Wood Smoke Information Resources Portal
Residential wood burning is believed to be a significant cumulative source of fine particulate matter (PM) in BC, including Prince George. Exposure to fine PM is linked to adverse human health impacts, such as asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases, cardiovascular problems and premature death. FBC supports the Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable and initiatives to help residents save fuel and reduce emissions when burning at home.
Check out the incentives for Prince George & Region
The BC Wood Stove Exchange program offers incentives to encourage British Columbians to exchange older, smoky wood-burning appliances for low-emission appliances, including gas, pellet and EPA-certified clean burning wood stoves or inserts.
The program has run for over 10 years in the City of Prince George and the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (RDFFG), managed by Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable (PGAIR), and with administrative support from FBC's Upper Fraser office.
Through the program, residents have switched out over 340 old stoves for high-efficiency appliances and removed an estimated annual 30 tonnes of particulate matter emissions from the airshed.
In 2020 a resident changing out an old wood stove can receive a $500 rebate towards the purchase of a new emission- certified wood stove or a $650 rebate towards a natural gas, propane, electric or pellet appliance. For details, visit the PGAIR website.
The Woodstove Exchange in the region is thanks to a partnership of the Province of British Columbia, PGAIR, the BC Lung Association, the City of Prince George and the RDFFG.
English and French versions available
Check out this three-video series on how you can burn wood cleaner and reduce smoke.
These videos are also available for download in English and French for use by school teachers and others in community education, provided attribution is provided. Together, let's clear the air!
Support for the videos has been provided by Health Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable.
Wood Smoke: Tips for a Cleaner Burn
Burning Clean: It Starts with the Wood
Wood Smoke and Your Health
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Resident Tip Sheets
The Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable, with support from FBC’s Upper Fraser team, has tips to help homeowners achieve greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions: