Air quality is a big problem for cities around the world. Emissions produced by vehicles and buildings reduce our air quality and take a toll on our health and the environment.

While global, federal and provincial efforts to improve air quality are important, we’re working at the local level to improve air quality in Kitchener.

On this page:

  1. Air quality report
  2. Anti-idling
  3. Clean air plan
  4. We need your help

Air quality report

Our Air Quality Report includes short-term and long-term actions to improve local air quality.

From 2006 to 2013, five recommended actions were chosen each year to be implemented through various departments within the city, as well as citizens. 

The Air Quality Report recommends that future Kitchener environmental committees continue to pursue, and present to council, recommendations flowing from this document.


We installed more than 300 anti-idling signs at drop-off/pick-up zones at all city facilities and local schools. Our Air Quality in Kitchener report asks us to lead by example in promoting environmentally friendly habits to the community. 

Clean air plan

The Waterloo Region Partners for Clean Air offers a framework for environmental change by focusing its attention on reducing carbon emissions and improving local air quality. One of the primary goals of the group is to further develop the contents of the Clean Air Plan, which was originally developed by the region in 1999.

Our partners in this effort are:

  • the cities of Cambridge and Waterloo
  • Region of Waterloo
  • St. Mary’s General Hospital
  • University of Waterloo
  • Wilfrid Laurier University

We need your help

Together, we can:

  • learn as much as we can about climate change
  • take simple steps to improve our air quality
  • advocate action from the different levels of government, business and industry

You can also join the Smog Alert Network and get notifications if there is a smog alert in our area.