Environment Canada

Environment Canada

March 31, 2009 15:19 ET

The Release of an Audit by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development on the Air Quality Health Index

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 31, 2009) - The Minister of the Environment, Jim Prentice, issued the following statement on the release of an audit by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development on the Air Quality Health Index:

"I thank the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development for his audit on the Air Quality Health Index. I am pleased to see this independent verification that the Government of Canada has made satisfactory progress to develop the index. This is an example of success through collaboration by Environment Canada and Health Canada using strong scientific research, and advice from provincial governments, municipalities and non-government organizations. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners who worked with us in making this a very successful and useful project.

The index provides real time information to Canadians about the quality of the air they're breathing so they can make informed choices about their health. It is an effective tool to help individuals understand the health risks posed by air pollution, and help Canadians take action to protect themselves and their families.

As part of the Government of Canada's commitment to taking action on clean air issues, the Air Quality Health Index has been successfully launched in a number of communities across Canada, with more pilot projects to follow in the coming months. In 2007, the Government of Canada invested $30 million over the course of four years to achieve these goals."

Minister Prentice also noted that Budget 2009 is further proof of the Government of Canada's commitment to protect the environment and the health of Canadians. Canada's Economic Action Plan includes new measures totaling almost $2.4 billion to support a cleaner, more sustainable environment. This includes $10 million in 2009-2010 to sustain the Government's annual reporting on environmental indicators such as the Air Quality Health Index.

Information about Canada's Air Quality Health Index is available at www.airhealth.ca and city-specific forecasts are available at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.

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    Frederic Baril
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