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Home owner grants
You can reduce the amount of residential property taxes you pay, through the Province of BC's Home Owner Grant program.
Effective 2021, you must submit your application directly to the province. Municipalities no longer accept current or retroactive grant applications. To apply, review the eligibility requirements on this page. If you are eligible, you can apply on the Province of BC's website, once you receive your property tax notice.
Questions about applying?
If you have questions about applying for a home owner grant, contact the Provincial Property Taxation Branch. You'll find contact details on their website.
General grant eligibility requirements
There are two available grants: basic and additional. These are the general requirements for each:
Basic grant (up to $570)
You may qualify for a basic grant if you:
- are the registered owner or eligible occupant
- are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- live in BC
- 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)
- a veteran
- a person with disabilities
- living with a spouse or relative with disabilities
Get more details of eligibility requirements
You can get complete eligibility requirements for home owner grants from the Province of BC's website.
If you qualify for the additional grant, and your 2021 assessed home value is more than $1,625,000, 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.
- Check to see if you qualify for a low-income supplement for seniors
- Apply for the low income supplement
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 2021 tax year, the grant is reduced by $5 for each $1,000 of assessed value over $1,625,000. This means the basic grant is eliminated on homes assessed at $1,739,000 or more. The additional grant is eliminated on homes assessed at $1,794,000 or more.