Special Air Quality Statement 

Environment Canada has issued a Special Air Quality Statement due to wildfire smoke in parts of Ontario, including the Hamilton area. The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) in the Hamilton region is forecast to reach a risk level of moderate to very high risk.   

McMaster is encouraging university community members to follow guidelines from the province’s Health Messages for use during Forest Fire and Smoke Related Events. 

There is also a Q&A about wildfire smoke events on the Human Resources website with more information for faculty and staff.

On campus, McMaster is taking the following steps: 

  • The University Health and Safety team is supporting leaders and supervisors to communicate directly with staff who work outdoors to identify risks and put protection strategies in place.
  • For buildings that have mechanical ventilation, Utility Services has reduced outside air coming into buildings. Please contact your supervisor if you have any questions. 

Supports are also available for McMaster community members: