Government of Canada

Government of Canada

June 04, 2009 09:48 ET

Manitobans Now Have Access to the Air Quality Health Index

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 4, 2009) - Manitobans living in the Winnipeg area can now use a new health tool that will help protect them and their families against the harmful impacts of air pollution.

The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) provides Canadians with a personal health protection tool that allows them to better understand the quality of the air they breathe.

"I am pleased that the Government of Manitoba is adopting the Air Quality Health Index, the world's first health-based air quality communications tool," said the Honourable Vic Toews, Regional Minister for Manitoba. "This index allows Manitobans to take steps to protect themselves from the negative effects of air pollution."

The AQHI provides current and forecast information to Canadians about the quality of the air they are breathing.

"Manitoba has good air quality, but it's important for people to have information they can use to make decisions about their health," said Stan Struthers, Minister of Conservation for Manitoba. "We're pleased to partner with the federal government to launch this new service in Winnipeg."

Reduction of air pollution is the key component to keeping Canada's air clean. Vehicle emissions remain a major contributor of greenhouse gases and air pollution. To address this issue, the Government of Canada will establish stringent regulated standards to limit tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions. We will also be moving forward with regulations to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from everyday consumer products, such as paint. In addition, through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government is investing $10 million to improve annual reporting on key environmental indicators such as clean air, clean water and greenhouse gas emissions.

The AQHI is the result of a strong partnership between the Government of Canada, provincial and municipal governments, and key stakeholder groups. The AQHI has already become a useful guide for thousands of Canadians that suffer from heart conditions, asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

The AQHI can be found online at www.airhealth.ca or www.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca.

For information about the Manitoba Lung Association you may call
Toll Free: 1-888-566-5864 or visit www.mb.lung.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