Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program

Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program

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The RDN is offering rebates to eligible residents who remove their old wood-burning appliance used for home heating and replace it with an electric heat pump. The Provincial Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program (CWSRP) (formerly known as the Wood Stove Exchange Program) provides rebates for residents who change out uncertified, smoky wood stoves for cleaner heating options including heat pumps, electric or pellet stoves and cleaner-burning wood stoves.

New Heat Pump Pilot Program continuing in 2024! Electoral Area residents who are installing a new electric heat pump as a primary heating source can keep their existing EPA or CSA-certified wood stove to use as backup heating under certain conditions. See below for eligibility details. 

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 as of January 1, 2023.


  • Applicants must reside in an RDN Electoral Area, City of Parksville, Town of Qualicum Beach, or the District of Lantzville 
  • City of Nanaimo residents must apply directly to the City of Nanaimo program here
  • All applicants must complete a mandatory Provincial Survey, found here
  • It is recommended that applicants complete an online wood smoke education course to learn ways to minimize the negative health impacts of wood-burning
  • New appliances must be purchased from a participating retailer
  • For heat pump installations – The heat pump must be installed by a licensed residential heating and cooling contractor listed with CleanBC and registered with AHRI (see Participating Retailer list below)
  • For wood stove installations – If the resident completes the installation, before and after photos must be submitted along with a copy of the WETT Inspection for the newly installed appliance
  • Existing wood stoves must be dismantled, rendered inoperable (damaged), and brought to a local landfill or transfer station for disposal, except for Electoral Area residents participating in the Pilot Program (see below)
  • Applications are accepted from January 1, 2024, through December 15, 2024
  • See the complete list of Green Building Program Terms and Conditions

Heat Pump Pilot Program for Electoral Area residents

The Heat Pump Pilot Program is designed for Electoral Area residents, offering the opportunity to install a heat pump while keeping their existing EPA-certified woodstove.

To qualify, applicants must complete the mandatory Provincial Survey and commit to a Clean Burning Pledge, stating:

  - The resident lives in a RDN Electoral Area; and 

  - The woodstove will only be used when temperatures are below 5 degrees Celsius and/or the power is out or other emergency situation.

The existing woodstove must be: 

  - Currently in use and operable; and

  - Confirmed (with documentation, such as a photo of the woodstove label) to be EPA/CSA certified 


Rebate Amount

  • $400 - Electric Insert (replacing existing non-EPA certified or an older certified wood-burning stove (pre-2015) wood stove)
  • $600 - EPA or CSA B415.1 Compliant Wood Stove
  • $1,000 - EPA or CSA B415.1 Compliant Pellet Stove
  • $1,500 - Heat Pump (that meets the criteria for CleanBC’s Home Renovation Rebate and Efficiency BC Program)


Program Documents

Check out our program brochure: 

               Woodsmoke brochure


Participating Retailer

Company Name


Rebate covered

Canadian Chimney Ltd.

info [at] (info[at]canadianchimney[dot]com)


Wood stove

Eagle Stove and Sweep

eagles_s [at] (eagles_s[at]shaw[dot]ca)


Wood stove

Island SuperSweep Chimney Service

sweep24 [at] (sweep24[at]telus[dot]net) 

(250) 753-5912

Wood stove

Pioneer Fireplace 

salesnanaimo [at] (salesnanaimo[at]pioneerfireplace[dot]com)     


salespv [at] (salespv[at]pioneerfireplace[dot]com)


Wood or pellet stove,

electric insert, heat pump

Ambient Heating and Cooling Ltd.

Mathew [at] (Mathew[at]ambientheatingandcooling[dot]ca)


Heat pump

Blue Flame Ventures

info [at] (info[at]blueflameventures[dot]com)


Heat pump, wood stove

Bryans Mechanical Ltd.

bryansmechanical [at] (bryansmechanical[at]gmail[dot]com)


Heat pump, wood stove

Hayes Heating

hayesheating [at] (hayesheating[at]shaw[dot]ca)


Heat pump

Mr. Ductless

daniel [at] (daniel[at]misterductless[dot]com)


Heat pump

Norm's Plumbing and Heating    

info [at] (info[at]normsmobile[dot]ca)


Heat pump 


info [at] (info[at]servicexcel[dot]ca)


Heat pump

Supersave Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning Ltd.

supersavecompany [at] (supersavecompany[at]gmail[dot]com)


Heat pump

This list will continually be updated as we add new retailers. If your company provides similar services but is not listed here, please contact sustainability [at] to be added to the list.

