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Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines (CEQGs)

Why do we have Canadian environmental guidelines for air, water and soil? 

We need the Canadian environmental guidelines for air, water and soil for the protection of environmental and human health. For instance, the Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines (CSQGs), Canadian Water Quality Guidelines (WQGs) and the Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS) are all in place to safeguard the quality of soil, water and air respectively within the stipulated standards. If not maintained within acceptable standards, contaminated water, air and even soil are a potential cause of diseases that can be detrimental to both the human being and the environment (Pawlisz et al., 1998). 

What are the Canadian environmental guidelines & standards?

Environmental Quality Guidelines (CEQGs) are guidelines that have been enacted to provide science-based procedures for the quality of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems (CCME, 1999).

Who sets them?

Environmental Quality Guidelines are set by and developed by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) for use across Canada (CCME, 1999).

What are they used for?

Guidelines are designed to protect, maintain, and improve environmental health. They are also useful in identifying potential human and environmental health risks.

Why are they needed?

Guidelines are needed because they safeguard environmental and human health.

For more information on Canadian environmental guidelines you can use the fantastic resource available on the environmental standards page of the website to search and use environmental standards and guidelines. Environmental Standards are available for air, water and soil for the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Holland and from the World Health Organization.


CCME (Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment). (1999). Canadian environmental quality guidelines. 

Pawlisz, A. V., Busnarda, J., McLauchlin, A., Caux, P. Y., & Kent, R. A. (1998). Canadian water quality guidelines for deltamethrin. Environmental Toxicology and Water Quality: An International Journal, 13(3), 175-210.