Asbestos is a mineral that is hazardous to human health when it's disturbed and allowed to float freely in the air.
If you own a home in Thompson, it's possible there's still asbestos insulation in the home. This usually isn't a problem as long as it remains undisturbed and in good condition.
However it can present a hazard when undertaking construction or renovation of your home, and it does not take a lot of asbestos in the air to create a hazard, and simple acts like cutting or drilling asbestos-containing material can create a serious health hazard.
Suspected asbestos should always be assessed by a qualified inspector prior to construction. It should also only be handled or removed by a qualified and experienced contractor who knows how to contain the environment and control the risk.
There's more information available through the fact sheets below:
Asbestos Assessment and Abatement Best Practices - Environmental Abatement Council of Ontario
Frequently Asked Questions about Asbestos - Manitoba Workplace Health and Safety
Hazard Alert: Asbestos - Employment and Social Development Canada