The Canadian Soundscape

Current Canadian Noise Legislation & By-laws

The current crisis is primarily caused by the fact that here are no regulations, organizations or professions protecting us from damaging sound inside our public and personal spaces.  Read more about current Canadian noise legislation and by-laws.

The Role that Businesses Play

High levels of sound are profitable for some kinds of business, and many are prepared to protect the right to profit over health and well-being. A Bill was introduced in the Parliament of Canada 20 years ago that would have enabled municipalities to regulate vehicle speeds and noise on their local lakes. A consortium of manufacturers of personal watercraft successfully lobbied to stop the Bill. Read more about the damage wrought on our hearing by businesses seeking to increase profits through noise.

The Cost to Canadians

Hearing loss is the fastest growing, and one of the most prevalent, chronic conditions facing Canadians today. The Hearing Foundation of Canada estimates this epidemic could be costing Canada tens of billions of dollars. Read more about the true cost of hearing loss and impairment to Canadians and our economy.