The Capital Region Fine Particulate Matter Response is the mandatory action plan that was developed to address the fine particulate matter issue in the
Capital Region as a result of the 2011 and 2012 Ambient Air Quality Assessment Summary Report. The Response was developed collaboratively between
municipalities, industry, non-governmental organizations, airsheds, and the federal and provincial governments. The goal is the reduce ambient fine particulate
matter concentration and remain below Level 4 at all monitoring stations within the Capital Region through three key objectives focussing on action, investigation,
Development of The Response focused on gathering baseline information, improving scientific understanding, learning from other jurisdictions, and identifying initiatives that are proposed, already committed or underway that can lead to near and future management of fine particulate matter. Findings from the Capital Region Fine Particulate Matter Science Report informed The Response and associated actions. In addition, The Response sets up the process to track and monitor actions and to identify, and implement new actions as required in each phase to ensure ambient levels of fine particulate matter are below and remain below the national standard.
A document outlining Education and Outreach Opportunities was developed with stakeholders from both Capital Region and Red Deer to support implementation of Objective 3: Engagement. Although focused on fine particulate matter, the document can be used to inform general air quality literacy and is future focused to guide coordination, priority, and delivery of outreach activities.
Accompanying factsheets provide an overview of The Response; explain particulate matter in the Capital Region, and the process used to develop the Response.