Sandy Shaw MPP, Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas

Government of Ontario

Get the Lead Out

Protect our Children from Lead Exposure in Schools and Child Care Centres




WHEREAS lead has negative effects on health and brain development, these impacts can be lifelong, and they are more pronounced in young children; and

WHEREAS the Ontario government has adopted a guideline for lead which allows exposure to a level of lead twice as high as the safety guideline set by the federal government; and

WHEREAS within the past four years, nearly half of Ontario schools have had at least one test for lead in drinking water that exceeds the federal
safety guideline; and

WHEREAS Ontario schools are already struggling to address a $16.8 billion repair backlog because the Ford government does not provide sufficient
funding for urgently needed school repairs; and

WE, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to:

• Adopt the federal guidelines for lead exposure,
• Immediately create a lead remediation for Ontario schools with proper funding,
• Eliminate the school repair backlog by providing the necessary resources to fix our schools.

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