2023 Wood Smoke Reduction Program
You can help reduce the impact of wood smoke in the Comox Valley by switching to a cleaner heating appliance or by following smart burning practices.
Free Moisture Meter
Pick up a free moisture meter (while quantities last) to ensure you are burning dry wood. Available at 770 Harmston Avenue, Courtenay.
Burn Wise - Smart Burning Tips
- Avoid burning on days when air pollution is high. Check for any provincial bans and review the ventilation index before burning.
- Maintain stable, hot combustion conditions. Smouldering leads to higher levels of Particulate Matter (PM) emissions.
- Season your firewood for at least 6 months.
- Burn dry by ensuring wood moisture content is less than 20%. Free moisture meters are available at the CVRD main office.
Backyard Burning Alternatives (3 C's)
Rebates for Exchanging a Woodstove
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is offering rebates to eligible residents who remove their 5+ year old wood-burning appliance used for home heating and replace it with an electric heat pump.
New Heating Appliance Type
|Electric Source Heat Pump||$1,800|
|Electric Source Heat Pump (K’ómoks First Nation)||$2,300|
Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis for all households in the Comox Valley that meet the eligibility criteria below. One rebate per household.