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GreenON Modern Wood Heating Pilots

By Green Ontario Fund

Encouraging the switch to modern wood heating technologies in northern, rural and Indigenous communities.


The Green Ontario Fund is supporting Modern Wood Heating Pilots being developed and implemented by four partners in northern, rural and remote areas of Ontario. The pilots are operating in communities that do not have access to natural gas, and rely on a mix of wood, propane, fuel oil and diesel-generated electricity to heat homes and other buildings.

Through these pilots, we are encouraging replacement of old, inefficient wood stoves and greenhouse gas-intensive heating systems that use propane, heating oil and diesel-generated electricity with modern, high-efficiency wood heating systems. Piloting modern wood heat technologies in defined geographic areas encourages broader local and regional adoption, and helps stimulate local and regional supply chain development for sustainable biomass fuels. This program supports Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and will help Ontario meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets.

What you can get

The pilots are supporting four partners to undertake the following activities in their communities:

  • Replacement of old, inefficient wood-burning stoves with new, high-efficiency stoves in residences; 1

  • Replacement and/or supplementation of greenhouse gas-intensive fossil fuel heating systems in residences and in larger buildings such as multi-unit residential buildings and commercial buildings;

Benefits expected to result from the pilots are:

  • Reduction of greenhouse gas and other harmful emissions;
  • Reduction in heating costs for pilot participants.

The Modern Wood Heating Pilots also support the growth of local and regional economic activity related to biomass in northern and rural communities that will facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy in Ontario.

1Eligibility for residential woodstove replacement is restricted to primary residences; secondary or recreational residences are not eligible.

Who can participate

Two Indigenous-led pilot programs are offering free installation of new wood and pellet heating systems. These pilots are operating in:

  • Wiikwemkoong
  • Six communities in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) territory: Poplar Hill, Wunnumin Lake, Weagamow, Fort Hope, Deer Lake, Sandy Lake.

Two municipally-led pilot projects are offering rebates for modern wood heating systems. These pilots are operating in:

  • Wawa and the communities of Michipicoten First Nation and Hawk Junction
  • Sioux Lookout and the communities of Frenchman’s Head, Hudson, and other areas identified by the pilot partner.

How to get started

To learn more about the GreenON Modern Wood Heating Pilots and how to participate in select communities, please contact the following representatives:

Note, the pilot program for the Nishnawbe Aski Nation has already completed delivery to participating communities.

Reduction of greenhouse gas and other harmful emissions

Reduction in heating costs for pilot participants