British Columbia will soon be the first jurisdiction in Canada to implement a licensing requirement for asbestos abatement contractors.
The Labour Ministry says workers must be licensed by Jan. 1.
This comes following changes to the Workers Compensation Act last year, requiring that contractors who remove the cancer-causing material use only trained and certified workers.
The ministry says required training for worker certification is scheduled to begin this summer.
It says WorkSafeBC will begin to accept applications from contractors performing asbestos abatement work by September.
The ministry says the registry of those who are able to preform the work will be published by the end of the year.
"Bringing in stricter laws and controls around asbestos abatement work is essential for protecting people and the environment from the dangers of asbestos," the ministry said in a news release Friday.