Home Owner Grant

2021 Changes

Starting in 2021, residents in municipalities no longer apply for the home owner grant through their municipal office. Everyone now applies directly to the province using a new online system that’s easy to use and will process applications faster.  

Home Owner Grant Information

The Provincial Home Owner Grant program helps to reduce the amount of residential property taxes that homeowners pay on their primary residence and is available to homeowners that pay property taxes to a municipality or to the province if they live in a rural area.

If you qualify for the Home Owner Grant (HOG), you must apply each year to receive it.  Only one qualifying owner can claim a grant for a property each year.

You may be required to submit additional documentation to establish your eligibility and home owner grants are audited for up to seven years to ensure applicants are eligible for the grants they receive.

The information provided on this form may be shared for the purposes of administering the Land Tax Deferment Act, Property Transfer Tax Act and Taxation (Rural Area) Act.

You must qualify for the Home Owner Grant

The Province of B.C sets out the qualifications for the home owner grant. To qualify for the home owner grant, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • live in BC, and
  • occupy this residence as your principal residence

You may qualify as a homeowner who is:

  • Regular home owner grant
    • Under 65 years of age
  • Additional home owner grant
    • A senior (age 65 or older in the calendar year)
    • A War Veteran
    • A person with disabilities
    • A person living with a spouse or relative with disabilities
    • A spouse or relative of a deceased owner

Claim your Home Owner Grant

Home Owner Grants are now claimed through the Province of BC by completing an online form or by calling 1-888-355-2700.

Important:  To avoid penalties, owners are required to apply annually for the home owner grant prior to the property tax due date. The home owner grant is a form of payment and is subject to the property tax due date. Submit the grant even if you are not making a payment at that time, or your mortgage company pays your property taxes on your behalf.

Get ready to apply

The best time to apply is after you receive your property tax notice in the mail and before your property tax due date.

  1. Wait to receive your property tax notice in the mail.
  2. Keep your property tax notice on hand. It has important numbers you’ll need to apply.
  3. Once applications open, you can apply quickly and easily online.
  4. If you’re unable to apply online, call us at 1-888-355-2700 for assistance.

Who can apply on behalf of a registered owner

Anyone with owner permission can apply on their behalf.

Forgot to claim last year's grant?

The home owner grant may be available retroactively if you qualified last year and didn't apply. 

You can apply for last year’s home owner grant retroactively if you meet the following requirements:

  • You qualified for the grant on December 31st of last year
  • You’re still the registered owner of the property
  • You paid last year's property taxes; if last year's property taxes have been paid

Anyone with your permission can apply on your behalf.

Apply for Your Retroactive Grant

Your application must be received by December 31st of the current year to claim last year’s home owner grant. To apply, you need to complete the Retroactive Home Owner Grant. You may be required to submit additional documentation to establish your eligibility.

For further information

Contact the Province of British Columbia, by visiting the BC Home Owner Grant Program website.