Ottawa’s low-income neighbourhoods more likely to suffer from air pollution: report

By Adam Beauchemin, Capital Current, December 28, 2022

Low-income areas suffer from some of the poorest air quality in the capital, a new report from Ecology Ottawa reveals.

With the help of more than 100 volunteers, the environmental group tested the air quality of 46 locations in 2021, cross-referencing their findings with the median household income of neighbourhoods. 

Cheryl Randall, the climate change campaign organizer for Ecology Ottawa, said the areas that suffered from the worst air quality — South Vanier/Heron, Lowertown and the Byward Market — were also those with the lowest median income. “That analysis was very surprising,” she said. 

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