2022 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.  You can also pick up a free moisture meter (while quantities last) to help ensure you are burning dry wood. Meters are available at the CVRD office at 770 Harmston Avenue, Courtenay.

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*$2,000
Electric Source Heat Pump in Hot Spot Area (Cumberland and West Courtenay)**$4,500

* Funded by BC Ministry of Environment, BC Lung Association and Island Health
** Funded by BC Ministry of Environment, BC Lung Association and Island Health for Hot Spot Areas

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.

Rebate Eligibility

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, K’ómoks First Nation and CVRD Electoral Areas A, B and C, and Hornby and Denman Islands. 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 2017 or earlier , which was regularly used as the home’s main heating source with a heat pump. Heat pumps qualifying products through Clean BC.

  • Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis at the completion on application and submission of requirements. Applicants are advised to submit their application as soon as their project is complete.

Hot Spot Areas

Find out if you are located in the Hotspot areas eligible for a $2500 rebate for switching from a woodstove to an electric heat pump.

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.

How to Apply

  1. Check rebate eligibility requirements and contact the Wood Smoke Reduction Program to confirm eligibility. Please note that you will need to provide proof that your old appliance was decommissioned.
  2. Complete the installation of eligible new heating appliance ( make sure you take a picture of the previous stove prior to removal).
  3. 2022 rebate application
  4. Submit application and supporting documents here.

Contact

Wood Smoke Reduction Program
Comox Valley Regional District
770 Harmston Avenue, Courtenay, BC V9N 0G8
Tel: 250-334-6000 | Contact

Complimentary Rebate Programs

Please visit Better Homes BC for additional information and to confirm eligibility for the Clean BC Betterhome rebates.

Additional Resources

Air quality is a growing concern in the Comox Valley and across BC. Learn more on our Air Quality webpage.

Smart Burning Tips

Tip #1  Signs your woodstove fire needs more air or your wood is too wet (MP3 Radio Clip)

Tip #2  Burn only properly seasoned dry firewood. Burning other materials is inefficient and produces harmful emissions (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)

Bonus: Pick up a free moisture meter from the CVRD office at 770 Harmston Avenue (available while quantities last).