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!

Please note that the Ottawa Wood Burning Changeout Program has now ended as all rebates have been allocated.

Anyone with an existing application number given to them by their retailer have until June 30, 2022 to complete the application process. The appliance must be installed by that date. Please contact if you have any questions or issues.

Brought to you by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association of Canada, the Program is designed to encourage 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.  HPBAC recognizes the financial support of the City of Ottawa.

What is the 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.

What are the benefits of changing to an EPA/CSA-certified 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

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, as well as illnesses such as respiratory infections, chronic and acute bronchitis, and asthma attacks.

Keep your house warmer.

Replacing older wood burning appliances promotes better combustion through cleaner, more efficient home heating devices.

Save money.

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 to participate in the Ottawa Wood Burning
Changeout Program

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

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 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 5

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

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 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 8

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

What is the rebate amount?

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.

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 March 31, 2022.

What are the 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 wood stoves, 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.
  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.


Harding The Fire Place Ltd.

2755 Carp Road
Ottawa, ON KOA 1LO

High Energy Gas & Wood

8227 Victoria Street
Metcalf, ON K0A 2P0

Hubert’s Fireplaces

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
1452 Cyrville Road, Gloucester, ON K1B 3L9

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.
The US EPA’s Burn Wise program has developed a series of  videos that demonstrate the importance of burning the right wood, the right way, in the right appliance. You can view these videos at

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