PG AIR has received $13,500 through the province's wood stove exchange program.
The province, in partnership with the BC Lung Association, is providing $190,000 to 14 communities/regional districts as part of the program.
British Columbians are firing up their old wood stoves as the cold, still nights of winter begin, unfortunately, this leads to increased air pollution and air quality advisories as the smoke may be trapped near the ground in this type of weather. This results in certain areas of the province seeing more air quality advisories in colder months.
The Wood Stove Exchange Program provides a $250 rebate when a new wood-burning, pellet or natural gas stove is purchased to replace an older model. New emissions-certified wood stoves burn one-third less wood and reduce smoke and particulates entering the atmosphere by 70% or more.
Last year, nearly 600 stoves were exchanged throughout the province and the goal is to have a similar number exchanged in 2017.