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General News · 2nd February 2021
Time to change out your inefficient wood stove and qualify for SRD’s Wood Stove Exchange Program

The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) is offering its Wood Stove Exchange Program once again this year which provides an opportunity for property owners to receive a $250 rebate, effective January 1st, 2021. The rebate is being offered on a first-come, first served basis to people that want to swap an old wood stove for a new, low emission model.

If you live in in the villages of Gold River, Tahsis, Sayward, Zeballos and the four electoral areas and you have been thinking about upgrading your wood stove, now is the time. There is a limited supply of rebates and offer expires December 31, 2021. "By trading in your old, inefficient stove for a new, clean burning, high efficiency model you are helping to improve air quality for everyone in the region," said SRD Chair Unger. “Not only do the new stoves burn hotter and slower, reducing smoke output by 70% and consuming less wood but it also reduces the fine particulate matter in wood smoke that are inhalable and can settle in the lungs”.

All new stoves which have a CSA-/EPA certification are eligible. To participate, homeowners need to provide evidence that the old stove has been decommissioned, and the new stove has been installed in compliance with building codes.

For more information regarding the program, please visit or contact the SRD office at 250-830-6718 or

The Strathcona Regional District's Wood Stove Exchange Program is made possible through funding from the provincial Ministry of Environment.

Media Contact: Aniko Nelson
SRD Senior Manager, Community Services