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Health impacts of wildfire smoke in Canada (updated Air Quality Q&A)

Workplace air quality guidance available

The number of wildfires Canada has experienced to date this year is well above average (Natural Resources Canada. June 28, 2023. National Wildland Fire Situation Report).

These wildfires have prompted special air quality statements for much of the province of Ontario.

The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development: Fair, Safe and Healthy Workplaces Division, has developed an updated Q&A document to address workplace air quality concerns and provide information on the mitigation of risk to workers. This replaces a previous version circulated in June 2023.

NOTE: The information provided in this document is intended for general workplaces which may be encountering poor air quality due to wildfire smoke or other causes; not firefighters or other workers who regularly work close to active fires.

Posted July 5, 2023

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