The Home Owner Grant is provided by the British Columbia Government to owners who occupy their residential property. The grant must be claimed each year if the property owner is eligible. Your annual Tax Notice has the Home Owner Grant Application form attached.
The purpose of the home owner grant is to help reduce the amount of residential property tax paid by Canadian citizens or holders of permanent residency status in Canada, who live in British Columbia, and occupy their home as their principal residence. Only one qualifying owner can claim a grant for a property each year.
Also, note that even if you cannot pay your taxes by the July 4th deadline, you should claim the grant, if eligible, before the deadline because the 10% penalty is calculated on the total amount of current taxes owing.
To find out more about the home owner grant program visit the Ministry of Finance website.
The Province of British Columbia sets out the qualifications for the home owner grant. If you are the registered owner of the property, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, live in B.C., and occupy the residence as your principal residence then you may qualify as a homeowner who is:
You can apply for your home owner grant online beginning in May. Here is the link for Online Services to apply for the home owner grant. If that link doesn't work you can copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser.
You will need your property tax notice with your roll number and your access code in the upper right hand corner. If you do not have your notice, please contact the District Office at 250.425.6271 to obtain your access code. Instructions on claiming the home owner grant online are provided when you click on the online service.
You can also apply by completing the home owner grant application attached to the bottom of your property tax notice and returning it to the District of Sparwood.
To avoid penalty, 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 so 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.
The home owner grant may be available retroactively if you qualified last year and didn't apply.
For instructions on how to apply and a list of original documentation that you must provide, please visit the Retroactive Home Owner Grant section of the Province of B.C.'s website.