The application gives the latest real-time hourly measurements for pollutants measured at all the Government of Nova Scotia’s ambient air quality monitoring stations in the Province. Pollutants measured at the monitoring stations can include:

Map of Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations located in Nova ScotiaWind direction and wind speed are measured at all stations, except for downtown Halifax. All data are reported in Atlantic Standard Time (AST).

Real-time air pollutant measurements can be viewed under the “Current Measurements” tab, while historical air quality data can be graphed and downloaded under the “Data Search” tab. The most recent measurements have not yet been validated by quality assurance personnel, and therefore the Data Validation Table should be reviewed to determine validation status for each station and pollutant. Validated data sets are also available through the National Air Pollution Surveillance (NAPS) Network.

Ambient air monitoring stations measure the quality of outdoor air and air pollution emissions from many sources, such as industrial facilities (electrical power plants, pulp and paper mills), vehicles, natural sources (such as forest fires and trees), and emissions generated in Nova Scotia, neighboring provinces and states, and globally.

This information is compared against Maximum Permissible Ground Level Concentrations in the Nova Scotia Air Quality Regulations, and the Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) which replaced the Canada-wide Standards for Particulate and Ozone in 2015.

Provincial ambiant air quality monitoring stations are located in these communities:

Air Quality Health Index (AQHI)

The latest measurements of PM2.5, O3, and NO2 are used to report the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) which is available on Environment Canada's Air Quality Health Index website. Environment Canada updates the current AQHI each hour and provides forecasted maximum values twice daily. The AQHI is a public information tool available to assist individuals in making short-term decisions about adjusting their activities to limit exposure to air pollution. The AQHI is based on raw data which has not been validated, so it is not used to determine trends or for other detailed analysis of ambient air quality.

Data on Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are sampled in Halifax. VOC data are available from the National Air Pollution Surveillance (NAPS) Network. This includes historical data is available for the former Granton site.

Acid Precipitation

Acid precipitation samples are collected in Sherbrooke and Jackson. Acid precipitation data are available from the National Atmospheric Chemistry Database (NAtChem).


Nova Scotia Environment
Air Quality Unit, Sustainability and Applied Science Division
Tel: 902-424-3600