• John Jantak

Ste. Anne’s residents have five years to change non-compliant wood burning stoves and fireplaces


Ste. Anne’s residents who heat their homes with wood burning stoves have five years to comply with new municipal regulations that will follow emission guidelines in use by the City of Montreal.

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue residents with fireplaces and/or wood burning stoves that do not comply with current particulate emission regulations will have five years to change their devices in order to adhere to the new municipal requirements when they take effect on September 1, 2025.

The notice of motion was officially adopted at the monthly council meeting on September 14 by the six sitting councillors including Pro-Mayor Denis Gignac who presided over the session on behalf of Mayor Paola Hawa who was absent. Council will adopt the resolution at a future council meeting that will include the new provisions regarding the use of wood burning devices.

Giving residents a heads-up

The purpose of the notice of motion is to give citizens a heads-up as to the changes that will be implemented as part of its revised regulations regarding wood burning devices before they are officially adopted, Gignac told The Journal after the meeting.

“Right now the by-law is under revision and we’re just providing information regarding the changes that will be coming when the resolution is adopted,” said Gignac.

Ste. Anne’s is following the recommendations that have already been adopted by the City of Montreal which regards wood heating as one of the main causes of winter smog. The combustion of firewood is considered to be a major source of fine particle emissions throughout the Montreal region at 39 per cent, immediately after vehicular transportation which produces 45 per cent of emissions.

Complying with current regulations

In addition to the undesirable impacts on the environment and air quality, Ste. Anne’s council recognizes that the pollutants produced from the combustion of wood also has harmful effects on people’s overall health, including aggravating asthma, childhood bronchitis, lung cancer, and causing premature death in people who suffer from cardiac and chronic respiratory diseases.

Council’s aim is to get homeowners who still have non-compliant wood burning stoves and/or fireplaces to replace them with appliances that comply with current municipal regulations. Ste. Anne residents who already have a compliant solid fuel appliance or fireplace must declare it to the city within 120 days of the by-law coming into force.

Snow removal contract

A resolution was adopted to award a snow removal contract for the north sector of the city to C. Gauthier Excavation Inc. for the 2020-2021 winter season in the amount of $22,757.22, taxes included. The company has provided snow removal services in the north sector throughout the winter period for the past five years.

The head of the city’s public works division recommended the awarding of the contract to C. Gauthier Excavation Inc. because they submitted the lowest compliant bid during the public call for tenders in September 2015.

New electric municipal vehicle

City council also adopted a resolution for the purchase a 2020 Nissan Leaf electric car from Spinelli Nissan Pointe-Claire which was the sole compliant bidder when the opening of the tenders took place on August 18. The new vehicle will replace a 2006 Toyota Prius due to its wear.

The resolution authorizes a maximum expenditure of $48,105.77; taxes included which will be financed from a loan from the city’s working capital fund of $42,897.71 to be repaid over a period of five years. The city is also eligible for federal rebate of $5,000 and provincial rebate of $8,000 for the purchase of an electric car.