Wood Smoke Reduction Program

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

Rebate Amount
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.

Hot Spot Areas

Please note: rebates for Hot Spot Areas are fully subscribed and no longer available.

CLICK THE map to see if your property is in a hotspot area.
CLICK THE map to see if your property is in a hotspot area.