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The Sarnia Area Environmental Health Project (SAEHP) aims to help address concerns of Sarnia area communities about air pollution and other environmental stressors from local industries in the area. The project will help enhance understanding of the links between the environment and health in the community, with a focus on assessing exposures to chemicals in air. The Sarnia Area Environmental Health Project is a commitment of the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan.

Since 2017, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservations and Parks (MECP) has been working closely with provincial and federal government departments, health agencies and First Nations to develop the SAEHP, and has also been guided by previous foundational work of the Lambton Community Health Study Board as well as input from local stakeholders, such as municipalities and industrial associations.

The ministry has formed a multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee to share information and informed perspectives and advice during the project. The Advisory Committee includes representatives from provincial, municipal and federal governments, First Nations, health agencies, community groups, industry and environmental groups.

History of the SAEHP

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Project Scope

Based on the concerns of local communities, the SAEHP was scoped to focus on the following components:

Project Scope SAEHP diagram

The Air Exposure Review

air icon The Air Exposure Review (AER) is a scientific assessment of community exposures and associated risks from chemicals in outdoor air.  This component is being conducted by a team of consultants (Intrinsik, CanNorth, Cambium Indigenous Professional Services), and will involve reviewing monitored and modelled data for relevant chemicals in the area.

Click here for more information on the Air Exposure Review.

The Plants Study

plant icon The Plants Study aims to assess chemicals in air that may be deposited or taken up by locally grown medicinal plants. This study is being conducted in collaboration with Aamjiwnaang First Nation, and an academic team from Ryerson University.

Click here for more information about the Plants Study.

The Environmental Stressors Review

environmental stressors icon The Environmental Stressors Review aims to characterize how quality of life is impacted by disturbances from industrial operations, such as noise/vibration, odour and light, and to identify opportunities to enhance communication related to incidents and emergencies. This review is being led by the ministry in collaboration with a multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee.

Click here for more information about the Environmental Stressors Review.

Project Timing

The SAEHP is a two-year project, expected to be completed in winter 2021/2022. The following timeline provides a high-level overview of project activities:

SAEHP Project Timing diagram

Study Area

SAEHP Study Area map

Project Committees

Government Air Exposure Review Panel (GAERP)

The Government Air Exposure Review Panel was formed to provide direction to the Air Exposure Review consultants (Intrinsik, CanNorth, Cambium Indigenous Professional Services), to support the quality, accuracy, and relevance of the consultant’s deliverables. The GAERP is comprised of the following members:

  • Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP)
  • Aamjiwnaang First Nation Health and Environment Departments
  • Lambton Public Health
  • Public Health Ontario
  • Health Canada

Advisory Committee (AC)

The multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee supports the delivery of the Sarnia Area Environmental Health Project, by providing informed perspectives and advice. The AC includes representatives from provincial, municipal and federal governments, First Nations, health agencies, community groups, industry and environmental groups

  • Aamjiwnaang First Nation
  • Canadian Fuels Association
  • Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
  • City of Sarnia
  • Community Representative, co-chair
  • County of Lambton
  • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Health Canada
  • Indigenous Affairs Ontario
  • Kettle and Stony Point First Nation
  • Lambton Public Health
  • Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, secretariat
  • Public Health Ontario
  • Sarnia-Lambton Environmental Association, co-chair
  • St. Clair Township
  • Victims of Chemical Valley
  • Village of Point Edward

Community Meetings and How to Get Involved

Community meetings will be held twice a year to provide updates on the progress of the SAEHP, and to receive input and feedback from community members and local stakeholders. Due to the pandemic, the meetings will be conducted virtually via live webinar and dial-in to adhere to the current social-distancing protocol. Meetings will be announced in advance on the SAEHP webpage and through community partners. Meeting materials and information on how to join meetings will also be made available on the SAEHP webpage.

The SAEHP aims to help address concerns raised by local community members. By sharing your experiences and ideas, we can better inform the project. Your feedback is important, and we want to hear from you.

For questions or feedback, please contact: SAEHP@ontario.ca

Click here for more information on meetings.

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Contact Information

For questions or feedback, please email SAEHP@ontario.ca.

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