Air quality

The Regional Air Quality Program is a joint initiative between the City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO), District of Peachland and the District of Lake Country.  

Aligning with B.C. government initiaitves, the Program aims to protect and improve air quality in the Central Okanagan through education, awareness and pollution prevention. For complete information about the Air Quality Program, visit regionaldistrict.com/air quality or contact the Regional Air Quality Coordinator at 250-469-8408 or airquality@kelowna.ca.

Residential
For residential smoke (indoor appliances) and local air quality concerns, please submit through the City of Kelowna’s online service request system.

 Outdoor Burning

For outdoor wood burning please visit Outdoor Burning

Industrial
For industrial-related concerns about air quality in the Central Okanagan, please contact the Ministry of Environment: EnvironmentalComplaints@gov.bc.ca or call the 24-hour RAPP (Report All Poachers and Polluters) tip-line: 1-877-952-7277.

The Ministry of Environment’s reactive team collects information from all the received complaints and that data is used to support planned inspections. Any evidence of ash or smoke leaving the property would be used to strengthen a complaint. If you are including photos with your complaint, be sure the sun is at your back when the picture is taken.

Current air quality conditions

Click here to view current Central Okanagan Air Quality conditions. The BC Air Quality website contains updated Air Quality Readings for areas throughout the Province. The site also includes the current levels of various air pollutants , as well the current Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), which identifies the health risk associated with local air quality conditions. The Index corresponds to the recommendations (below) for outdoor activities for those at risk and the general population.

Activity recommendations 

Health Risk Air Quality Health IndexHealth Messages

* People with heart or breathing problems are at greater risk. Follow your doctor's usual advice about exercising and managing your condition.

  

At Risk Population*

General Population

 Low1-3 Enjoy your usual outdoor activities.Ideal air quality for outdoor activities.
Moderate4 - 6Consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outdoors if you are experiencing symptoms.No need to modify your usual outdoor activities unless you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.
High7 - 10Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors. Children and the elderly should also take it easy.Consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outdoors if you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.
Very HighAbove
10
Avoid strenuous activities outdoors. Children and the elderly should also avoid outdoor physical exertion.Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors, especially if you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.

If you want to know more about Air Quality Objectives and Standards visit the BC website.