Wood Stove & Fireplace Rebate Program

Operating in partnership with the BC Lung Association and the provincial government, the Provincial Wood Stove Exchange Program aims to motivate BC homeowners to swap their old, uncertified wood-burning appliances for more efficient, cleaner-burning models.

The Wood Stove & Fireplace Rebate Program is offered by the City of Kamloops as a local wood stove exchange program. 

A maximum of 35 rebates will be issued in 2019, and they will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. One rebate per household.

NOTE: Upgrades prior to the program launch on January 17, 2019 are NOT eligible for rebates. The customer must complete all steps of the program in partnership with an authorized program retailer.

Available 2019 Rebates

Updated March 29, 2019

New Appliance TypeRebate
Electric Fireplace Insert$250*
EPA-Certified:
  • pellet furnace
$500*

EPA-Certified pellet stove or insert

EnerChoice designated propane fueled stove or fireplace insert

Electric heat pump

$800**
EnerChoice designated gas or propane fueled stove or fireplace insert$1100***
*Funded by Province of BC
**Funded by Province of BC and City of Kamloops
***Funded by Province of BC, City of Kamloops and FortisBC

How To Participate

Updated March 29, 2019

Program retailers will guide residents through the process, from finding out which appliances can be upgraded and which can be purchased as replacements to installation of the new appliance.

March 29, 2019 Update:

There are a limited number of rebates left, which are eligible for natural gas, electric, propane or pellet appliance replacements only. Follow the application steps listed below to participate.

Step 1: Find out if you qualify

The following appliances qualify for an exchange under the Wood Stove & Fireplace Rebate Program:

Eligible Original Wood Appliances:

  • a freestanding, non-EPA-certified stove
  • a homemade or barrel stove
  • an airtight, non-EPA-certified fireplace insert or tube-type heat exchanger with a faceplate and door, which is currently installed in an open-hearth fireplace
  • a open-hearth fireplace wtihout an existing insert
    • note: this may only be upgraded to a gas, propane or electric insert
  • a non-EPA-certified wood furnace (a ducted, forced air, home-heating appliance)
    • note: this may only be replaced by an EPA-certified wood furnace or pellet furnace
  • a wood-burning cook stove

Check if your wood stove or fireplace insert is CSA or EPA-certified by looking for a label on the back. Speak to an authorized program retailer if you need clarification. 

Step 2: Shop for a new appliance

Visit one of the program retailers listed below to arrange the purchase of a new, eligible appliance, and to obtain a rebate application form. 

Participating Retailers:

The Fireplace Centre
1200 Battle Street, Kamloops
250-372-3424

The Fireplace Gallery
111-1339 McGill Road, Kamloops
250-851-8849

Johnson Walsh
921 Laval Crescent, Kamloops
250-374-1822

Eligible NEW Replacement Appliances:

  • An EPA-certified pellet stove or an EnerChoice designated gas or propane fueled stove or fireplace
  • An EPA-certified pellet insert, an EnerChoice designated gas or propane fueled insert, or an electric insert
  • An electric heat pump that meets the criteria for BC’s Home Renovation Rebate and Efficiency BC Program
  • An EPA or CSA B415 certified pellet furnace ONLY if it is replacing an existing uncertified wood-burning furnace

Appliances that do not qualify as a replacement: 
Rebates will not be provided to install these appliances.

  • A new wood-burning insert for an existing open hearth fireplace that does NOT currently have an insert installed in it. An exchange of an existing wood appliance must take place*.
  • Electric stoves or fireplaces.  Replacement electric inserts are allowed.
  • Factory built “zero clearance” fireplaces.
  • Wood cook stoves are EPA exempt therefore they are not covered by this program. They may be replaced by an EPA certified stove or other non-cooking product within the qualification list above.
  • Outdoor appliances
  • Tin heaters/tent stoves
Step 3: Install new appliance

Coordinate with a program retailer to arrange installation. During or after installation, the appliance must undergo a Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) inspection. Speak to your retailer about inspection details.

Your retailer will deliver the old appliance to be decommission and recycled.

Contact your home insurance provider to inform them of the exchange in heating type and installation information, as savings may be available. 

Step 4: Submit rebate application forms

Submit completed rebate application forms to the City for processing. It may take up to four weeks before a rebate is received.

The City administers the rebates both from the Province of BC and the City of Kamloops.

Forms can be mailed or delivered in person to the Sustainability Program Coordinator, Civic Operations, 955 Concordia Way, Kamloops V2C 6V3.

Participants are encouraged to work with their retailer to apply for any additional natural gas appliance rebates from FortisBC.

Additional Resources

The program aligns with the City of Kamloops Airshed Management Plan’s commitment to minimizing harmful contaminant emissions from wood-burning appliances. Using dry, seasoned wood in an EPA-certified stove produces up to 70% fewer particulate emissions compared to an uncertified wood stove. Wood pellet, natural gas, and electric options emit fewer particulates than certified stoves.