Ambient Air Quality Criteria (Manitoba, Canada)

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Place Manitoba

Applies to States or Provinces Manitoba
Name Ambient Air Quality Criteria (Manitoba, Canada)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Start Date 2005

Program Administrator Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-05

Information Source


The Manitoba Ambient Air Quality Criteria schedule lists maximum time-based pollutant concentration levels for the protection and preservation of ambient air quality within the Province of Manitoba. Each criterion is classified as an objective, a guideline, or a Canada-wide Standard depending upon several factors. The objective classification is for those air pollutants sufficiently widespread in presence and potential environmental effect that national limits have been developed. The guideline classification is used for those pollutants of a more localized presence for which provincial limits have been developed. A Canada-wide Standard (CWS) is a national standard developed under the Canada-wide Environmental Standards Sub-agreement by the federal, provincial and territorial governments for a contaminant of national priority.

This schedule is intended to serve as a guide for the evaluation of air quality and for planning purposes. The selection of the appropriate concentration category will depend upon the degree of protection to be afforded to affected receptors. Maximum Tolerable Levels are only for evaluation purposes to identify the severity of an anthropogenic or natural phenomenon in order to protect human health and institute appropriate corrective action. In general, Maximum Acceptable Levels are not to be exceeded in any urban centre including areas that are in the vicinity of industries with atmospheric emissions. Within rural areas, it is in the goal to maintain pollutant concentrations at or below Maximum Desirable Levels.

Policy Contact

Department Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship
Division Air Quality Section - Pollution Prevention Branch
Address 160-123 Main Street
Place Winnipeg, Manitoba
Zip/Postal Code R3C 1A5
Phone (204) 945-7100
Phone 2 (204) 945-8443
Fax (204) 945-1211