Air Quality

The air we breathe affects human health, the environment, and our quality of life. Air quality is determined by the level of pollutants suspended in the air, as well as weather conditions and local topography. Fine particulate matter is 2.5 microns or less in diameter (PM2.5), which is about 1/30th the width of a human hair. PM2.5 is especially damaging because it can penetrate into our lungs and bloodstream, increasing the risk of cancer, aggravating lung and heart diseases, and reducing life expectancy. The largest emitters of fine particulate matter in the Lower Mainland are wood burning fireplaces, industry, and engine exhaust. Metro Vancouver is responsible for monitoring air quality in the region, and aims to have air quality meet or exceed standards at all times.

For this and other sustainability indicators, see the City's Sustainability Dashboard.

Real-Time air quality and weather data is displayed from the Lower Fraser Valley Air Quality Monitoring Network in southwestern British Columbia, Canada. Metro Vancouver operates this network in cooperation with the Fraser Valley Regional District, Environment Canada and other partners.

Link to Metro Vancouver AirMap Site:

Surrey Air Quality

Once you have opened the above link, click on Surrey East Station

Data and Resources


First Published Date December 15, 2016
Maintainer Sustainability Office
Data Update Frequency Realtime
Coordinate system N/A
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