Environment 2007

Environment: 2007 Archive

Canada's natural beauty is a hallmark. How are we taking care of our beautiful environment?

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, references to "Kitchener" refer to the Kitchener Census Metropolitan Area (CMA).

The more we Divert Residential Waste from landfill, the more land we have for agriculture, recreation, and housing.

% Residential Waste Diverted, 2005
  • Waterloo Region: 40.1 %
  • Hamilton: 28.0 %
  • Windsor: 35.8 %
  • London: 36.67 %

Source: OMBI 2005 Performance Benchmarking Report

Megalitres of Water Treated Per 100,000 People shows the volume of drinking water treated per 100,000 persons, including the water provided to the ICI (industry) sector. These volumes are in megalitres (one megalitre is equivalent to one million litres). The higher the bar, the more water treated.

Megalitres of Water Treated Per 100,000 People
  • Waterloo Region: 12,953
  • London: 16,032
  • Hamilton: 18,937
  • Windsor: 28,147

Source: OMBI 2005 Performance Benchmarking Report,

Higher Levels of Ozone are bad for our health.

Seasonal Mean Maximum Ozone Level, 2005
  • Waterloo Region: 49
  • Toronto: 45
  • Sudbury: 45
  • Guelph: 50

Source: Environment Canada. Data obtained by special request.

Particulate Matter in the Air (consisting of particles in the air) creates breathing problems for many residents with asthma or other health problems.

# Days Exposure to High Particulate Matter in the Air, 2005
  • Waterloo Region: 13
  • Sudbury: 5
  • Ottawa: 10
  • Guelph: 11
  • Toronto: 18

Source: Environment Canada Special Request,

Greenhouse Gas Emissions is an indicator of how much we are contributing to global warming.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Per Capita, 2001
  • Waterloo Region: 2.48
  • Ottawa: 2.56
  • Toronto: 2.63
  • Sudbury: 3.44

Source: Environment Canada, National Inventory Report,1990-2004-Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks in Canada.

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