Fort Air Partnership (FAP), the organization that monitors the air local residents breathe, released the results of its Vision 2030 consultation today. The eight month consultation that occurred in 2017 with local residents, governments, industry and partners provided meaningful input into FAP’s future growth and development. The Vision 2030 What We Heard Report input will be considered by FAP through a number of lenses such as feasibility, desirability, funding and other factors.
Key Consultation Results
Generally, stakeholders were pleased with FAP’s organizational structure, its programs and services, and its communications and outreach efforts. A number of suggestions for change were made but all consultation participants agreed FAP’s first responsibility was to monitor and report on ambient air quality as required by provincial and federal regulations. They also wanted FAP to, at a minimum, maintain its current level of service and performance.
Key recommendations to FAP by Vision 2030 consultation participants were:
- Expand efforts to get information about air quality in front of more people.
- Increase education and outreach efforts, filling information gaps.
- Offer involvement opportunities beyond the Board of Directors and Technical Working Group.
- Adopt other types of monitoring to expand understanding of local air quality.
- Offer services to communities outside of the Airshed.
- Seek funding from small industry emitters.
- Introduce a cost recovery, fee for service program to offset expanded services.
Vision 2030 consultation input will be used to guide the development of a long-term action plan for FAP. Any new initiatives or services that may emerge from the plan are contingent on identifying sufficient and sustainable funding for development and operational support.