The Canadian Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Impact Assessment of a proposed $8.2 billion air pollution plan unveiled in June 2018 says that Canadian air pollution will be “near-zero” by 2025.
In contrast, the United States has the lowest air pollution rates among OECD countries with a per capita income of $31,500, according to data from the World Bank and the United Nations.
Canada has the third lowest air quality index (BQI) at 2.14, behind the United Kingdom (2.20) and France (2).
The World Bank has Canada at the bottom of its list of “risky jurisdictions,” while the United Nation has Canada ranked number 12 out of the countries in its Global Green List.
Canada’s BQI is also lower than the OECD average and the OECD’s “green” designation means it is considered a “low” priority for the government.
Canada was ranked number 25 out of 180 countries for its health and environment in a recent survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Canada ranked 29th in the OECD in its rankings of its health system.
It also ranked number 17 out of 190 countries in the Global Environment Scorecard released by the United Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in December 2017.
The U.S. is also near the bottom with a BQII score of 0.77.
The World Health Organization ranks Canada as the seventh most dangerous country in the world, behind only Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, North Korea, and Iran.
In 2018, the government of Canada announced plans to raise the provincial air quality limit to 45 mg/m3 (parts per billion) from 30 mg/kPa (parts/mole).
The plan includes a plan to expand the province-wide ban to include all residential areas by 2031.
The province of Saskatchewan, where Saskatchewan’s population is more than twice the size of that of the city of Vancouver, was also the third-worst offender in 2018, behind New Brunswick (sixth) and Alberta (seventh).
The province’s air quality is rated as “very poor” by the World Health Organisation.
Saskatchewan has recently started testing residents for the virus, which is causing a spike in cases.
The country’s premier and health minister both called for greater transparency in the air quality.
“The public deserves to know the full scope of the risk associated with this problem,” said Premier Brad Wall in a statement.
“We have a long way to go.
I believe we have to do more to make sure people are aware of the problem before it gets worse.”
In February 2018, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change (and the province’s Environment Minister) Don Morgan announced plans for the province to increase the provincewide limit from 15 mg/km to 30 mg, saying that increased standards would “create a better environment for Canadians, reduce emissions and support jobs.”
In the meantime, the province has also launched a pilot project to test the public for the coronavirus.
The initiative will start in the summer of 2021 and will test 100,000 residents in Saskatoon.
The test results will then be used to assess whether Saskatoon residents are at greater risk of catching the virus.
According to the Saskatchewan government, the aim of the pilot is to provide information to health-care providers about the public health risks of the virus and to provide the public with information about measures the province can take to reduce the spread of the disease.
However, it is not clear how the pilot will be funded.
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) has also warned that Saskatchewan’s current air quality standards are too low, calling for a new plan to be implemented.
The government’s plans are part of a national air quality strategy that aims to “protect the health of Canadians by protecting and maintaining public health and safety.”
According to a report released in June, the provincial government is considering increasing the provincial limit to 25 mg/kg by 2021, a plan that would also apply to municipal buildings.
The report said the increase would also include a plan for additional measures such as testing for coronaviruses and introducing an airborne influenza vaccine.
The Saskatchewan government has also indicated that the province will look into increasing the provinceally mandated “health alert” system to include the public in its air quality monitoring and warning system.
In a statement, Saskatchewan Environment Minister Scott Fraser said that the government has worked hard to address air quality concerns and is looking forward to having more information on the situation as it relates to the coronave virus.
“I am very pleased that Saskatchewan is working with the government to improve air quality and protect the health and well-being of the public,” he said.
“As we have said many times before, we are focused on protecting the health, safety and welfare of our residents.”
According, Fraser’s office is currently preparing to release its air pollution summary for the month of July 2019.