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Twenty-one communities across British Columbia will continue to offer rebates for people who replace their wood stoves through the 2021-22 Wood Stove Exchange Program.
This year’s fund will distribute $319,800 to 13 communities, including two new communities and 11 that successfully reapplied to the fund.
In addition, eight regions across the province have funds left over from the past year which they will continue to use to distribute rebates to residents.
The province is projecting that 649 wood stoves will be replaced this year.
This year, BC’s Ministry of Environment is implementing a number of recommendations including higher rebates, targeting communities that have exceeded national air-quality standards and increasing participation from First Nations.
Eligible British Columbians in communities that have exceeded national air-quality standards can apply to exchange a wood stove for:
$300 for a Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certified wood stove
$750 for a qualifying natural gas, propane or pellet stove
$1,000 for a heat pump
Eligible British Columbians in other communities can apply to exchange an old wood stove for:
$300 a CSA or EPA certified wood stove
$500 fo a qualifying natural gas, propane or pellet stove
$750 a heat pump
Additionally, 2022 will also be the final year that propane and natural gas stoves will be eligible for rebates from the program.
According to a news release, more than $3.8 million has been funded in the past 14 years to replace more than 10,000 stoves with cleaner heating options.
For information about an exchange program near you, read more at this link.