B.C. Air Quality

What are Indexes and Advisories?

The information below will lead you to various kinds of information on current air quality in your area.

B.C.'s Air Quality Readings
Use the interactive map on this website to get information about current, past, and forecast air quality readings for British Columbia.

Air Quality Health Index (AQHI)
The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is a new, national health initiative that provides current hourly air quality readings and related health messages.

Odour Index
The Odour Index describes pollutants that present an odour problem, but not a direct health problem at usual concentrations.

Air Quality Advisories
The Ministry of Environment and Metro Vancouver issue air quality advisories to inform the public about degraded air quality.

Venting Index
The Venting Index provides a smoke-control forecast for British Columbia that contains predictions of the Venting Index and low-level winds for 25 B.C. locations. For background information, see Venting Index.

UV Index (Environment Canada)
The UV Index provides forecasts of the maximum daily UV (ultraviolet) radiation expected for different parts of Canada. The higher the UV Index, the more precautions people should take to be "sun safe."

Weatheroffice (Environment Canada)
Visit this site for information on weather in B.C. and across the country.


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