Smartphone application

Download the AQHI Canada App.

This app is designed for:

  • Android Smartphone
  • Android Tablet
  • iOS (iPhone/iPod and iPad)

The AQHI Canada app provides hourly updated AQHI as well as daily and hourly forecasts for all AQHI communities across the country. The app works in both English and French (depending on the user’s mobile device settings) and includes a map feature, user-defined push notifications, and GPS functionality to locate your nearest AQHI station.

Data used by the app are provided by Environment and Climate Change Canada, Alberta airshed organizations and Alberta Environment and Parks.

Wildfire resources

Smoke events as a result of wildfires are a common occurrence in the summertime, but can also occur in the spring and fall. Smoke during these events can be very thick, and persist for several days. The following fact sheet contains general information about wildfire smoke events in Alberta.

The current status of Alberta wildfires can be found at:

Wildfire smoke forecasts are available from FireSmoke Canada which shows the predicted movement and concentrations of smoke over the next three days.

Environment and Climate Change Canada issues alerts for air quality events through a variety of sources as follows:

Education resources

Fact sheet and poster

Learning stations

The AQHI learning stations booklet is developed by Environment Canada. Educators can choose from six 30-minute learning centres for their grade 5 or 6 students, building skills in literacy, communication, reflection and problem-solving.

Developed directly from provincial and territorial curriculum documents, topics include:

  • Environmental health issues
  • How media, peers and family affect decisions
  • Outdoor safety
  • Ways to prepare for and predict various weather and/or air quality conditions

Available in English and French.

Resource kit

Health Canada’s Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) Resource Kit is available upon request. This kit is useful for teachers, health practitioners and others that want to teach people the usefulness of AQHI. The resource kit includes a colourful folder containing:

  • a small poster
  • flip-top brochure
  • slide rule
  • tear sheets

Available in English and French. Printed version only.

School curriculum and activities for teachers grade 1 to 12

Air Quality Health Index Teacher Resource Kit

The resources provided on the Open Government Portal are as follows:

  • AQHI Curriculum Links and Activities Information Sheet
  • Primer for Teachers and Educators in Alberta
  • Letter to Parents and Caregivers
  • AQHI Fortune Teller Game
  • AQHI Introductory Activity: Fact or Fiction?
  • AQHI Jeopardy Game – Instructions: READ THIS FIRST
  • AQHI Jeopardy Game – Adult Edition PowerPoint
  • AQHI Jeopardy Game – Student Edition PowerPoint (16-square)
  • AQHI Jeopardy Game – Student Edition PowerPoint (25-square)
  • AQHI PowerPoint Presentation - "We Affect Air Quality. Air Quality Affects Us." - Supplementary for Grade 5 Weather Curriculum.
  • We affect air quality, Air quality affects us – Worksheet
  • AQHI Straw Asthma Experiment

Teacher Resources – Clean Foundation

  • Clean Foundation’s ‘Eddie and the Air Out There’ game and teacher resources.

Other educational resources

Other educational resources are available from the Alberta Airsheds Council (AAC) and the Alberta Capital Airshed (ACA) at:

Media resources

AQHI Key Messages

Reporting Forecast Changes in the AQHI

Promotional materials

Some pre-printed promotional items including AQHI magnets, pencils, and tri-fold brochures are available upon request. For more information, contact:

Videos

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