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  • December 1, 2011

    On November 28, 2011, The Honourable Peter Kent, P.C., M.P., Minister of the Environment, announced renewed funding for the Clean Air Regulatory Agenda. The Government will invest $600.8 million over the next 5 years in a continued effort for Clean Air.

    Clean Air Champions would like to congratulate and thank the Government for this decision, as clean air is our most precious resource! Funding for clean air initiatives cannot stop here. The Clean Air Regulatory Agenda will help reduce future air pollution, but there needs to be ongoing support for initiatives that address the health impacts of air pollution on the millions of Canadians living with or affected by respiratory illnesses.  

    Current funding for the National Lung Health Framework (NLHF) will end on March 31, 2012. We recognize and thank this government for its past commitment to the NLHF and its commitment to lung health in Canada. Without that commitment the NLHF and successful initiatives like ours that aim to improve lung health in Canada would not be in place. We encourage the government to keep supporting the NLHF so that this momentum can continue. In our case, we have been working diligently since February 2011 to build a comprehensive, national program called Air Aware to deliver a critical message on air quality, active living and respiratory health to youth across Canada. It typically takes several years to build a national program and develop the strategic partnerships needed to support the ongoing success of a program. We are proud to report that Air Aware is being incredibly well received.

    Air Aware is the only program of its kind in Canada and targets tens of thousands of Canadians, primarily youth between the ages of 10 and 18 in both the school and sport/recreation (sport/rec) sectors. With this program just launching in 2011-2012 it has the potential to reach hundreds of thousands of coaches, youth, parents and sport administrators in successive years of implementation. The research, undertaken in Air Aware Phase I, was instrumental in revealing that at present there are no resources, guidelines or protocols in the school or sport/rec sectors that address the issues of air quality and lung health.

    So please, let this funding for cleaner air continue. Clean Air Champions encourages the continued support of the National Lung Health Framework and the commitment to clean air!

    Cheers!

    Posted In: Health, Air Aware