Air Quality Health Index
The Air Quality Health Index is a tool that helps people understand what the local outside air quality means to their health. Using a scale from one to 10, the lower the number, the lower the health risk. An outdoor activity recommendation corresponds to each risk category.
Five of our continuous monitoring stations provide data on substances required by the provincial and federal governments to calculate and forecast an Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) for the region. Daily and forecast ratings are updated every three hours and are publicly available for Bruderheim, Fort Saskatchewan, Gibbons, Elk Island National Park and Lamont County. Each week we publish here the AQHI data we collect from these stations. There is also an AQHI Canada app that you can download. Check our Library for quarterly and annual AQHI statistics.
The AQHI was in the high category for a number of hours on August 13 in our Airshed, throughout the Capital Region and much of the province due to smoke from forest fires burning in British Columbia and northern Alberta.