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Home Owner Grants


Home Owner Grant

The Home Owner Grant is a Provincial Government program designed to help homeowners with their property taxes. The grant can be claimed for any property which you primarily live in and has a property tax charge greater than $1,120.

The Home Owner Grant must be claimed by July 31, 2016, to avoid the 10% penalty. To obtain the grant you must complete a benefit application form. Completed applications may be submitted to the District Office via email, fax or regular mail.

If your mortgage company or another agent pays your property taxes, it is still your responsibility to claim the Home Owner's Grant and deliver it to the District Office by the due date.

If you did not claim your Home Owner's Grant for the previous year and you were and still are living in your principle residence, you may be able to claim your grant retroactively. This claim must be made before December 31, 2016 in order to be eligible.

There are two categories of grants which may reduce a home owner's property taxes:

  • Basic Grant up to $770 (with a minimum $350 payment)
  • Additional Grant up to and additional $275 (for a maximum reduction of $1,045)

To qualify for the additional grant you must be:

  • 65 years of age or over;
  • a person with disabilities or the spouse or relative of a person with permanent disability (your physician must complete a "Certificate of Person with Disabilities and Property Owner Form" (Form B);
  • in receipt of a disability allowance or benefit under the Disability Benefits Program Act (you must enclose a letter from the Ministry of Human Resources confirming your eligibility); or
  • receiving an allowance under the War Veteran Allowance Act (Canada) or the Merchant Navy Veteran and Civilian War-related Benefits Act (Canada) (provide a copy of your most recent cheque stub - War Disability Pensions do not apply).

For additional information, please contact the Home Owner Grant Administration at 1-888-355-2700 or District of Houston staff at 250-845-2238.

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