Air Quality

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.

Current Conditions


James Bay

Comox Valley

For a summary of fine particulate monitoring involving mobile monitoring from December 2008 to March 2009 and stationary monitoring from June to September 2009, read:

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.

BC’s health authorities and the Ministry of Health have developed a Model Core Program Paper for Air Quality under the Core Public Health Functions Framework. Island Health is using this evidence-based paper to identify opportunities for improving air quality.

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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