End of the Air Quality Health Index pilot project in Québec
The Air Quality Health Index pilot project ended on July 2, 2014, in Québec.
The Air Quality Health Index is an information tool created by Environment Canada and Health Canada on air quality and associated risks. This tool was implemented in a number of cities across Canada.
In Québec, a pilot project was begun in December 2008 with the goal of helping vulnerable people protect their health by limiting short-term exposure to air pollution. The tool was made available to residents of the Island of Montréal, Gatineau-Ottawa and Québec City metropolitan areas.
The Air Quality Health Index in Québec included 3 ways to receive poor air quality advisories—email, text or telephone advisories. This service also ended on July 2, 2014.
For more information on the Air Quality Health Index project in Canada, visit the Environnement Canada website .
Other tools available in Québec
You can consult other information tools to check the quality of the air in your region.
- Air Quality Index (AQI)
Developed by the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, this tool allows the public to check the quality of the air in their region. It uses 3 air quality categories: good, acceptable and poor.
- Info-Smog Program
This tool provides regional air quality forecasts. When poor quality air is forecast, a smog warning is issued for the affected areas. These warnings are often picked up by the media.
Partners of the pilot project in Québec
The Air Quality Health Index pilot project was made possible by the participation of a number of partners:
- Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec
- Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques du Québec
- Direction de santé publique de l'Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Capitale-Nationale
- Direction de santé publique de l'Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de l'Outaouais
- Institut national de santé publique du Québec
- Ville d'Ottawa
- Environnement Ontario
- Santé Canada
- Environnement Canada