B.C. Air Quality

Air Quality Advisories

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Wildfire Smoke Forecasts for the 2015 Season

April 7, 2015: Wildfire smoke forecasts for Western Canada and Eastern Canada have resumed for the 2015 Wildfire season. 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 or you can click on a thumbnail below to go directly to the West or East forecasts.

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

Thumbnail: Bluesky Canada West Thumbnail: Bluesky Canada East

Province Adopted Interim Ambient Air Quality Objectives

April 7, 2015: The Province has adopted interim one-hour ambient air quality objectives of 100 ppb for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and 75 ppb for sulphur dioxide (SO2). The Province retains the use of the national annual NO2 objective of 32 ppb. The interim objectives will be applied to decisions on new and expanding industrial facilities in B.C. This includes authorizations under the Environmental Management Act (EMA) made after October 20, 2014, but excludes existing facilities and applications for EMA authorizations made on or prior to that date.

An implementation guide has been prepared to provide guidance on how the new interim objectives are to be applied. The Dispersion Modelling Guidance for 1-hour NO2 and SO2 Interim Ambient Air Quality Objectives is also available to provide guidance when comparing modelled concentrations to the new 1-hour interim objectives.

Read air quality objectives in B.C. for more information.

Updated British Columbia Air Quality Bylaw Inventory

April 27, 2015: The Ministry of Environment has completed an update of the 2011 Inventory of Air Quality Bylaws in British Columbia. This inventory serves as a resource for municipalities and regional districts to create or further develop bylaws related to improving local air quality. These bylaws are important tools to address local air quality issues such as wood smoke or vehicle emissions, both of which can pose a health risk to citizens.

Read the British Columbia Air Quality Bylaw Inventory 2015.

New Funding for the Woodstove Exchange Program

July 24, 2014: 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 2014/2015. Details on applying to participate in the program can be found here.

air quality readings for northeastern B.C.

New Web Pages Highlight Air Monitoring in Northeastern B.C.

Feb. 24, 2014: Learn about the North East Air Monitoring Project, a partnership between the provincial government, the BC Oil and Gas Commission and the oil and gas industry, and view the latest air quality readings for the region.

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