Government of Canada

Government of Canada

June 03, 2009 09:00 ET

Canada Celebrates Clean Air Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 3, 2009) - Canada's Environment Minister Jim Prentice and Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, today delivered a Clean Air Day message, highlighting measures being taken by the Government of Canada to report on air quality and to support clean air.

"The Government of Canada is committed to monitoring and communicating the quality of air to Canadians" said Minister Prentice. "Today, we are proud to celebrate 40 years of National Air Pollution Surveillance (NAPS) program success in providing accurate current and long-term air quality data information across Canada. At the same time, we celebrate the expansion of the Air Quality Health Index in Manitoba and British Columbia."

The Air Quality Health Index uses the data from NAPS to provide Canadians with the tools they need to better understand the quality of the air they breathe and information on what they can do to reduce harmful health impacts. Forecasts are now delivered in 40 locations across Canada in partnership with provincial and municipal governments.

"Canadians are becoming increasingly aware of the effects that poor air quality can have on their health," said Minister Aglukkaq. "I am pleased to see the Air Quality Health Index expanding throughout Canada and encourage Canadians to take advantage of this great health tool."

The Government of Canada is taking concrete action to support clean air by establishing stringent regulated standards to limit tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions from light-duty vehicles. We will also move forward with regulations to reduce volatile organic compound emissions from everyday consumer products, such as paint. Additionally, the Government is meeting with its counterparts to build national, continental and international strategies leading to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, in December 2009.

Air Quality Health Index is available at www.airhealth.ca and www.weatheroffice.gc.ca. Environment Week Community Calendar is available at www.ec.gc.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    819-997-1441
    or
    Environment Canada
    Media Relations
    819-934-8008
    1-888-908-8008
    www.ec.gc.ca
    or
    Office of the Minister of Health
    Josee Bellemare
    Press Secretary
    613-957-0200
    or
    Health Canada
    Media Relations
    613-957-2983