The small town of Asbestos in Quebec, Canada, has decided to change its name next year because it considers its town’s name “unlucky” and hampers local economic development. The town hopes to rebrand itself by changing its name to get rid of its connection to toxic substances. According to Fox News, the town of Asbestos, which has 7,000 residents and once owned the world’s largest asbestos mine, has been known for more than a century for chrysotile production from open-pit mines.
However, with the discovery of the dangers of asbestos, many countries have opted for a total ban on the use of hazardous substances, and Canada banned the export, sale and use of asbestos last year. The town’s asbestos open-pit mine closed in 2012 and more than 2,000 people lost their jobs. In addition, asbestos town lost external investment at one point due to its close connection to “asbestos”.
The town’s officials announced the town’s decision to change its name on Wednesday (27). Mayor Hugues Grimard said the name “asbestos town” was indeed a sign of economic growth, telling cbc: “People have a really bad view of asbestos. Because of this name, some companies are reluctant to invest in our factory. Mayor Grimal added that on a recent trip to Ohio, investors directly refused to accept his business card, so the city council justified the name-calling announcement.
It is reported that the town’s new name will be announced next year, the relevant departments said that the name change will take full account of the area’s historical and cultural heritage, and with the local residents to make a joint resolution. It is estimated that the renaming process will cost about $100,000.