If you find a suitable electric insert from a retailer not listed, please contact the Program Coordinator for guidance on next steps.


Apply For Your Rebate

Required Documents

  • Voucher form, filled out and signed by the retailer
  • Paid invoice, showing that the installation and disposal have been completed
    • For residents completing the woodstove disposal themselves, a disposal receipt is required 
    • For residents completing the woodstove installation themselves, a compliant WETT inspection is required
  • Completed mandatory Provincial Survey
  • Electoral Area residents installing a heat pump and keeping their old certified woodstoves must complete the Clean Burning Pledge

Steps to Apply

Notes: Most insurance companies require notification if you are installing a new heating appliance -this is your responsibility. The value of the rebate cannot exceed the value of the appliance.

Step 1: Qualify - You must have a non-EPA-certified (typically installed before 1994, usually don't have glass windows, no EPA label on the back) or an older certified (pre-2015) wood stove to exchange, or be an Electoral Area resident purchasing a new electric heat pump participating in the Pilot Program to keep a certified wood stove. The wood stove must currently be in use (not already removed or decommissioned). You must live in one of the qualifying areas (see above) and be replacing the wood stove in a residence you own.

Step 2: Visit a Participating Retailer - Only appliances purchased through a participating retailer are eligible for rebates. The participating retailers will help you find a cleaner home heating option. 
If you are a retailer who is interested in becoming part of this program, contact us at: sustainability [at] 

Step 3: Get your voucher form - When you buy your new appliance, the Participating Retailer will supply you with a completed rebate voucher form (digital or printed). It is your responsibility to ensure that the retailer has completed the form in full and that you have reviewed the form to see what supporting documents you need to supply to the RDN when you submit the voucher form.

Step 4: Status of old wood stove - Your old wood stove must be destroyed to receive the rebate. Electoral Area residents keeping an existing certified wood stove must receive approval from the Participating Retailer that the existing appliance qualifies and photo proof is required. 

  • If your supplier disposes of your stove, they must indicate this on the invoice.
  • If you handle disposal, you must dispose of the stove at an RDN facility and obtain a receipt for the disposal.
  • If you are an Electoral Area resident opting to keep your existing EPA/CSA-certified wood stove to use in specific conditions, you must provide photo proof of the certification (i.e. the label on the back of the stove) with your application.

RDN Wood Stove Disposal Locations:

  • RDN Landfill: 1105 Cedar Road, Nanaimo, Phone: 250-722-2044
  • RDN Church Road Transfer Station: 860 Church Road, Parksville, Phone: 250-248-5254

Step 5: Gather the required documents (listed above) and apply. Apply for your rebate using the instructions below. 

Apply Online

Submit the required documents to the link below

Apply for your rebate website link

Please allow up to 6 weeks for processing and delivery of your rebate cheque.

Other Ways to Apply

Submissions can be made to the Regional District of Nanaimo by email, mail or in person. Our office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, excluding statutory holidays. 

1. Collect the required documents (listed above)
2. Submit documents by email, mail or in person at the RDN Administration Building:

sustainability [at]

Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program
c/o Sustainability Coordinator
6300 Hammond Bay Road
Nanaimo, B.C. V9T 6N2



If you are going to keep using wood heat, make sure you know how to minimize wood smoke pollution so you protect your family and your neighbourhood. It is recommended that you take the Wood Smoke Course below.

Wood Smoke Course - The Wood Smoke Course is a new, interactive learning tool designed to teach the owners and operators of wood stoves how to burn cleanly and efficiently and explain the benefits of doing so.

Wood Smoke Course graphic

Check out these additional resources to learn more about wood smoke and why changing out your old wood stove is so important for protecting the health of your family and your neighbourhood.

Health Canada information on Wood Smoke (website)

Guide to Residential Wood Heating from Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (pdf)

Helpful Videos: 

Wood Seasoning (video)

Video - Wood seasoning

Smoke and Your Health (video)

Video - wood smoke and your health

 5 Rules for efficient burning (video)

Video link - 5 Rules for Efficient Burning

How to identify what type of stove you have Wood Smoke: Tips for a Cleaner Burn (video)

Video - how to identify your wood stove



sustainability [at]