Indoor air quality

Canadians spend approximately 90% of their time indoors. Indoor air quality can also affect your health in many ways. Indoor air quality can be affected by climate change. For example, climate change has increased the severity and frequency of floods. After a flood, it's important to quickly restore your home to good order to protect your health and prevent further damage. Standing water and wet materials may allow mould to grow which can present serious health risks.

A changing climate means not just an increase of extreme weather events, such as floods and wildfires, but also an increase in allergens. Elevated outdoor levels of aeroallergens, such as pollen, can infiltrate into buildings and affect allergic diseases. Good indoor filtration and ventilation can help you protect your health in a changing climate.

You can also improve the general indoor air quality of your home by:

Learn more about some indoor air pollutants and other ways to improve the air quality inside your home.

What we’re doing to help improve indoor air quality

Developing tools for organizations and individuals

Health Canada creates resources to help you understand the risks to your health from indoor air pollution and the actions you can take to reduce these risks. Some resources include:

Monitoring air quality in new homes

Health Canada is looking for owners of new-build homes to participate in an indoor air quality study. This project will investigate the indoor air quality in newly constructed homes and study pollutant emissions from building products.

Email us to find out how you can participate!

Building product emissions and indoor air quality report

Health Canada published the results of a pilot project studying building materials emissions and indoor air quality in two newly constructed homes.

Guidelines for indoor air quality

The Residential Indoor Air Quality Guidelines, developed for professionals, summarize the health risks of specific indoor pollutants. They also provide information on:

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