Home Owner Grants
You can reduce the amount of residential property taxes you pay through the provincial Home Owner Grant program.
To claim the grant, you must meet the eligibility requirements, and complete an application form each year by the tax due date.
You can claim your Home Owner Grant online. You will need your Roll Number and eHog password, which are on your tax notice as shown below.
Types of grants available
There are two available Home Owner Grants: basic and additional.
Basic grant (up to $570)
You may qualify for a basic grant if you:
- are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- live in BC
- are the registered owner or eligible occupant
- occupy the home as your principal residence
Additional grant (up to $845, including basic grant)
You may qualify for an additional grant if you are a:
- senior (65 years or older)
- person with a disability
- living with a person with a disability
Frequently asked questions about Home Owner Grants
What is my principal residence?
Your principal residence is the usual place that you make your home. It is where you live and conduct your daily affairs, like paying bills and receiving mail, and it is generally the residence used in your government records for things like your income tax, medical services plan, driver's licence and vehicle registration.
You can have only one principal residence. If you own more than one home, you cannot designate which one is your principal residence.
I forgot to apply for the Home Owner Grant last year. Can I still apply?
You can apply for last year’s grant retroactively if you qualified for the grant on December 31 of the last year and you are still the registered owner. If the property taxes for last year have been paid, you must have paid those taxes.
My financial institution pays my mortgage, do I still have to claim my grant?
Yes. Your financial institution may send in payment for your property taxes but they do not apply for the Home Owner Grant on your behalf.
If your grant amount is unclaimed by the tax due date, it is considered unpaid taxes and is subject to late penalties.
What is the Home Owner Grant threshold, and why does it change?
The home owner grant threshold is $1.6 million for the 2017 tax year. If the residential value or partitioned value of a property is over the threshold, the grant amount is reduced by $5 for each $1,000 of value over the threshold.
This means the basic grant is eliminated on homes assessed at $1,714,000 or more. The additional grant is eliminated on homes assessed at $1,769,000 or more.
The threshold is reviewed each year as part of the provincial budget process.
What if there is more than one property owner?
Only one qualifying registered owner can claim a grant for a residence each year. The owner who qualifies for the higher grant amount should be the one to apply.
Can a family member apply on my behalf?
Yes, you can give someone (e.g. a family member) verbal or written permission to apply for the grant on your behalf.
Why do I need to apply every year?
If you qualify for the home owner grant, you must apply each year to receive it. Your circumstance may change (e.g. you may move but still own the residence) so last year’s information cannot be relied on for this year’s grant.
Why am I charged a penalty for submitting my application late?
The payment of your property taxes must be received by the due date stated on your property tax notice. The home owner grant is a form of payment towards your property taxes. Therefore, if you apply late, it is the same as making a late payment.
Who can I contact for more information?
Please contact the provincial Home Owner Grant administration office:
Last Updated on 2017-09-27 at 12:45 PM