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Toronto Air Quality Report And How It Affects Toronto Real Estate

October 25, 2011

5 Take-aways From The Toronto Air Quality Report & How It Affects Toronto Homes in The Beaches, Leslieville, and Riverdale

east end Toronto, air qualityThe opinions that follow are my own. I've read the Toronto Air Quality report which Golder Associates produced at the request of Toronto Health, dated July 2011, but I haven't followed up with them to verify my conclusions. If you'd like to reach your own conclusions, I've included the City of Toronto report with maps and charts at the end of this post.

Toronto Air Quality - and Quality of Life

1. Don't worry, it's not that bad. "For 26 of the 30 pollutants modelled, the predicted ambient concentrations of the individual pollutants were below Ontario’s Ambient Air Quality Criteria (AAQCs)". Translation? The levels of these 26 chemicals are so low, they won't make us sick.

2. These are the 4 trouble-makers:
o nitrogen oxides;
o fine particulate matter;
o PAHs (polycyclic-aromatic hydrocarbons) as represented by B[a]P (benzo[a]pyrene); and
o benzene.

3. Most of the pollutants in our air, some 64%, come from outside our local Toronto area, with 39% originating in the US and 25% coming from elsewhere in Ontario. There isn't a whole lot you can do about that.

4. Of the remaining pollutants, most are a result of our own Toronto traffic. As you might have guessed,  the closer you live to the Don Valley Parkway (especially around the Gardiner) the more you'll see the effects of pollution on Toronto Air Quality.

5. There aren't nearly as many industrial polluters in South Riverdale, Leslieville, or The Beaches area as there were 10 or 20 years ago. Even so, the 'new' or remaining sources create a 'chronic background exposure level' or 'acute exposure level' for certain pollutants. Translation? There's one particular 'dirty' plant in the Portlands. No, I don't know who they are, but the report says, "Changes that have taken place in one of the industrial facilities in the area since this study was done suggest that this facility has reduced its emissions of particulate matter."

How does the Toronto Air Quality Report affect resale demand or prices in the Toronto Real Estate Market?

Right now, it doesn't. Leslieville Homes and Condos are selling like hotcakes. And the West Don Lands development, the future site of the Pan-Am Athletes Village (to become 2,100 new Toronto Condos) is  coming along at a ferocious pace. It's right at the intersection of the Don Valley Parkway and The Gardiner Expressway.

But if you're making a decision about where to buy Toronto Real Estate based on air quality, the maps that follow show Toronto Air Quality is better in The Beaches, then Riverdale, with Leslieville at the bottom of the list.

Air Quality is just one (very important) issue to consider when buying a Toronto Home. To help you choose the best neighbourhood, have a look at our Community Info pages below. If you're new to Toronto Real Estate you really should have a look at our First Time Buyers Guide or  How To Buy a Home In Toronto for The Best Price.

What's next?

Scroll to the bottom for the full Toronto Air Quality Study for Homes in The Beaches - Leslieville - Danforth Village - Riverdale

If you're new to the neighbourhood, you can find Toronto Real Estate and Community info - or search Toronto homes for sale, in the following communities:

The Toronto Beaches

Leslieville

Toronto Riverdale

Danforth Village

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