Government of Canada actions to reduce air pollution

We continue to work hard to raise awareness of the environmental and health impacts of air pollution. We are also taking steps to improve air quality and fight climate change through updated and new national emissions standards. Our scientists and researchers provide rigorous scientific assessments of the health and environmental impacts of air pollutants and their sources. Their work helps inform action by the Government of Canada to further reduce the risks from air pollution.

Protecting Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic

Evidence shows that exposure to air pollution increases susceptibility to respiratory viral infections and pneumonia. This suggests that people exposed to higher levels of air pollution may be at greater risk of becoming ill with COVID-19, with an increase in frequency of the most severe outcomes.

The Government of Canada is committed to protecting Canadians from the adverse effects of air pollution, including the contribution of wildfire smoke. We are doing this through:

Lowering emissions

Helping Canadians lower their emissions by:

Reducing harmful emissions across various industries and operations through:

Protection against wildfire smoke

Protecting Canadians from air pollution and wildfire smoke impacts by:

Research on air pollution impacts

Conducting research to better understand air pollution impacts on human health and the environment by:

International agreements and partnerships

Working to address air pollution from outside Canada through international agreements and partnerships such as:

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