Air Quality Health Index

The Air Quality Health Index is a tool that helps people understand what the local outside air quality means to their health. Using a scale from one to 10, the lower the number, the lower the health risk. An outdoor activity recommendation corresponds to each risk category.

Seven of our continuous monitoring stations provide data on substances required by the provincial and federal governments to calculate and forecast an Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) for the region. Daily and forecast ratings are updated every three hours. While the daily rating is based on what is occurring at individual stations, the forecast is a regional prediction of the average concentration of monitored substances at our Fort Saskatchewan, Gibbons, Bruderheim, Lamont, Redwater, Elk Island and Portable Station. Each week we publish the AQHI data we collect from our AQHI stations on this page of our website. There is also a WeatherCAN app that you can download to get up-to-date AQHI ratings and forecasts. Check our Library for quarterly and annual AQHI statistics.

The following is the Air Quality Health Index report for the Heartland Air Monitoring Partnership stations from July  8 – 14, 2024. The very high-risk rating was due to summertime smog, with increases in both particulate matter and ground-level ozone during the very warm, sunny weather and low wind speeds.