Montreal’s new bylaw
places a ban on wood burning and the burning of any solid fuel in
residences in all of Montreal’s 19 boroughs—with the exception of if the stove
or fireplace is one of the newest, cleanest burning models. This means every
fireplace must be certified to emit no more than 2.5 grams of fine particles
For every home with a functioning
fireplace, it must register with the city, and even the use of clean burning
wood stoves will equally be restricted if there’s a smog warning in effect.
The introduction of the new rules has been profitable
for certain business with the owner of Poeles
et Foyers Rosemont, Normand Hamel, noting that he’s had a spike in sales and
feels like his business hit a jackpot—just like using a InstaCasino
Bonus Code to win big.
“It's the first time since the energy
crisis or the ice storm that we got 25 years ago that we're busy like that,”
Hamel noted that a lot of new business
comes from various homeowners needing to make expensive changes to existing
“We are at the third week of September and
we are booked until December,” he said in a report.
Wood burning is the most significant source
of fine particle pollution in Montreal, second to only vehicle emissions.
Nonetheless, it possesses serious harm to human health as these fine particles
emitted are inhaled deep into the lungs, causing lots of damage.
Since 2013, the World Health Organization
has classified the fine particulate matter in wood smoke as a carcinogen.
According to estimates by the Institut National de Santé Publique (INSPQ),
“wood smoke causes about 900 premature deaths per year on the island of
Montreal, more than 6,000 cases of bronchitis in children, 40,000 asthma
attacks and almost 300 emergency visits to hospitals for other respiratory and
Also, in 2011, a study conducted by the
INSPQ and Montreal’s public health agency estimated that neighbourhoods that
heat with wood have a significantly higher rates of hospital admissions for
respiratory problems than those that do not. In that same year, Quebec’s public
health institute and Montreal’s public health agency collaborated on a study to
quantify the health impacts of wood stoves in Rivière-des-Prairies, where a
large proportion of residential homes use wood for heating. They discovered an
increase in asthma attacks and bronchitis, as well as increased aggravation of other
severe respiratory symptoms and premature deaths.
The city of Montreal noted that burning
wood is the cause of 40 percent of fine particle emissions in the city, a
result that the Montreal Public Health says can lead to serious health
“Fine particles are known by the World Health Organization to cause lung cancer,” said Karine Price of Montreal Public Health.
Price noted that fine particles also cause
smog and she expects those suffering from cardiac or respiratory diseases—such
as asthma—to be the greatest benefactors of the new bylaw.
Failure to comply with the new rules, or
refusal to declare your wood-burning device will attract a hefty fine of $100 to
$500 for a first offence, up to $1,000 for a second, and up to $2,000 for
However, businesses that use wood ovens are exempted from the bylaw.
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