Air Quality and Climate Change

AIR QUALITY

Air quality is an environmental and social issue of high priority since it can have a profound effect on quality of life.  The Lower Fraser Valley Airshed (LFVA), in which Chilliwack is located, is confined because air becomes trapped in the valley due to the surrounding mountains.  As a result, the airshed is susceptible to the build-up of contaminants.  Therefore, protective measures are required to reduce potential impacts on human health, visibility and the environment. The LFVA is shown by light green on the map below.

(Map source: 2000 Emission Inventory for the LFVA)

Air quality in Chilliwack is a function of both human and environmental factors.  Vehicle, industrial and agricultural emissions are the greatest human factors.  Weather conditions also influence Chilliwack’s air quality, as wind from the west transports pollutants up the valley.

Air Quality Monitoring in Chilliwack

Air quality and emissions in the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) are regulated by the provincial government under the Environmental Management Act. For more information, please visit the FVRD Air Quality and Climate website. Air quality in Chilliwack is also monitored on an on-going basis by Metro Vancouver.  

The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), a standardized measurement designed to report air-borne pollutants health risks, can be found here. Metro Vancouver also prepares annual reports as well as a Lower Fraser Valley Air Emissions Inventory every five years.  

 

ENERGY AND GREENHOUSE GASES (GHG)

Many of the sources of air pollution also produce greenhouse gases (fossil fuel combustion, agriculture); therefore, the City of Chilliwack is taking an integrated approach to address the connected issues of air pollution, energy, and GHGs.  Greenhouse gas emissions are of concern due to their contribution to global climate change and associated ecological impacts.

The City of Chilliwack has worked with Stantec Consulting and stakeholders to develop a Community Air Quality, Energy and Greenhouse Gas Action Plan. A separate Corporate Action Plan has also been developed, to address the City-owned infrastructure and fleet. These Action Plans can be found here and will be reviewed and updated in 2020.

CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Reports

Under the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP), the provincial government requires local governments to publicly report on actions taken to reduce greenhouse gases.  Copies of the City of Chilliwack's CARIP reports can be downloaded below. 

Attachments
Description Date File Size
2012 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Report 2013-05-30 316KB
2013 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Report 2014-06-02 148KB
2014 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Report 2019-11-25 278KB
2015 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Report 2016-05-19 188KB
2016 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Report 2017-05-31 333KB
2017 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Report 2018-05-31 526KB
2018 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Report 2019-05-30 928KB

Air Quality Health Index

Up-to-date information from Environment Canada about the Air Quality Health Index in the Fraser Valley.

Air Quality, Energy and Greenhouse Gas Action Plans

Information on the Community and Corporate Air Quality, Energy and Greenhouse Gas Action Plans

City Climate Actions

A summary of the City of Chilliwack's climate actions.

Idle-Free

In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and smog causing pollutants, the City has launched an "anti-idling" campaign. This campaign involves both policy and public education components. In September 2004, City Council adopted a policy that will eliminate all unnecessary vehicle idling within municipal fleets.

Why Idling Is A Problem | Idling Myths | Ready To Do Your Part? Spare Our Air

Waste Incineration

Discusses the Metro plan to utilize waste to energy and the City's stance on the issue.

What actions can be taken to protect our air?

Ways that residents can help improve our air quality.

Wood Burning

Important environmental, health and safety information that you should know about wood burning.

Wood Stove Exchange Program

The FVRD has launched a Wood Stove Exchange Program to improve air quality in the region. Find out how you can get a $250 rebate.