The Home Owner Grant Program began in 1957 by the Surveyor of Taxes office of British Columbia. The program is used to lighten the tax burden on each year’s property taxes.
Two types of Home Owner Grants are available:
- The Regular Grant or $770.00 (for owners under 65 years old), and
- The Additional Grant of up to $1045.00 (for owners over 65 or owners with disabilities)
You may claim the regular grant if your property taxes are at least $350. You may claim the additional grant if your property taxes are at least $100. However, you cannot claim both at the same time. Your grant cannot reduce your net payment below these amounts.
To receive the grant, both the owner and the property must meet the qualification requirements.
If you are away during the regular application period, you can submit an Early Home Owner Grant Application available per request at City Hall.
Home Owner Grant must be claimed before Property Tax payment deadline or interest penalty will be accured.
For more information regarding the Home Owner Grant, please visit the BC Ministry of Small Business and Revenue or call City Hall: (250) 627-1781.
Office Hours: 9:30am – 4:30pm (Monday – Friday)
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and all Statutory Holidays
Expansion to Low-Income Seniors and Others:
Expansion of Home Owner Grant Eligibility to Low-Income Seniors, Certain Veterans, and Certain Persons with Disabilities.
Continuing from the 2007 tax year, the home owner grant is provided to some low-income homeowners or occupants who did not qualify for the additional grant because the property exceeded the assessed threshold value. Key eligibility criteria for the supplement are that a homeowner:
- would qualify for the additional home owner grant amount (seniors, certain veterans and certain persons with disabilities), except that their home is assessed above the threshold; and
- meets low-income criteria.
Details about income eligibility can be found by visiting the website at http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/property-taxes/annual-property-tax/reduce/home-owner-grant or by phoning 1-888-355-2700.
Home Owner Grant Online:
You can apply your home owner grant through this online application.