Reducing pollutants can improve the quality of the air we breathe.
Air quality is a reference to how much pollution is in the air we breathe. Good air quality indicates cleaner, clearer and less polluted air, which is good for our health and the health of our environment. Poor air quality indicates pollution levels that may be harmful to the health of the population or the environment around us.
Understanding and reducing the sources of air pollutants can help us to improve our air quality.
Weather conditions such as wind, rainfall, temperature and terrain affect outdoor air quality. The types and amount of pollutants released into the air also affect outdoor air quality.
Information on wildfire smoke in the summer season.
Smoking, burning items, ventilation, microorganisms and certain pollutants affect indoor air quality.
Air quality resources
- Air Quality Health Index - BC Summary
Current air quality health index values and forecast maximums.
Learn how vehicle and industry emissions affect air quality, how B.C. measures air quality, and how we can make healthy air choices.
- Air quality and health
Learn about air contaminants and the health effects of poor air quality.