Managing Residential Wood Smoke Emissions – Public Consultation

Metro Vancouver is seeking input on introducing a phased approach to regulating residential wood smoke emissions from indoor residential wood burning in the region. Information about the proposals can be found in the Discussion Paper here.

We want to hear from you.

Metro Vancouver will be holding events in November and December 2017 for businesses, health experts, and members of the public to provide feedback about the proposals. If you’re interested in attending an event, please contact us at RWB@metrovancouver.org. You can also submit feedback before January 15, 2018 via email at RWB@metrovancouver.org or using the online comments form. Comments received after January 15, 2018 may be taken into consideration until the MVRD Board makes a decision about a bylaw regulating wood smoke emissions from indoor residential wood burning.

Upcoming Events

Community Open Houses

  • COQUITLAM

    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Pinetree Community Centre (Room 7)

    1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Z4

  • SURREY

    Thursday, November 23, 2017

    4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Surrey City Centre Public Library (Dr. Ambedkar Rm 418)

    10350 University Dr, Surrey, BC V3T 4C3

  • VANCOUVER

    Monday, November 20, 2017

    4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre (Club Room)

    990 W 59th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6P 1X9

  • RICHMOND

    Monday, November 27, 2017

    4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Richmond Cultural Centre (Atrium)

    7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9

  • NORTH VANCOUVER

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Delbrooke Community Centre (Maple Room)

    851 W Queens Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7N 4E3

  • BURNABY

    Tuesday, December 5, 2017

    4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Bonsor Recreation Complex (Arts Room)

    6550 Bonsor Ave., Burnaby, BC V5H 3G4


  • Webinars

  • November 28, 2017

    11am - 1pm, Tuesday

    General information for all audiences about proposals to regulate emissions of wood smoke from indoor residential wood burning

  • November 29, 2017

    1pm - 3pm, Wednesday

    Information for realtors, home insurance providers, and energy service providers (e.g. BC Hydro, Fortis)

  • December 4, 2017

    1pm - 3pm, Monday

    Information for wood burning appliance manufacturers, retailers, wood energy technicians, and representatives of other businesses involved in the use, installation, or maintenance of wood burning appliances

  • January 8, 2018

    1pm - 3pm, Monday

    General information for all audiences about proposals to regulate emissions of wood smoke from indoor residential wood burning

Contact us at RWB@metrovancouver.org to register for webinars or for more information. You can also view the presentation slides here.

Impacts on Air Quality

Wood smoke is a mixture of fine particles and many gases. Indoor residential wood burning is responsible for more than a quarter of the fine particle emissions in the region – more than any other source. Since heating generally occurs in the fall and winter, wood smoke can contribute even more to the fine particles in the air we breathe during those times of the year.

Health Effects

The fine particles in wood smoke are associated with respiratory and cardiac issues, particularly for infants, the elderly, and people with existing heart and lung conditions. Wood smoke includes toxic air contaminants and the potential for harm may increase depending on the nature of the material being burned.

Solutions

Metro Vancouver offers a wood stove exchange program, educational workshops, and other initiatives to help reduce wood smoke.  

To further reduce exposure to wood smoke from residential indoor burning, Metro Vancouver is seeking feedback on proposed regulatory measures including:

  • A seasonal restriction on the use of indoor residential wood burning appliances between May 15 and September 15, from May 2020.
  • Registration requirements for indoor residential wood burning appliances based on the amount of particulate matter released, from September 2022.
  • Prohibition on residential wood smoke emissions from unregistered appliances, unless other conditions apply, from September 2025.

Contact


  • Reducing Wood Burning

    Send comments to: RWB@metrovancouver.org

    Send comments by mail:
    Attn: Residential wood burning consultation
    4730 Kingsway
    Burnaby, BC V5H 0C6

    Consultation enquiries:
    Mon to Fri (8am-4:30pm)
    Metro Vancouver Information Centre
    604-432-6200