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Health Canada, in partnership with Statistics Canada, has conducted a study involving communities in Southern Ontario and Prince Edward Island to better understand the impacts of wind turbine noise on health and well-being. A total of 1238 households participated, out of a possible 1570.
The study had three parts:
The Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study is a landmark study and the most comprehensive of its kind. Both the methodology used and the results are significant contributions to the global knowledge base and examples of innovative, leading edge research.
IT IS IMPORTANT to note that the results from this study do not provide definitive answers on their own and should be considered along with the other research available on the impacts of wind turbine noise on health. Results may also not be applied to other communities as the wind turbine locations in this study were not randomly selected from all possible sites operating in Canada.
Illness and chronic disease
Annoyance and quality of life
Health Canada will consider the results of this study, along with other scientific research available, when providing advice on the health impacts of wind turbine noise.
These findings will also support decision-makers, such as provincial and territorial governments, in the development of decisions, advice and policies related to wind power development proposals, installations and operations.
These results are considered preliminary until published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.
A more detailed Summary of Findings from the Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study has been published on the Health Canada website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.