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Home Owner Grant

New for 2021: The Home Owner Grant program is now fully administered by the Province, not the City. All Home Owner Grant applications are submitted online through the province's website (available in early 2021). The Home Owner Grant application process has changed, but program details and eligibility requirements have not changed. For more information, please visit their website or call 1-888-355-2700.

General Home Owner Grant Information

The Home Owner Grant program is a property tax relief program to assist eligible owners reduce the burden of residential property taxes, firstly school taxes. It is administered by the Home Owner Grant Administration Branch of the Ministry of Small Business and Revenue. 

An owner together with their spouse qualifies for a Provincial Home Owner Grant for only one residence in any one calendar year.

The Home Owner Grant must be claimed by July 2nd, 2021. To obtain the grant, you must complete the application form on the Provincial Government's website (available in early 2021). 

Unclaimed grants constitute unpaid current taxes and are subject to penalties. A ten percent (10%) penalty will be applied on the amount of the unclaimed Home Owner Grant. To avoid the penalty on the grant portion of your taxes, the Home Owner Grant must be claimed even if a payment on outstanding taxes is not made. If you require assistance claiming your Home Owner Grant, please contact the Province 1-888-355-2700 or visit their website

If your mortgage company or other agent pays your property taxes, it is your responsibility to claim the grant by completing the application form on the Provincial Government's website (available in early 2021) on or before July 2nd, 2021.

Who Qualifies?

For the Basic Grant:

  • You are a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant and ordinarily reside in British Columbia.
  • You are the registered owner or eligible occupant of the home. The home must be located within the province.
  • The home is your principal residence - where you live and conduct your daily activities. The grant does not apply to summer cottages, second homes or rental properties.
  • Spouses who live together, including those who are married or who live together in a marriage-like relationship, can qualify for a grant on only one residence in the province in a calendar year.
  • Spouses who live apart can each claim a grant on their principal residence if they have a written separation agreement or a court order recognizing the separation.

For the Additional Grant:

To be eligible for the additional grant, you must meet the criteria for the basic grant, plus one of the following:

  • You are 65 or older. If your home is jointly owned, only one owner must be 65 to qualify. The qualifier's birth date and signature must be included on the application.
  • You receive a disability allowance under the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act. You must provide a Consent for Release of Information form (Form Number FIN 81), signed by you and your Ministry of Social Development representative, verifying you are receiving these benefits.
  • You are permanently disabled or you have a disabled spouse or relative residing with you permanently. A signed medical certificate (FORM B, Form Number FIN 74) completed by your physician must be attached to the grant application, along with the photocopies of receipts supporting the costs incurred as identified in section B(i) and (ii) of the Form B.
    • Note: Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits do not qualify.
  • You are a veteran or spouse of a veteran who served in World War I, World War II or the Korean War, receiving an allowance under the War Veterans Allowance Act (Canada) or the Civilian War-related Benefits Act (Canada).

Veterans must attach a confirmation letter from Veterans Affairs Canada to the application. Surviving spouses of deceased veterans who received either allowance at the time of death also qualify.

2020 Grant Threshold

The grant threshold for 2020 is $1,525,000. You may be able to claim the full grant amount if your property has an assessed or partitioned value of $1,525,000 or less.

If you meet all requirements but your property’s assessed or partitioned value is over $1,525,000, you may qualify for the grant at a reduced amount.

The grant is reduced by $5 for each $1,000 of assessed value over $1,525,000. This means the basic grant isn’t available for properties assessed over $1,639,000, and the additional grant isn’t available for properties assessed over $1,694,000.

2020 Retroactive Home Owner Grants

Starting in 2021, residents in municipalities no longer apply for the retroactive Home Owner Grant through their municipal office. Everyone now applies directly to the Province.

2020 Retro Active Home Owner Grant applications must be received by the Provincial Government by December 31st, 2021 (applications will begin being accepted in early 2021). If you have any questions, please contact the Province 1-888-355-2700 or visit their website

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