2020 Wood Smoke Reduction Program
Smoke from burning wood for residential home heating is the most significant source of air pollution in the winter in the Comox Valley due to our geography and meteorology. Burning unseasoned wood (and wood with a moisture content above 20 per cent) can pollute an entire neighbourhood, causing serious health issues. Smoke from a woodstove can seep into a neighbour’s house, even when their doors and windows are closed.
Rebates for Exchanging a Woodstove
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is offering a rebates to eligible residents who remove their 5+ year old wood-burning appliance used for home heating and replace it with a high efficiency gas, pellet or propane stove/insert, or an electric heat pump.
New Heating Appliance Type
Gas, Pellet, or Propane Stove or Insert
Electric Heat Pump
* Funded by BC Ministry of Environment, BC Lung Association and Island Health
**Funded by Island Health, specifically for areas with higher concentrations of wood smoke
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.
To be eligible for a rebate, participants must meet the following requirements:
Applicants must reside in the legal dwelling unit on property located within the borders of the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), which includes homes within the City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, Village of Cumberland and CVRD Electoral Areas. The application must be supported by the registered property owner.
Must have replaced an eligible functioning wood stove appliance (woodstove, wood furnace, wood insert with airtight doors, barrel stove or homemade stove) manufactured in 2015 or earlier , which was regularly used as the home’s main heating source with a high efficiency gas fireplace (natural gas or propane), pellet stove or electric air-source heat pump. Heat pumps and gas appliances must be a qualifying product through Clean BC.
- Prior to replacing the existing wood stove, all applicants must contact the CVRD’s Wood Smoke Reduction Program Coordinator (see contact information below) to confirm their eligibility and obtain a tracking number. Receiving a tracking number does not guarantee a rebate, applications are processed on a first come, first served basis while funding lasts. Applicants are advised to submit their application as soon as their project is complete.
How to Apply
- Download rebate application form
- Contact the Program Coordinator to confirm eligibility and receive a tracking number (tracking number does not guarantee a rebate, rebates are first come, first serve).
Complete the installation of eligible new heating appliance (make sure you take a picture of the previous stove prior to removal)
Submit your completed application to the Program Coordinator by email or mail to the address below.
The following retailers are aware of the CVRD’s Wood Smoke Reduction Program and may offer additional discounts or provide support filling out the rebate application form.
- 21 Degrees Mechanical
- Bennett Sheet Metal and Heating
- Comox Fireplace and Patio
- Norse Heating (offering a $200 discount)
- Temprite Climate Solutions
- West Isle Heating and Cooling
Wood Smoke Reduction Program
Comox Valley Regional District
770 Harmston Avenue, Courtenay, BC V9N 0G8
Contact the Program Coordinator: 250-650-2302 or Email
Complimentary Rebate Programs
See the Rebates and Incentives for other rebate programs. For example, the CleanBC Better Homes Rebate Program helps British Columbians find rebates for home renovations that save energy and lower greenhouse gas emissions. A more energy efficient home can lower space heating needs.
Air quality is a growing concern in the Comox Valley and across BC. Learn more on our Air Quality webpage.
Tip #1 Signs your woodstove fire needs more air or your wood is too wet (MP3 Radio Clip)
Tip #3 Don't burn wood on days with a poor air quality rating (MP3 Radio Clip)
Tip #4 It's a new year! Now is the time to upgrade to cleaner, more efficient equipment (MP3 Radio Clip)