Wood stove replacement program benefits environment, industry says

The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association of Canada says it welcomes plans by the provincial government to offer a program for rural residents to swap out older wood stoves for more efficient heating units.

More than 500,000 Ontario homeowners use woodstoves, group says

The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association of Canada says more than half a million homeowners in the province use woodstoves to heat their homes. (CBC)

Ontario's action plan on climate change is expected to include a program that would help rural residents swap out older wood stoves and replace them with a more efficient model.

It's a move that is welcomed by the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association of Canada (HPBAC), which said more than half a million homeowners in the province use wood stoves to heat their homes.

"While most use it for supplementary heat, as part of an effective zone heating system or to combat power outages, many others use it as their primary source of heating," the association said in a release ahead of the provincial government releasing the plan on Wednesday.

Burn less wood

Replacing older, inefficient wood-burning stoves will provide an economic boost while helping to combat climate change, the group said. 

"Often, the biggest attractions of new, efficient wood stoves are in resource and labour savings – in simple terms you need to gather and burn less wood to get the same amount of heat," the group said.

Plan coming Wednesday

Reports have said the action plan, to be released Wednesday, will include financial incentives to get cleaner, more efficient vehicles on the roads and to help homeowners and businesses lower their carbon footprints.

The province may spend up to $8.3 billion over the next five years on the plan. Part of that is expected to come from the $1.9 billion annually the Liberals expect they will make by auctioning off pollution emission credits and through cap-and-trade.


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