April 15, 2015 – Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change – Air Quality in Ontario Continues to Improve.
On the one year anniversary of the last coal plant closure in Ontario, the release of the 2013 Air Quality in Ontario report confirms that the province’s air quality has improved significantly over the past 10 years as levels of pollutants and greenhouse gas pollution continue to decrease.
The report demonstrates that government action such as eliminating dirty coal power, setting emissions controls at smelters and mandating emissions trading of nitrogen oxides is working to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and the airborne pollutants that are harmful to our health and the environment. For the first time in 20 years, no smog advisories were issued due to high levels of ozone in Ontario.
Earlier this week, Ontario took another bold step in the fight against climate change by announcing its intent to join with California, Quebec and other governments to further protect the air we breathe by reducing greenhouse gas pollution through cap and trade.
The report also highlights that:
- Air quality measurements fell into the good or very good category for 94 per cent of the year
- Regular readings from all 40 Air Quality Index Stations across the province met Ontario’s air standards for levels of nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide
Protecting air quality and fighting climate change supports the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- The Air Quality in Ontario Report is published annually and provides detailed information about the province’s air quality.
- The 2013 report marks 43 years of reporting on Ontario’s air quality.
- Thanks to new monitoring technology, the 2013 report is the first to contain better information about particle pollution such as smoke and dust from factories.
- Eliminating coal to generate electricity is equivalent to taking seven million cars off the road.