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Home Owner Grant

For the health and safety of yourself, City staff and other taxpayers, please consider claiming your Home Owner Grant online.

2020 property tax notices were mailed out in late May. Eligible homeowners may claim their Home Owner Grant upon receipt of their 2020 property tax notice.

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, 2020. To obtain the grant, you must complete the application form on the bottom of the tax notice or claim your grant electronically. If you are eligible for the grant and wish to apply for it, you must tick the box that describes your qualification. If you are 65 or over, you must state your birth date.

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, please contact the Property Tax Department at 250-391-3410

If your mortgage company or other agent pays your property taxes, it is your responsibility to claim the grant by either completing the grant application and delivering it to the Langford Property Tax Department, or by completing the online Home Owner Grant application on or before July 2nd, 2020.

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.

2019 Retroactive Home Owner Grants

2019 Retro Active Home Owner Grant applications must be received by Langford City Hall before 12pm (noon) on December 31st, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact the Property Tax Department at 250-391-3410.

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