Although the application process has changed, program details and eligibility requirements have not changed.
The new system helps ensure homeowners receive their full grant entitlement, including the additional grant for seniors or persons with a disability. It also helps process applications faster and reduce fraudulent applications.
Do I qualify for the Home Owner Grant?
The Home Owner Grant is one of three property tax assistance programs offered by the Province of British Columbia. The program began in 1957 to help homeowners reduce the amount of taxes they pay on their home. There are two categories of grants:
- The regular grant may reduce your taxes by as much as $770 ($570 + $200 NRAHOB benefit)
- The additional grant may reduce your taxes by as much as $1045 ($845 + $200 NRAHOB benefit) .
To qualify for the grant you must be a Canadian citizen or Landed immigrant who resides permanently in British Columbia and occupies an eligible residence which must be your primary residence. A homeowner may qualify for either the regular grant or the additional grant, not both. To receive the grant, both the owner and the property must meet the qualification requirements. If you are eligible for the Home Owner Grant, the completed application is due by the property tax due date. A penalty is applied to any portion of your property taxes that are not paid by the tax due date, this includes the portion covered by the Home Owner Grant, should you fail to apply before taxes are due. For more information on qualifying and applying for the Provincial Home Owner Grant, download our Home Owner Grant Factsheet and see the following BC Government websites.
Beginning in the 2012 tax year, low-income veterans who are not eligible for the additional grant may qualify for the veterans supplement. For complete program details and qualifications, please see the Home Owner Grant Veterans Supplement Information Sheet.
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. See the Low Income Grant Supplement Information Sheet for more details.
Minimum Tax Requirement
You must pay at least $350 per year in property taxes before claiming a regular home owner grant or at least $100 before claiming an additional grant.
What is the Northern and Rural Area Homeowner Benefit (NRAHOB)?
The NRAHOB is a benefit of up to $200 that is available for the 2011 and subsequent tax years. This amount has been included in the grant figures above.
To be eligible for the NRAHOB benefit, you must meet the requirements for the basic and/or additional grant, and your home must be located in British Columbia but outside the Capital Regional District (CRD), the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) and the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD). Sechelt residents qualify for this grant.
The Grant Threshold is $1,650,000. You may be able to claim the full grant amount if your property has an assessed or partitioned value of $1,650,000 or less. If you meet all requirements but your property’s assessed or partitioned value is over $1,650,000, you may qualify for the grant at a reduced amount. The grant is reduced by $5 for each $1,000 of assessed value over $1,650,000. This means the grant isn’t available for properties assessed over $1,804,000 in a northern and rural area.