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 June  10 – 16, 2024. The AQHI rating was in the low to moderate risk range, with the exception of the Bruderheim station, which recorded a very high risk rating for one hour on June 11.  This was due to an unknown local source of fine particulate matter.