To qualify for the home owner grant:
- You must
- Be the registered owner of the residence (or a spouse or relative of the deceased owner).
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
- Live in B.C.
- Occupy the residence as your principal residence.
- The assessed or partitioned value of your property must not exceed the grant threshold.
- Ensure you meet additional requirements if you are buying or selling your property.
To qualify for the home owner grant, your principal residence must be taxed as an improvement.
You must occupy your principal residence when you apply for the home owner grant. However, if you meet certain requirements, you may still be able to apply for the grant if you:
- Work outside the province.
- Are absent for reasons such as medical, travel, education or home renovations.
- Moved into a residential care facility.
- Moved out of your principal residence because it was damaged.
Proof of residency in Province
- lease agreement
- rent receipt
- household bill
- cable television
- driver's license
- vehicle registration or car insurance
- membership in social or professional organization
- bank information
- employment information
Proof of housing situation
- letter from landlord about your housing situation
- eviction notice
- disconnection notice
- police report about an incident involving your housing
- moving company quote or invoice
- list of repairs needed in home
- list of expenses for renovations needed for independence in the home
- proof of home ownership (mortgage, property ownership)
Social Insurance Number
- confirmation of SIN letter
- plastic SIN card (non-expired)
Notice of Assessment
A statement from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to each taxpayer, every year, after you have filed a tax return. It tells you the amount of income tax you owe, or the amount of the refund you will get.
If you qualify for the home owner grant, you must apply each year to receive it. You must apply every year because the previous year’s information may be out of date if your circumstances have changed. This may affect your qualifications for the grant.
You can apply for the grant online or by phone:
- To get started, you’ll need the jurisdiction and roll number for the property you are applying for. These numbers can be found on your tax notice or by searching on BC Assessment.
- Once you have your supporting documents, you can apply online and submit all the required documentation.
- You may be required to submit additional documentation to support your application. Learn more about which documents may be required.
- After you apply, you can check your application status online using your confirmation number.
Apply by Phone
- You can apply by phone with the help of government agents: Dial 1-888-355-2700
- Call Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, excluding statutory holidays.
Applying as a person with a disability
If you are applying as a person with a disability (PWD) as designated under the Province of B.C.’s Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act and this is your first time applying for this type of grant, you need to either:
- Provide a copy of your Confirmation of Assistance. You can obtain this by accessing My Self Service or by contacting the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction at 1-866-866-0800, or
- Provide a completed, signed and scanned Home Owner Grant Consent for Release of Information (FIN 81) (PDF).
If you are applying as a person with a disability or the spouse or relative of a person with a disability who resides with you and this is your first time applying for this type of grant, you need to:
- Provide a completed, signed and scanned Certificate of Health Professional and Property Owner (Form B) (FIN 74) (PDF). Include scans of original receipts supporting the costs incurred as identified in part B (Question 2) of the form.
When to apply
- Apply for the home owner grant when you receive your property tax notice.
- You can submit your application early, but your application will not be processed until after tax notices are mailed. You can always check the status of your application online using your confirmation number.
- Late payment penalties may apply to your property taxes if your grant application is not received before the due date. The grant is a form of payment towards your property taxes and it is considered a late payment if you apply late.
- However, you can still apply for the home owner grant until December 31 of the current tax year. You can apply even if you haven’t paid your property taxes.
- If you qualified for the grant last year and didn’t apply, you may be able to claim the grant retroactively for up to one year.
If you have any questions about the home owner grant, call toll Free: 1-888-355-2700 or by mail to: PO Box 9446 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8W 9R7.