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Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

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Facts about air quality advisories
  • Air quality advisories are issued for individual communities and usually result from local activities occurring within or near that community.
  • Local pollutant sources include vehicle emissions, industrial emissions, open burning, residential wood burning and road dust.
  • Advisories are sent when measurements of an air pollutant in a community exceed its short-term provincial air quality objectives.
  • Smoky skies bulletins are specific to wildfire smoke, which can occur over large distances and change quickly.
  • Smoky sky bulletins are issued when areas of the province are being affected or have reasonable potential to be affected by wildfire smoke within 24 to 48 hours.
  • Approximately 500 people have signed up for the email service since September 2019.