Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer for people who live in a non-smoking household. Radon contributes to around 3,000 deaths from lung cancer in Canada each year. Radon is in your home and the only way to know the radon level in your home is to test for it.
The National Building Code of Canada introduced radon control measures for the construction of new low-rise housing. These measures include installing a sealed radon barrier above a gravel layer and below the concrete slab. A capped pipe stub is extended through the slab into the gravel layer. If required, this allows for an easier installation of a future radon mitigation system. In Nova Scotia, these radon control measures became effective in June 2011.
Health Canada is looking for residents to participate in a radon survey. Residents must live in the Halifax Regional Municipality in housing built after the year 2000. The survey will help determine if current radon measures in the National Building Code are effective.
The survey will occur from September 2021 to September 2022 according to the following general timeline:
- September 2021 to October 2021: Recruitment, screening and confirmation of survey participants
- October 2021 to March 2022: Radon testing for participant homes
- April 2022 to September 2022: Radon results provided to participants and survey wrap-up
If you are eligible and selected as a participant in this survey, you will receive the following:
- A free long-term radon test kit. Each kit will include instructions for placement of the radon test in your home, information and a pre-paid envelope for mailing it back to Health Canada for analysis.
- Communication and support about radon and this testing survey from local and national Health Canada staff throughout the survey period.
- A radon test result for your home.
To participate in the survey, you must meet the following criteria:
- You are a resident living in a detached home, a semi-detached home, or a row house.
- You live in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM).
- Your house was built after the year 2000.
- You expect to reside at your current address until April 2022.
- Major renovations to your residence are not planned from October 2021 to April 2022.
- You agree to share your radon results and other information about your house with Health Canada. Private contact information will not be shared or published.
Ready to begin?
First name: Sally
Last name: Thompson
Address line 1 (Home): 35 Braco St
Address line 2 (Home) [optional]:
Town/City (Home): Halifax
Province/Territory (Home): NS
Postal Code (Home): A1K 2C7
Mail address [optional, complete only if different from above]
Address line 1 (Mail):
Address line 2 (Mail) [optional]:
Postal Code (Mail):
Year home was built: 2009
Building type (eg. detached, semi-detached, etc): detached
Preferred language: English
For more information about the HRM Radon Survey, please contact Roshini Kassie, Regional Radon Specialist at email@example.com or 902-483-9062.
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