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Air Quality Health Index rating index

We are committed to maintaining Edmonton's air quality and work with regional partners to develop programs designed to effectively manage emissions in the region. These partners include Alberta Environment, various industrial approval holders and various multi-stakeholder groups. Monitoring and managing of air quality is a rapidly evolving field that is based on continuous improvement and risk-based management.

Air Quality Monitoring

Currently, the ambient air quality monitoring network in Edmonton is operated jointly by the provincial government and various industry groups. There are three ambient air quality monitoring stations that are configured to measure air contaminants and calculate the provincial air quality health index (AQHI). These three stations are directly managed by Alberta Environment. Alberta Environment also operates a fourth station that measures only particulate matter (Edmonton McIntyre).

In addition to the Province‚Äôs stations, there are six industry-operated stations that are situated around industrial areas in the east and west areas of the City. These six stations monitor air quality contaminant concentrations that are specific to the provincial approvals that relate to each of the industrial operators.

View the current air quality data for Edmonton and area.

Air Quality Health Index

In 2011, the Province of Alberta, in partnership with Environment Canada, launched the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI).

The AQHI is a tool that assesses the impact of air pollution on your health, listing a number from 1 to 10+ to indicate the level of immediate health risk associated with local air quality. The higher the number, the greater the risk and your need to take precautions.

The AQHI reports this information in near-real time as well as provides a forecast for the next day.



Alberta AQHI App, available for iOS, Android and BlackBerry

Are you a municipality or other stakeholder?

Watch a video on what you need to know about the AQHI or read about how to promote and share AQHI information with the public.

Managing And Improving Air Quality In The Edmonton Region

The majority of air quality concerns in the Edmonton region are a result of the refinement and/or combustion of carbon-based energy sources either at a point source (for example, industrial emissions) or through diffuse sources (for example, on-road transportation). The issue of maintaining good air quality is complex and it requires on-going monitoring and in-depth understanding of meteorology and the sources of emissions.

The City of Edmonton actively participates in the Alberta Capital Airshed, which is a multi-stakeholder group that provides a forum for local stakeholders to design solutions to local air quality issues. Through this partnership, it has initiated work on Idle-Free Education Programs, assisted with the development and implementation of the Ozone Management Plan and initiated a comprehensive Air Quality Monitoring Network Assessment to ensure that air quality in Edmonton is measured and reported in a manner that is scientifically sound.

Also, in 2012, the City passed an idle control bylaw which prohibits vehicles from idling in designated areas outside of schools and hospitals.

Take Action

  • Traffic can be a big headache. Lessen the traffic by using alternative modes of transportation.
  • Be Idle Free. Idling your vehicle not only wastes gasoline (and therefore, money), it causes needless pollution and can be damaging to your vehicle. Protect your wallet and your health - be aware of idling habits.
  • Trees help to clean our air. So plant a tree and register it with Root for Trees.
  • Learn how you can contribute to improving indoor and outdoor air quality at home, school and work.
Information on a portable kit that monitors concentrations of particulate matter, an air contaminant.

Learn the many ways to get around in an environmentally friendly way.

Root for Trees is a tree planting initiative which increases tree planting within the city.

Unnecessary idling costs Canadians millions of dollars every year and it's a major contributor to climate change.

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Learn more about climate change, energy and our strategies for adaptation and resilience. Get tips on how to take action against climate change and reduce our impact on the environment.

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City Environmental Strategies

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10111-104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB
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