Wood Stove Exchange Program

The Provincial Wood Stove Exchange Program changes out old, smoky wood stoves for cleaner heating options including heat pumps, gas or pellet stoves and cleaner burning wood stoves.

The program is offered in communities around the province and provides funding to promote the exchange and offer incentives to replace old wood stoves. It also delivers education to help people operate their wood-burning appliances efficiently.

Results in British Columbia

Over 6,000 wood-burning stoves have been replaced by cleaner burning models since the program began. This is a reduction of more than 370 tonnes annually of particulate matter released into the air. Since 2008, 25 programs have been offered in the province, involving 18 regional districts and over 44 municipal partners.

Chart showing the annual and cumulative stove exchanges between 2008-15.