Home owner grants
You can reduce the amount of residential property taxes you pay, through the Province of BC's 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.
Types of grants available
There are two available 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
If you qualify for the additional grant, and your 2016 assessed home value is more than $1,200,000, you may be eligible for the supplement (provided that your income is below a certain threshold).
This program is administered directly by the provincial Home Owner Grant Administration Office.
Other ways you may be able to claim a grant
Review these special circumstances to see if you have another opportunity to claim a grant.
Did you miss applying for a grant last year?
Did you miss applying for a grant last year that you were qualified for? You may still be able to claim that grant.
Were you away from your principal residence for an extended period?
Normally, you are required to occupy your principal residence at the time you apply for your grant. However, you may still be able to apply for your grant despite being away.
Do you have people living in your building or on your property?
You may be able to apply for a home owner grant on behalf of eligible occupants. You and the eligible occupants must work together to claim the grant each year.
For the 2017 tax year, the grant is reduced by $5 for each $1,000 of assessed value over $1,600,000. 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.