In November 2009, Dr. David Balsillie was appointed by the Minister as an independent adviser to lead the one-person Southwest GTA Air Quality Task Force. The primary goal of the task force was to develop an action plan to reduce pollution from local industry, traffic, residences and transboundary sources in the Oakville-Clarkson Airshed.
The task force's action plan was built on the findings of the Clarkson Airshed Study. The study looked at how a variety of emissions impacted the air quality in the Clarkson area.
The task force was supported by a community advisory committee that provided advice and direction on the plan's development. Together, the task force and its advisory committee consulted with municipalities, their health departments, industry, local community groups and residents' associations to develop the action plan.
The ministry required the task force's plan to include: