Outdoor Air Quality

Air Quality

Air quality, both indoors and outdoors, affects everyone and their breathing. This is especially the case for people with existing lung conditions. Become familiar with the different risks air quality can pose that can impact you and your family.

The air outside can be affected by smog, vehicles, industrial activities, or natural events such as forest fires. Every year, thousands of people get sick or die from exposure to air pollution.


Air pollution can affect every area of the province since pollutants can travel across large distances. Extreme weather events have also been happening more often due to climate change which can affect everyone’s breathing. Examples include:

  • more forest fires → smoke particles drifting across larger areas
  • greater levels of precipitation → flooding and mould growth
  • new species of plants growing → different types of pollen
  • extreme temperature changes → affects those with lung disease