You must claim your grant for the current year, even if you successfully claimed a grant in the prior year.
You can claim your home owner grant either:
Advance taxes: Tuesday, February 2
Main taxes: Tuesday, July 5
Home owner grant: Tuesday, July 5
There are two types of home owner grants – the basic grant and the senior/ additional grant. You may only claim one type of home owner grant. See if you are eligible
To claim your electronic home owner grant online, you need your:
If your grant claim requires additional documents, you can submit them electronically with your grant application. We accept PDF, JPG, JPEG, and BMP document file formats.
You can find these either on your advance or main property tax notice.
Access codes are confidential. To maintain their confidentiality we are required by law to only give them to the registered owner of a property.
Access codes are associated with the owner of the property, not to the property itself. Access codes change automatically when there is a change of ownership.
If you are a new owner looking to claim a home owner grant, you will need to do two things first:
We must have your payment or deferment and home owner grant by July 5 even if there is a Canada Post service disruption.
To make sure your payment arrives on time and without a 5% penalty, please consider paying your taxes through your bank, claiming your home owner grant online, or drop-off your payment or home owner grant at City Hall.
Canada Post postmarks are not proof of an on-time payment receipt.
If you are submitting your grant late, it is best to submit it before the end of the year to avoid any interest charges.
Most banks no longer accept home owner grants. If you pay your taxes in person at your bank, you must submit your grant to us separately.
|Drop off in person||Mailing address|
Ground Floor, City Hall
If you rely on the postal system, or any other means for delivery, your grant must still reach us by the due date to avoid penalty. If the due date is less than one week away, please don't mail your claim because it may not be delivered on time.
In 2016 the home owner grant threshold of assessed value is $1.2 million (from $1.1 million in 2015). The grant is reduced by $5.00 for each $1,000.00 above the threshold.
If you qualify for the seniors or other additional grant, but the grant amount has been reduced or eliminated due to the 1.2 million threshold, you may still be eligible for the low income grant supplement .
If you have concerns about the threshold change, please contact the Province of BC's Home Owner Grant Administration Branch: