July 10, 2007
Federal government launches world’s first Air Quality Health Index Program
Toronto, Ontario – The federal government has announced a $30 million investment to establish the world’s first National Air Quality Health Index, and to expand the Air Quality Forecast Program to support the new initiative.
The announcement was made in Toronto, where an 18-month Air Quality Health Index pilot was launched. The pilot will serve as the model for the national program’s development.
The index, found at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca, communicates the health risks associated with the mix of air pollutants in the air, and provides protective health advice to reduce the risk. The Toronto pilot project builds on successful pilots in Nova Scotia and British Columbia; over the coming years, Environment Canada will improve its air quality forecasting capacity across the country.