionary approach.
  • This policy recommended that levels of exposures to radiofrequency (RF) for the general public be kept 100 times below Health Canada’s guidelines. Read Factsheet on Policy