Every winter, wood smoke settles in the Comox Valley. It is harmful to children, adults and the elderly.

IT'S TIME TO CLEAN UP OUR AIR.

How bad is our air?

In Courtenay, we were over the BC Air Quality Objective for a total of 3 full weeks last winter. Our area is one of the top 10 worst in the province for harmful fine particulates.

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Health impacts

Wood smoke increases rates of illness and even death. The fine particulates and other toxins in wood smoke impact the development of infants’ lungs, increase asthma rates, and worsen heart and lung disease.

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Sources of Wood Smoke

There are 3 main sources of wood smoke in Comox Valley. Residential wood heat has the biggest impact on our local air quality.

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Solutions

We can have the cleanest air on the Island. It will take individual, program and regulatory changes.

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