Claim your home owner grant to reduce your property tax
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.
- Learn more about the home owner grant
- Read the explanatory notes on the home owner grant and eligibility
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
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.