2021 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
|Electric Source Heat Pump in Hot Spot Area (Cumberland and West Courtenay)||$3,500**|
* 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.
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, excluding 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 2016 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.
- 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.
- Wood Smoke Hot Spot Area - City of Courtenay (west of Courtenay River)
- Wood Smoke Hot Spot Area - Village of Cumberland
How to Apply
- 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.
- Complete the installation of eligible new heating appliance ( make sure you take a picture of the previous stove prior to removal).
- Fill out rebate application form. Ensure you have all supporting documents listed in the checklist. Incomplete forms will not be processed.
Submit application and supporting documents here.
Wood Smoke Reduction Program
Comox Valley Regional District
770 Harmston Avenue, Courtenay, BC V9N 0G8
Tel: 250-334-6000 | Contact
Complimentary Rebate Programs
Earn additional rebate amounts from Clean BC for switching to an electrical heat pump.
The following table shows the total amounts you could receive when you combine rebates from The Wood Smoke Reduction Program and Clean BC Betterhome Rebates.
|Replacement Appliance Type||Wood Smoke Reduction Program Rebates||CleanBC Rebate Potential||CVRD Top Up Rebate||Total Rebate Potential|
|Gas stove or pellet stove||$1,000||$1,000|
|Electric source heat pump||$1,000||Up to $6,000 **||$2,000||Up to $9,000|
|Electric source heat pump*||$3,500||Up to $6,000 **||$2,000||Up to $11,500|
* Hot Spot Area
** This is a doubled amount until March 31, 2021
Please visit Better Homes BC for additional information and to confirm eligibility for the Clean BC Betterhome rebates.
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)