B.C. Air Quality

Air Quality Advisories

Type Location Time Status
Air Quality Advisory Air Quality Advisory Issued For Houston. November 24, 2015 9:00 AM Issued

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Policy Update on the Wood Stove Regulation

October 14, 2015: The Ministry of Environment has released a policy update outlining proposed changes to the Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation (SFBDAR). The proposed changes are designed to ensure that only clean burning wood stoves and other wood burning appliances are sold in B.C.

The ministry is inviting comment on the proposed changes. Find out more here.

Evaluation of the Wood Stove Exchange Program

September 16, 2015: The Ministry of Environment commissioned an independent evaluation of the B.C. Wood Stove Exchange Program (WSEP). The evaluation reports on the achievements of the program over the period 2008-2014 and provides recommendations for possible improvements to the program. The WSEP aims to encourage the replacement of smoky old wood stoves with cleaner burning alternatives and to educate British Columbians on cleaner wood-burning practices. Over seven years of operation it has supported the replacement of over 6000 old stoves.

Read the Evaluation Report.

New Funding for the Woodstove Exchange Program

August 24, 2015: In+ celebration of Clean Air Day, the BC government announced new funding for the popular Woodstove Exchange Program. Proposals are now being accepted from communities that would like to run an exchange program in 2015/2016. Details on applying to participate in the program can be found here.

Visual Air Quality Rating available at Clear Air BC

A new index called the Visual Air Quality Rating (VAQR) is now available on the Clear Air BC website. The VAQR is a tool that quantifies “visual air quality”, which refers to the impact of air pollution on scenic views. The VAQR was developed by the BC Visibility Coordinating Committee, a multi-agency team that includes Environment Canada, BC Ministry of Environment, Metro Vancouver, and the Fraser Valley Regional District. The Clear Air BC website is operated by Metro Vancouver, who issued the following press release announcing the launch of the VAQR. The Clear Air BC website provides additional information on the issue of visual air quality and on the VAQR.

First Air Zone Reports for B.C.

The Air Quality Management System (AQMS) is a new comprehensive management system that is designed to better protect human health and the environment. Air zones are the basis for monitoring, reporting and taking action to improve air quality. As part of its commitments under this new system, the province has identified seven broad air zones across B.C. and prepared the first annual reports for six of seven air zones, where monitoring data were available. These reports describe achievement of the national standards for fine particulates (PM2.5) and ground-level ozone, assignment of management levels to guide the level of response, and actions underway or planned to improve air quality. Read for more information.

Wildfire Smoke Forecasts Ended for the 2015 Season

October 15, 2015: Wildfire smoke forecasts for Western Canada and Eastern Canada have ended for the 2015 Wildfire season. Forecasts will resume in the spring of 2016. For more detailed information about the system, see The BlueSky Western Canada Wildfire Smoke Forecasting System (PDF: 250 KB/6 pages) or also see The BlueSky Eastern Canada Wildfire Smoke Forecasting System (PDF: 217 KB/6 pages).

The home page for the Wildfire Smoke system is now at firesmoke.ca.

Comments on the output, or questions about the system and forecasts should be directed to: bcairquality@gov.bc.ca

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