• Toxic Exposures are a Feminist Issue!

    Canadian Women against Toxic Substances

    Gender, biology and determinants of health, such as socio-economic status, employment, belonging to racialized groups and Indigenous communities, all play important roles affecting Canadian women’s health in relation to exposures to toxic substances. Canadian Women against Toxic Substances are concerned that the present-day laws which oversee the regulation and control of toxic substances do not adequately account for these factors, leaving women and the next generation vulnerable to a wide range of long-term negative health effects.

    The foundation of our environmental regulations - The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) - is currently under review by the federal government. A serious reform of this legislation is of vital importance to Canadian women, as workers, mothers, caregivers and for all the other essential roles they play in our communities and in all their diverse realities. It is a question of the most fundamental environmental health justice.

    Read further and see how exposure to toxic substances is a feminist issue. You may be surprised to learn among other things, that despite fundamental differences in biology between men and women, animal studies that too frequently relied on male-only models still dominate the scientific evidence.

    Click here to learn more

  • Spring into Summer

    For the third year, we are undertaking a Spring fundraising campaign.

    We are launching the SPRING INTO SUMMER campaign with a Zumbathon on Sunday June 10th. The classes are accessible to all women no matter how experienced or limited in their mobility. The classes can be done in a seated position. Throughout the week, you can make a donation by sending a virtual bouquet to your favorite breast cancer group.

    Click here for details.


    Over 80 groups have signed!

    Be part of the movement!

    Breast Cancer Action Quebec sent a declaration to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna on March 19, 2018. Read the declaration that was signed by more than 80 Quebec civil society groups.

    If you belong to a group that wants to add their name, get in touch with us as soon as possible at 514-483-1846 or info@acsqc.ca.

    If you are an individual who wants to be a part of this movement, click here to see the different actions you can take.


    The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) is the foundation of our environmental regulations and it’s presently under review by the federal government.

    Under the current legislation, Canadians are not protected from toxic substances, the exposure to which leads to thousands of premature deaths each year and millions of preventable diseases. The Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development was responsible for preparing a report to Parliament on proposed reforms and has produced an excellent report which we fully support.

    It is up to concerned individuals and groups like ours to put pressure on the government to take action on this report and move it forward by proposing amended legislation to Parliament.

    Read more on how to get involved.

  • Book a workshop

    Breast Cancer Action Quebec offers a range of educational workshops:

    • Prevention and Action Against Cancer and Toxicants (PACT)
    • Beast of Beauty
    • Chemical Detective
    • Breast Cancer and the Workplace
    • From Anger to Conformity: What has happened to a feminist analysis of breast cancer?

      We have a team of facilitators available to give them in schools, workplaces, community groups and faith-based groups. The length can be adapted to different circumstances. Call us if you are interested in one for your group.

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To find out how to sign on, contact us at 514-483-1846 or info@acsqc.ca

Quebec civil society takes a stand on the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) calling on the federal government to protect human health and the environment.

Over 70 Quebec groups have signed onto a Declaration that was sent to the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change on March 19 with a letter by Jennifer Beeman . This alliance represents a wide swath of Quebec citizens that goes far beyond the traditional environmental movement. They include among others, well-respected research centres and scientists, peri-natality groups, women’s and workers’ groups, shelters and groups that work against violence, collective kitchens, daycares, student, literacy and cultural groups.

The allied groups have committed to supporting the Declaration underscoring important elements of CEPA that need reform, and pressuring the government to follow the recommendations of their own report and bring in reformed legislation.

Read more on how to get involved

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) is the foundation of our environmental regulations and it’s currently under review by the federal government. Along with other environmental groups we have monitored this weak legislation for many years. It is in bad need of reform.

It is up to concerned individuals and groups like ours to put pressure on the government to take action.

Click here to read more and get involved.

Why We Need to Reform the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA)

As many of you know, our chemical regulatory system allows chemicals to go into production and circulation without proof of their safety. We are then required to fight a reactive battle, toxic substance by toxic substance, to prove their harm and get them out of circulation and out of our environment. In many cases, our exposure to toxic substances continues for decades after bans go into effect.

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BCAQc relies on membership dues and private donations to stay in operation. Membership entitles you to advance notice of seminars and workshops as well as a subscription to our electronic newsletter— BCAQc Connected.

A strong membership also helps to substantiate our financial applications for government grants and private foundations. Please consider joining us today!

For twenty five years — with your support — BCAQc has been working hard to get vital information about environmental and chemical links to breast cancer to the public, and we now know that our message is being heard.

We ask you to consider a financial gift to Breast Cancer Action Quebec to help us to continue to get this vital information to the public.

There are many ways you can be involved: volunteer, write a letter to the editor, book an educational workshop for your school, community group or work place.

Engage with us, follow us on social media, share your opinions and ideas – take BCAQc’s message to your community! Be a voice for a change!