Home Owner Grants

The Provincial Home Owner Grant (HOG) program helps reduce the amount of residential property taxes British Columbians pay. The grant is available each year to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who live in British Columbia. You must apply for the grant every year if you are eligible.  There are three different types of Home Owner Grants; Regular, Seniors and Persons with disabilities.  See below for eligibility information for any one of these grants.

Claim your 2018 Home Owner Grant Online

** Not Available at this time***  If you have forgot to Claim your 2018 Home Owner Grant you have until December 31st, 2019 to claim it retroactively.  Please see below under Retroactive Home Owner Grant for the form and more information

Claim your Home Owner Grant online by clicking this link: 2018 Home Owner Grant  You will need your folio number and access code in order to proceed.  These can be found on your property tax notice as shown below:

                   

Home Owner Grants - The different types and eligibility

Qualifications and Requirements

Basic Home Owner Grant

Qualifications - all MUST be met:

  1.  You live in British Columbia
  2. You occupy the residence as your principal residence
  3. You are a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident
  4. You are the registered owner of the residence

Required Action and Documentation:

Application must be submitted/filled out each year - no additional documentation is required

Seniors Home Owner Grant

Qualifications - all must be met

  1.  You live in British Columbia
  2. You occupy the residence as your principal residence
  3. You are a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident
  4. You are the registered owner of the residence
  5.  You are 65 or over during the current year. eg:  For the 2018 Tax Year, you would have to have been born in 1953 or earlier

Required Action and Documentation:

Application must have your birth date and year filled out and must be submitted/filled out each year - no additional documentation is required

Additional Home Owners Grant

To qualify for the additional grant you must also meet the criteria for the basic grant and one of the two options listed below:

Basic Requirements: 

  1.  You live in British Columbia
  2. You occupy the residence as your principal residence
  3. You are a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident
  4. You are the registered owner of the residence

PLUS either:

Option 1

Person receiving disability assistance:  You are a person with disabilities receiving assistance under the Province of British Columbia's Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act. 

Note: CPP disability pension or WCB does not automatically qualify a person for this grant

Required Action and Documentation

or

 Option 2

As a Person with severe mental or physical disabilities or living with spouse or relative with disabilities you are incurring one of the following costs:

  • You are paying at least $150 per month for assistance with daily living activities in your principal residence
  • You have spent at least $2,000 for qualifying modifications to your principal residence
  • You purchased your principal residence with qualifying modifications made by a previous owner that have a value of at least $2,000

Required Action and Documentation

If this is your first year applying, you will need to provide the following form:

 

Retroactive Home Owner Grant

The Home Owner Grant may be available retroactively if you qualified last year and didn't apply. Please review the Home Owner Grant Eligibility Requirements (above) to ensure you apply for the correct grant.

Retroactive Home Owner Grant applications (PDF) must be submitted to the City of Nanaimo by December 31 of the year following the year to which the grant applies.

After Approval

After the Home Owner Grant Administration office in Victoria approves your grant application, the following will occur:

  • If your Property Tax account is paid in full on the day the Retroactive Home Owner Grant application is finalized at the City’s Property Tax Division, the City will instruct the Home Owner Grant Office in Victoria to forward the refund directly to you
  • If your Property Tax account has an outstanding balance, the Home Owner Grant Office in Victoria will forward the funds directly to the City to be applied to the Property Tax account

More Information:

Visit the Province's website for more information regarding the Retroactive Home Owners Grant or contact the Home Owner Grant Administration office at 1-888-355-2700.  All applications are subject to approval from the Home Owner Grant Administration Office in Victoria.

Spouse or relative of deceased owner
Under certain circumstances you may apply on behalf of the deceased owner.  See what is required by clicking Spouse or Relative of a deceased owner under Additional Home Owner Grant - Qualifications and Requirements.
Home Owner Grant Thresholds

The Home Owner Grant phase-out threshold has increased to $1,650,000 for the 2018 tax year.

  • The additional grant is eliminated on properties assessed at $1,819,000 or more
  • The grant amount is reduced by $5 for every $1,000 your property value is over the threshold
  • The regular grant is eliminated on properties assessed at $1,764,000 or more
Supplement For Veterans Under 65

If you are a Veteran under 65 and live in a low-income household you may also qualify for a supplement.

You must apply for the Home Owner Grant and the veterans supplement separately.

To apply for the veterans supplement, complete the Home Owner Grant Veterans Supplement Application (FIN 79) (PDF) and submit it to the Home Owner Grant Administration with the required documentation, by December 31 of the current year. For more information, please visit the Home Owner Grant Administration.

Veterans and the Home Owner Grant
Surviving spouse of a veteran who received assistance under War Veteran Allowance Act (Canada) or Civilian War-Related Benefits Act.  See what is required by clicking Veteran under Additional Home Owner Grant - Qualifications and Requirements.

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Last updated: April 4, 2019

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