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Claim your home owner grant to reduce your property tax

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The home owner grant is a provincial program that helps reduce the amount of residential property tax you pay.

2016 home owner grant threshold

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.

  • The basic grant is eliminated when the assessed value reaches $1.314 million
  • The additional grant is eliminated when the assessed value reaches $1.369 million

If you have concerns about the threshold change, please contact the Province of BC's Home Owner Grant Administration Branch:

Be sure to apply each year

If you're eligible for the grant, the Province of BC reduces your taxes by the grant amount.

You must apply for your home owner grant each year (by the July due date of your main property tax bill) in order to avoid penalties.

You still need to claim your grant if you're paying your taxes through your mortgage, the tax instalment pre-payment plan, or through tax deferment. Even if you can't pay the balance of your taxes for any reason, apply for the grant to reduce your tax amount.

Apply for the grant correctly to avoid unnecessary penalties

If you qualify for the grant, but don't complete the application correctly and completely, your grant can't be processed and the City won't receive the grant money from the Province of BC.

Your property tax account will show an unpaid amount and you will be charged a 5 per cent penalty on the outstanding property tax balance.

As well, if there is still a balance owing on January 1 of the following year, then daily interest will also be charged.

How to claim your home owner grant

Make sure we receive your claim by the tax due date to avoid a penalty.

Online – the fastest, easiest way to claim

Claim your grant online

You can also claim your grant by mail, by fax, and in person (see the contact information on this page).

Don't claim your grant at a bank – most banks no longer accept them.

 Is the due date less than one week away? Don't mail your claim because it may not be delivered on time.

Managing your home owner grant claim

Claim your electronic home owner grant (eHOG)

When you claim your home owner grant online, we receive your claim immediately. Learn more about the electronic home owner grant (eHog).

Are you eligible?

Find out if you’re eligible for a home owner grant – basic or additional - which reduces the amount of property tax you owe to the City of Vancouver.

Request your access code

You need your access code in order to claim your Home Owner Grant online. Find out how to get your access code.

Retroactive home owner grant

The Province allows certain property owners to apply for a missed home owner grant from the prior year.

Home owner grant and penalties

Did you know that you must re-affirm that you are entitled to claim a home owner grant for the current year, even if you successfully claimed it last year? Learn about common mistakes that result in penalties when claiming your home owner grant.

Co-op housing home owner grants

If you own a share in a co-op, you have to claim your home owner grant and pay your property tax - but the home owner grant form is completed jointly by the members of the co-op.

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Contact the Property Tax Office

Ground Floor, City Hall
453 West 12th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4

Monday to Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm 

Mailing address
Revenue Services,
City of Vancouver
PO Box 7747
Vancouver, BC V6B 8R1

Fax: 604-873-7051


When to claim your Home Owner Grant

Claim your grant starting in late May when you receive your main property tax bill.

You should claim it before the tax payment deadline on the second business day in July.

Late penalties apply if you claim after the deadline, until to December 31.

Last modified: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:02:43

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