Wood Stove Exchange

Every person who owns, operates, or allows the use of a residential indoor wood burning appliance in the Metro Vancouver region must comply with Best Burning Practices as set out in Schedule B of Bylaw 1303.


Metro Vancouver residents are eligible to receive a rebate for trading in their old uncertified wood burning appliance for a new low emission appliance. For 2021, there are approximately 60 rebates remaining.

Rebate amounts are (for purchases made September 15, 2021 or later):

  1. $750 for an exchange from an uncertified wood-burning appliance to an electric heat pump.
  2. $500 for an exchange from an uncertified wood-burning appliance to a natural gas or propane appliance, or pellet stove.
  3. $300 for an exchange from an uncertified wood-burning appliance to a certified wood-burning appliance or electric insert.

See our Wood Stove Exchange Program brochure.

Please note that rebates are limited and will be issued to qualifying residents on a first come, first served basis. The total rebate will never be more than the cost of the appliance.

How To Participate

Step 1 – Determine if your appliance qualifies for an exchange

The following appliances qualify for an exchange under this program:

  • A free-standing uncertified "stove".
  • A "homemade" or "barrel" stove. 
  • An uncertified fireplace insert, or tube type heat exchanger with a face plate and door (like the 'Free Heat Machine' or 'Welenco') that is currently installed in an open hearth fireplace. 
  • An uncertified "wood furnace" (ducted, forced air, home heating appliance) - may only be replaced by an EPA certified wood furnace or pellet furnace or a heat pump.
  • A wood-burning cook stove.
  • An open hearth fireplace (must receive prior approval from Program Coordinator).

Step 2 – Shop for a new low emission appliance

When you are ready to shop for your new low-emission appliance, visit a participating retailer to arrange purchase. The following NEW units qualify as replacement appliances under this program:

  • An EPA-certified wood stove or pellet stove or an Enerchoice designated natural gas or propane fueled stove or fireplace.
  • An EPA-certified wood insert or pellet insert, an Enerchoice designated natural gas or propane fueled insert, or an electric insert.
  • An EPA-certified factory-built wood fireplace – may only be accepted if it is replacing an uncertified wood stove or uncertified wood insert (not an existing factory-built fireplace).
  • An EPA or CSA B415 certified wood or pellet furnace ONLY if it is replacing an existing uncertified wood burning furnace.
  • An electric heat pump system that meets the criteria for BC Hydro's heat pump rebate or the criteria for the Oil to Heat Pump Incentive.

 Wood Stove Exchange Program - Participating Retailers

​Step 3 – Obtain permits

  • Contact your municipality about permitting requirements for the installation of your new appliance.
  • If you're installing a wood burning unit, you may want to contact your home insurance company to find out whether they have any additional installation requirements.

Step 4 – Fill out paperwork and disable & recycle your old appliance

Your retailer will help you fill out the necessary paperwork and also with disabling & recycling your old wood appliance. If preferred, residents can disable and recycle their old appliance on their own, however, prior to beginning these steps you must contact the Program Coordinator or your retailer for important information on the proper procedure.

Step 5 – Receive your rebate

The retailer will help you ensure all the required paperwork and documentation is forwarded to Metro Vancouver for verification and processing. Please note that it may take up to 8 weeks, once the completed paperwork has been submitted, before you receive the rebate cheque via Canada Post.