Clean Air Day

What is Clean Air Day?

Clean Air Day is a national event that raises awareness and encourages action on clean air and climate change issues. It always takes place on the Wednesday of Canadian Environment Week, which is the first week of June. This year Clean Air Day is June 7.

Why is Clean Air Day important?

Air quality is one of seven focus areas of The City’s Environmental Master Plan (EMP), with a goal of improving the air quality and reducing emissions. However, despite efforts to improve air quality, Red Deer has not met national air quality standards in recent years, specifically for Fine Particulate Matter.

Awareness and education initiatives such Clean Air Day are an important part of our approach to improving air quality in the community. Whether you reduce emissions from your car, spread the word about the importance of clean air or choose sustainable transportation, we all have a role to play in protecting our air quality.

What you can do – on Clean Air Day

On June 7, take a breather (and give the planet a breather) by taking free transit and you could win big! It’s easy:

  • Go to or use Google maps to plan your route.
  • Hop on the bus, no need to worry about the fare!
  • Look for the poster on the bus to enter the contest for a chance to win a $50 Recreation, Parks and Culture gift card or a transit pass for July.

Free Transit Day - Commuter Challenge poster (pdf)

If transit doesn’t work for your day, consider replacing one of your vehicle trips with active transportation (walking or cycling).

What you can do – every other day

You can make a difference year-round by making small changes:

  • Check the Air Quality Health Index to inform your activities.
  • Choose active forms of transportation when you can – even one day a week can make a difference.