Program Updates

In an effort to reduce smoke from wood heating, we no longer provide rebates to replace old woodstoves with new woodstoves as of June 15, 2019. Instead, we have increased rebates for gas, propane and pellet stoves from $600 to $1,000 for appliances installed after June 15, 2019. Rebates for woodstoves are being phased out over the following timeline:

  • May 28, 2019 - CVRD Board approved the motion to exclude woodstove rebates from the Woodstove Exchange Program.
  • June 15, 2019 - CVRD will no longer accept any new applications for replacing old woodstoves with new woodstoves. Rebates will only support replacing old woodstoves with eligible models of gas, pellet and propane stoves, or heat pumps. Gas, propane and pellet stoves installed on or after June 15, 2019 are eligible for the increased rebates amount of $1,000.
  • July 15, 2019 - final date to submit applications and receipts for previously approved rebates for replacing old woodstoves with new woodstoves.

Woodstove Exchange Program Summary

Using wood for heat is popular in many areas of the Comox Valley. However, it generates far more pollution than other heating alternatives, such as electricity or natural gas. In winter when people are burning wood as their primary source of heat, smoke from wood stoves and fireplaces is the most significant source of air pollution in the Comox Valley. This is because of the Valley’s geography and meteorology. Burning wood poorly can pollute an entire neighbourhood. Smoke from a wood stove can seep into a neighbour’s house, even when their doors and windows are closed.

You can reduce smoke from your wood heating by using Smart Wood Stove Burning Practices and by choosing a clean-burning appliance. The Woodsmoke Reduction Program provides opportunities to save money by offering rebates to replace old wood stoves with a cleaner heating option such as a heat pump or a gas, propane or pellet stove.

The Wood Smoke Reduction rebates are available for all households in the Comox Valley with any wood stove manufactured prior to 2014 that is used as a primary heating source.

Funding support for the Comox Valley Woodsmoke Reduction Program is provided by the BC Ministry of Environment, the BC Lung Association, Island Health and the Comox Valley Regional District.

Questions? Contact the program coordinator at 250-650-2302 or by email. 

Air Quality in the Comox Valley

Air quality is a growing concern in the Comox Valley and across BC. Learn more and find resources about the Comox Valley’s air quality problem and health impacts on our Air Quality page.

Smart Wood Stove Burning Practices

Keeping firewood dry, allowing enough time for it to cure before using, and  following good burning practices is essential to reducing smoke from wood burning. Smoky fires affect the health of our families, our neighbours, and our community.

These recent videos by the Fraser Basin Council are also a good source of information:

Burning Clean: It Starts with the Wood

Wood Smoke: Tips for a Cleaner Burn

Save Energy and Reduce your Greenhouse Gas Emissions

However you choose to heat your home, don’t let your house waste the heat. Access information, financial incentives and support to save money and improve the energy efficiency of your home with CleanBC Better Homes. 

Rebate Eligibility

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) and application must be supported by the registered property owner.
  • The home on the property has a wood burning appliance that is regularly used as the home's heat source and the existing wood burning appliance must have been manufactured prior to 2014. 
  • The old wood stove is removed, decommissioned and recycled (ie. it cannot be re-used in a workshop or garage).
  • All work must be done in compliance with local code requirements.

For those exchanging their wood stove for a natural gas stove or fireplace, eligible models are those eligible under FortisBC’s EnerChoice program.

For those exchanging their wood stove for an electric heat pump, eligible models are those eligible under the EfficiencyBC program.

Available Rebates Until June 15, 2019

New heating applianceTotal Rebate
EPA certified wood stove$250
Natural gas, propane or pellet stoves  $600
Electric heat pumps$1,000

Available Rebates as of June 16th, 2019

Receive $1,000 - $4,000 for replacing your old wood stove with a cleaner heating option.

New Heating Appliance Type

Rebate Amount

Gas, Pellet, or Propane Stove or Insert

$1,000* - $1,300**

Electric Heat Pump

$1,000* - $4,000**

* 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

The Wood Smoke Reduction rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis for all households in the Comox Valley with any wood stove manufactured prior to 2014 that is used as a primary heating source. One rebate per household.

There are limited quantities of each rebate type, and they will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

How to Apply

Option1: Work with a preferred supplier

1. Contact one of our preferred suppliers

2. The retailer will check your eligibility, and once confirmed, will provide you with a tracking number for your application.
3. Ask the retailer about additional rebates from the manufacturer, BC Hydro or Fortis BC. 
4. The retailer will work with you to complete your installation, remove and decommission your old stove and complete your rebate application form.
5. Get the completed application form from the retailer and submit it to the CVRD in person, by mail or by email. Submission of the completed application form is the responsibility of the applicant, not the retailer.

Option 2: Handle the installation yourself

1. Download the application form. 
2. Contact the Wood Stove Exchange Coordinator to check your eligibility by calling 250-650-2302. Once eligibility is confirmed, you will be provided a tracking number for your application.
3. Complete your installation, ensuring the following supporting documents are kept for submission with your application:

  • Sales receipt for replacement heating appliance purchase (& installation);
  • Photo of old wood stove in place & specifications plate on back of stove;
  • Proof of decommissioning of old stove (date stamp on your rebate application form or date-stamped receipt from Comox Valley waste management centre); and
  • WETT inspection report of your new stove installation (if installing a wood stove or pellet stove) OR copy of your BC Safety Authority Gas Installation Permit (if installing a gas stove/fireplace) OR AHRI number or AHRI certificate (if installing an air-source heat pump).

4. Submit your completed application and supporting documents to the CVRD in person, by mail or by email:

Wood Stove Exchange Program

Comox Valley Regional District
600 Comox Road, Courtenay, BC V9N 3P6