Canada takes stronger stance on chemical weapons control

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne, has announced that Canada is taking a stronger stance on controlling dangerous chemicals as a member of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Specifically, Canada is proposing that four new classes of controlled chemicals must be subject to declaration and verification under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and is introducing legislation to ensure that Canada’s implementation of the CWC is constantly up to date.

These actions are a response to two chemical weapons attacks in the United Kingdom: the March 2018 attacks on Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and the death of Dawn Sturgess in July of 2018.

Press release- Global Affairs Canada