Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program

Formerly the provincial Wood Stove Exchange Program (WSEP), the goals of the renamed program remain the same, but with an added focus on increasing public awareness of the health effects of wood smoke.

The program's goals:

  • Encourage the public to change out old, smoky wood stoves for cleaner heating options, including:
    • Heat pumps
    • Pellet stoves
    • Cleaner burning wood stoves
  • Raise awareness about good burning practices
  • Educate the public about wood smoke and its health effects

To meet climate targets set out in the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030, exchanges from wood stoves to natural gas or propane-fired appliances will no longer be supported under the program after January 1, 2023.

The program is offered in communities around the province.

The program provides:

  • Funding to promote the exchange
  • Incentives to replace old wood stoves

It also delivers education to help people operate their wood-burning appliances efficiently.

To learn more, please review:

The province and the BC Lung Foundation are currently soliciting proposals from communities that want to participate in the program.

Results in British Columbia

Approximately 10,000 wood-burning stoves have been replaced by cleaner heating appliances since the program began in 2008.

This is a reduction of approximately 300 tonnes annually of particulate matter released into the air.

There are currently 19 programs being offered in the province, involving several regional districts and municipal partners.

To learn more, please review Wood Stove Exchange Program Evaluation Report (PDF, 5.5MB).

Chart showing the annual and cumulative stove exchanges between 2008 to 2022