Air Quality Ontario

The quality of our air directly impacts our health and the natural environment, so we want our air to be as clean as possible. The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change works to protect and improve air quality through legislation, targeted programs, and partnerships with other jurisdictions.

The Ministry has a network of 39 ambient (outside) air monitoring stations across the province that collect real-time air pollution data. This information is communicated to the public through Ontario's new Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) and as hourly concentrations of each pollutant. The Air Quality Health Index replaced the Air Quality Index on June 24, 2015. For more information, see What is the Air Quality Health Index? The Air Quality Health Index and data collected from our monitoring stations are posted on this website every hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

As part of a new partnership with Environment Canada, Air Quality Health Index values and forecasts will also be posted on the Environment Canada website, Each year, the ministry prepares an Air Quality Report to assess the state of air quality in Ontario based on the provincial Air Quality Health Index network.

Current AQHI Alerts

Special Air Quality Statement

Special Air Quality Statement (SAQS) for: Grey - Bruce, Huron - Perth, Sarnia - Lambton, and Windsor - Essex - Chatham-Kent. Updated at 11:27 am EDT, 24 May 2016. See SAQS Alert Details.

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Current and Forecast Air Quality Health Index (AQHI)

Hourly AQHI Reports: The AQHI is issued hourly and is a scale designed to help you understand what the quality of the air around you means to your health. It is based on the following pollutants in our air: Ozone (O3), Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2). What is the AQHI?

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Local, Live and Historical Data

Real-Time Pollutant Data: The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change reports real-time O3, PM2.5, NO2, Carbon Monoxide (CO), and Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) data in geographical, graphical and tabular formats every hour. See the newest results: Current Pollutant Concentrations.

Air Health Message for Special Air Quality Statement

Air Health Tip: If you are taking medication or have a health condition, please pay close attention to your symptoms and take a break if necessary.

For more air health tips see the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Health Messages