As of 2021, the Home Owner Grant claims process is now a centralized service provided by the Province of BC. Applications can be filled out online through a new platform, and homeowners should contact 1-888-355-2700 to speak with a Provincial agent, or visit their website at www.gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant to access support services for filing an application.
The Home Owner Grant is a Provincial Government program designed to help homeowners with their property taxes. You must apply for the grant each year. To be eligible, you must occupy the home as your Principal residence.
Principal Residence is generally defined as the usual place that you make your home. It’s where you live and conduct your daily affairs, like paying bills and receiving mail, and it’s generally the residence used in your government records for things like your income tax, medical services plan, driver's licence and vehicle registration.
The Home Owner Grant must be claimed by July 31 of the current taxation year to avoid the 10% penalty. To obtain the grant you must complete a benefit application form.
If your mortgage company or another agent pays your property taxes, it is still your responsibility to claim the Home Owner's Grant.
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 of the current taxation in order to be eligible.
There are two categories of grants which may reduce a home owner's property taxes:
To qualify for the additional grant you must be:
For additional information, please contact the Home Owner Grant Administration at 1-888-355-2700 or the Province of BC.