COMOX VALLEY, B.C – The Comox Valley Regional District is no longer providing rebates to replace old wood stoves with new ones.

The change kicked in earlier this week.

The CVRD wants to focus on cleaner heating options instead and has raised the rebates for gas, propane and pellet stoves from $600 to $1,000.

Rebates for upgrading a woodstove to an electric heat pump are also $1,000.

Heating appliance upgrades may also qualify for additional CleanBC Home Efficiency Rebate and Home Renovation Rebates of up to $3,000.

The CVRD is reminding residents that keeping firewood dry, allowing enough time for it to cure before using, and following good burning practices is essential to reducing smoke from wood burning.

To learn more about the Wood Smoke Reduction Program rebates click here.