The burning of firewood represents approximately 47.5% of the total emission of fine particles in the air, and the resulting smoke can have adverse effects on the health of citizens, as it consists of nearly 100 various toxic substances. Concerned with providing a healthy environment for residents, the City of Dorval has adopted regulations with respect to solid-fuel burning heating appliances and fireplaces.
In fact, it is prohibited to replace or install solid-fuel burning heating appliances unless they are certified to have atmospheric emission levels equal to or less than 2.5 grams/hour of fine particles. Also:
- Starting December 1, 2018, it will be prohibited to use any solid-fuel burning appliances or fireplaces unless they emit 2.5 grams/hour of fine particles or less, or they are certified pellet-burning appliances according to CSA (Canada) or EPA (US) standards.
- Citizens have three years to either change their appliances or have them meet current standards. Until then, it is prohibited to make use of their appliances or fireplaces during a smog warning and to use the following materials as fuel in a wood-burning appliance: wet or unseasoned wood, waste, treated or painted wood, plastic and rubber products, used oil, paints and solvents, charcoal, glossy or coloured paper, and particle boards.
- Citizens who choose not to replace their appliance or to bring it up to code before December 1, 2018 will not be permitted to use it, except in the case of a power outage lasting more than three hours.
Subsidy for the Replacement of Wood-Burning Appliances
The City of Dorval is now offering financial assistance to help them replace their current appliance with one that respects environmental standards. This program is designed for houses only (single-family, duplexes or triplexes, multi-family or a residential part of a mixed-use building).
The following replacement appliances are eligible:
- Wood-burning appliance emitting 2.5 g/h or less
- EPA or CAN/CSA-B415.1 certified pellet appliance
- Electric or gas (natural or propane) appliance
The maximum financial aid awarded is $1,000 per dwelling. This assistance is also valid for all complying appliances that were installed as of January 1, 2017 (supported by an invoice).
Information: 514 633-4125
To consult the integral version of the by-law concerning wood burning, please
click here. (PDF - 46 KB)