Canadian Council of Ministers
of the Environment

Le Conseil canadien des ministres
de l'environnement

Current Priorities


Air pollutants have the potential to impact environment and human health both locally and across political and geographic boundaries. Governments across Canada pursue active programs on air issues both individually and collectively.  In 2012 ministers of the environment, with the exception of Québec, agreed to implement an Air Quality Management System (AQMS).   AQMS is intended to provide a comprehensive approach for improving air quality in Canada and to publicly report on Canada's air quality.  

Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) drive AQMS implementation and supersede Canada-wide Standards. CCME is currently reviewing CAAQS for ground level ozone and for particulate matter (PM 2.5). 

CCME's Air Management Committee is responsible for implementation of many elements of AQMS and for reporting on CCME’s various commitments on air issues.

Standards, progress reports, guidelines and codes of practice on air issues can be found in the resources section of this site.

Stakeholder Engagement

One of the key elements of the Air Quality Management System (AQMS) is the involvement of stakeholders in both the development of the system, and review of its implementation.…

State of the Air

While significant progress has been made to reduce air pollution, poor air quality remains a serious issue in some areas of Canada. CCME is committed to ongoing reporting on Canada’s air quality inc…