Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program
The Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program (formerly the Wood Stove Exchange program) is designed to provide rebates/ incentives for residents within the municipal boundaries to replace polluting old wood burning appliances to efficient, alternative forms of heating such as an electric heat pump or pellet stoves and CSA B415/ EPA certified wood burning appliances.
The program provides rebates up to $3,630!
Why participate in the program?
Valemount has been listed as having the worst air quality in the province. We have increased levels of PM2.5 and PM10 particulate matter, plus an array of nasty chemicals from idling, burning of garbage, and wet wood.
Although we can’t control all sources of air pollution, one of the primary sources you can control is how you operate your wood stove. Using a CSA B415/ EPA approved appliance and using good wood burning practices can have a significant impact on reducing wood smoke output.
By participating in the Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program as well as following the wood burning tips found below, we can take a step towards improving our air quality and the health of the residents of Valemount.
New rebate amounts effective January 1, 2023 will cover the cost of the appliance and any additional costs (installation, materials etc.) to a maximum of the following:
- Non CSA B415/ EPA certified wood stove to CSA B415/ EPA certified wood stove replacement – $1,500*
- Non CSA B415/ EPA certified appliance to a pellet stove replacement – $2,000*
- Non CSA B415/ EPA certified stove to an electric heat pump – $3,500*
- CSA B415/ EPA certified stove more than 5 years old or secondary heat source exchanging to an alternative heating source – $1,000
*The replacement is eligible for an additional $130 (maximum) towards permit/inspection fees.
Wood Burning Practices
Can’t participate in the program?
You can still make a difference in improving air quality by following good wood burning practices. We’ve put together a guide of Wood Burning Tips to help you follow wood burning best practices safely.