Courtenay bans new installations

This week Courtenay Council passed a new bylaw banning the installation of wood stoves in new construction or in homes that have not had a wood burning device (homes with wood stoves or fireplaces may upgrade to an EPA/CSA approved stove).

This bylaw helps ensure the wood smoke problem doesn’t get worse by capping the number of stoves in the city. There is still a lot of work needed to clean up our air, but this is a good first step.

There will likely be push back from industry and some residents so if you have the time, please send a note of thanks to our Courtenay council! (Email addresses are in this WORD document)
As Councillors noted at the meeting, this helps to bring them into line with Comox and Cumberland.

Cumberland’s bylaw not adequate

Although Cumberland lead the way on banning new installations, unfortunately, their bylaw only prevents new stoves in newly constructed homes.

Older homes in Cumberland are still being granted permits to install wood stoves even if the home has never had a wood burning device before.

As most wood stoves are installed in older homes, the Cumberland bylaw does not help to cap the wood smoke problem as Courtenay and Comox have done. Cumberland residents living in all but the newest of subdivisions may still face an increase in stoves in their neighbourhood.

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