Ottawa Wood Burning Changeout Program

Ottawa Wood Burning Changeout Program

Upgrade your old wood-burning appliance to a cleaner burning, certified model and you could receive a rebate of up to $750

Brought to you by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association of Canada, the Program is designed to encourage rural Ottawa residents to improve ambient and indoor air quality, heat their homes more efficiently and safely, and reduce fuel costs by replacing their old, uncertified wood stoves and fireplaces with cleaner burning, EPA or CSA-certified models.  HPBCA recognizes the financial support from the City of Ottawa.

Impact of Inefficient Wood-Burning Appliances


Over 3-million Canadian households burn wood to heat their homes and to enjoy a warm, cozy atmosphere. But did you know the smoke from an inefficient wood-burning appliance can affect your family’s health, your neighbours and the environment?

Trends show that residents of rural communities are twice as likely to heat their homes with wood than their urban counterparts. Pollution from wood smoke is generally worse in neighbourhoods where a high concentration of households heat with inefficient wood-burning appliances, resulting in smoke accumulation in valleys where smoke can settle.

What’s the solution? Changeout your old, antiquated and inefficient wood-burning appliance for a new, efficient model.


Benefits of Changing to an EPA/CSACertified Wood-Burning Appliance

Woodstoves manufactured before 1992 have limited controls on woodsmoke emissions. With today’s advanced technology, certified appliances:

  • Are 50% more energy efficient
  • Burn 30%-50% less fuel to produce the same heat.
  • Reduce fine particles and toxic air pollution by at least 70%
  • Produce 60% less greenhouse gas emissions
  • Cut creosote build-up, reducing the risk of chimney fires

Keep your house warmer. Replacing older wood-burning appliances promotes better combustion through cleaner, more efficient home heating devices.

Produce cleaner air indoors and out. Reducing wood smoke helps communities improve the air quality for those who burn, as well as for their neighbours.

Improve your health. Reducing wood smoke helps avoid heart and lung disease and illness such as respiratory infections, chronic and acute bronchitis, and asthma attacks.

Save money. Heating your home with a cleaner burning EPA /  CSA certified model is more efficient as it burns 30%-50% less fuel each season. This can save you both time and money.

How Much is the Rebate?

You could receive 25% of the cost of your changeout, up to a maximum of $750, if you meet the Program Eligibility Requirements. Rebates are limited to one per household and the number of rebates to be awarded is limited.

How to Participate in the Changeout Program

  • Step 1

    Call or visit a participating retailer to discuss your appliance needs and eligibility..

  • Step 3

    Take a ‘Before’ photo of your current woodstove, insert, or fireplace to submit with your rebate application. This is especially important for open masonry fireplaces. Electronic submissions of photos are preferred.

  • Step 5

    Take an ‘After’ photo of the new installation to include with your application, this can be completed by you or your installer.

  • Step 7

    Complete the online Rebate Application Form. Include your your application number (available from your retailer) and attach the necessary supporting documents.

    You can also print and manually complete the application form (PDF) and mail it in with the accompanying documents. For mail or fax applications, please include your application number on all supporting documents. Applications are also available at participating retailers.

    Paper applications should be sent to:
    Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association of Canada
    PO Box 5432, Huntsville, ON P1H 2K8

    To submit supporting documentation, pictures, or questions:

  • Step 2

    Purchase your certified appliance and book your installation through your retailer.

  • Step 4

    Once the new appliance is installed your installer will provide a form for you to submit with your application. If your appliance is not professionally installed, you will need a WETT Level 1 Site Inspection to be completed by a WETT-certified Inspector/Technician. You will need to submit the Inspection form with your rebate application.

  • Step 6

    Obtain a Certificate of Disposal or Recycling or a receipt from the appropriate disposal facility. Your specialty hearth retailer can also attest to disposal of the old appliance directly on the application form.
    For open fireplaces, your ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos will be sufficient proof.

  • Step 8

    Approved applicants will receive a cheque via mail in 8-10 weeks, or an e-transfer in 4-6 weeks.

Rebate Eligibility Requirements

  1. The appliance must be purchased from a participating retailer located in the City of Ottawa. Proof of purchase will be required to accompany the rebate application.
  2. The outgoing wood-burning appliance must be one of the following:
    • Uncertified woodstoves, wood-burning inserts and fireplaces (no CSA B415 or US EPA NSPS certification)
    • Open wood-burning masonry fireplaces which can accommodate a new, certified wood burning insert
  3. The following new categories of appliance are eligible to receive a rebate:
    • Wood burning fireplaces, wood stoves, or wood burning fireplace inserts are eligible for the rebate, provided they are certified to (a) CSA B415.1-10, “Performance Testing of Solid-Fuel-Burning Heating Appliances”, or (b) the “Standards of Performance for New Residential Wood Heaters”, set out in Subpart AAA of Part 60 of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, as it read on November 1, 2013.
  4. The changeout must take place at a residential address within the city of Ottawa with a postal code beginning with K0A, K1G, K1X, K2S, K2T K2W, K4B, K4C, K4M, K4P, or K7S.
  5. Limit of one rebate per residential address.
  6. Where installation is completed by a certified WETT installer, the installer should complete a WETT Inspection form as proof of meeting the requirements for installation. For anyone installing the unit privately, a WETT Level 1 Site Inspection by a certified WETT inspector is required to accompany the rebate application. Include the completed Inspection form with your rebate application.
  7. A receipt or certificate of disposal or recycling for the replaced unit is required to accompany the rebate application. If such a certificate is not available, your retailer may attest to disposal on the rebate application form.

Is there a deadline to apply?

To be eligible for a rebate, fully completed applications with supporting documentation must be received by HPBA Canada by December 31, 2019.


Barbecue World
655 Kanata Avenue
Kanata, ON L4K 4Z8

Harding The Fire Place Ltd.
2755 Carp Road
Ottawa, ON KOA 1LO

703-1290 Old Innes Road
Ottawa, ON K1B 5M6

Romantic Fireplaces & BBQs
7–5380 Canotek Road
Ottawa ON  K1J 1H7

Signature Fireplaces
2038 Robertson Road
Nepean, ON K2H 5Y8

The Fireplace Center & Patio Shop
1722 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON K2A 1C7

Top Hat Home Comfort
1072 Merivale Road
Ottawa, ON K1Z 6A8

Not able to replace your wood-burning appliance now?

You can still benefit from this program by learning more about Better Burn Practices, including tips on the right fuel, proper storage and seasoning of firewood, chimney and appliance maintenance, how to build and maintain a fire and much more.

View the Burn Wise video from the U.S. EPA. (note – this video may be one of the ones uploaded to Vimeo recently)

Watch this space for the opportunity to attend a Woodburning Workshop this Fall or provide us with an email address to receive an invitation.