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%) can pollute an entire neighbourhood, causing serious health issues. Smoke from a wood stove can seep into a neighbour’s house, even when their doors and windows are closed.
Wood Stove Exchange Rebate Program
The CVRD is offering a rebate of $1,000 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 a heat pump.
New Heating Appliance Type
Gas, Pellet, or Propane Stove or Insert
$1,000* - $1,300**
Electric Heat Pump
$1,000* - $2,000**
* Funded by BC Ministry of Environment, the BC Lung Association and Comox Valley Regional District
** Funded by CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program
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:
- Reside on a property within the Comox Valley Regional District (including all municipal and electoral areas) (application must be supported by the registered property owner).
- The home on the property has an eligible wood-burning appliance (wood stove, wood furnace, wood insert with airtight doors, barrel stove or homemade stove) that is regularly used as the home’s heat source and was manufactured prior to 2014.
- The wood-burning appliance must be removed, decommissioned and recycled (i.e. it cannot be re-used in a workshop or garage).
- Heat pumps and gas appliances must be a qualifying product through Clean BC.
Work must be completed within 3-6 months of application.
How to Apply
Option 1: Work with a participating retailer
- Work with with one of our preferred retailers
- Obtain the June 2019 Rebate for Retailer
- Contact the Program Coordinator to confirm eligibility and receive a tracking number.
- Complete the rebate application form with the retailer (both need to sign), ensure the stove has been properly recycled.
- Submit your completed application to the Program Coordinator.
Option 2: Handle the installation yourself
- Download the rebate application form.
- Contact the Program Coordinator to check your eligibility and receive a tracking number.
- Complete your installation (make sure you take a picture of stove: see below),
- Submit the following documents to the Program Coordinator:
- Copy of dated sales and installation receipt indicating type, model name and model number of appliance (showing AHRI number or certificate if switching to an electric heat pump, or gas installation permit of switching to a gas appliance);
- Recent photographs of functioning previous wood stove including make, model and serial number specifications plate on the back of the stove
- Photograph of newly installed appliance;
- Proof of decommissioning old wood stove (date stamped receipt from CV Waste Management Centre); and
- Your completed application form.
- Submit your completed application and supporting documents to the Program Coordinator in person, by mail or by email:
Wood Stove Exchange Program
Comox Valley Regional District
600 Comox Road, Courtenay, BC V9N 3P6
Questions? Contact the Program Coordinator: 250-650-2302 or Email.
Air quality is a growing concern in the Comox Valley and across BC. Learn more on our Air Quality webpage.