Air Quality

 Current Conditions

Air quality is an important public health issue. Pollutants in the air can cause diseases such as:

  • influenza,
  • asthma, 
  • cardio-vascular disease,
  • cancers and
  • poisonings.

Island Health and Air Quality

Island Health provides information and advice on evaluating and improving air quality. As well, we promote public awareness of air quality issues and support initiatives to evaluate and control air pollution.

A successful air-quality program depends on health authorities, all levels of government, and community partners working together and sharing accountability.

Vehicles and Idling

Automobile emissions are a major contributor to air pollution. In the Capital Regional District (CRD), a bylaw restricting vehicle idling was adopted in April 2009 for the protection of public health and to address health concerns due to pollution. 

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