Property Tax Deferment

Tax deferment is a low interest loan program that helps qualified BC homeowners pay their annual property taxes on their principal residence. 

You may qualify for the Regular Program if you are one of the following:

  • 55 or older during the current year
  • A surviving spouse of any age
  • A person with disabilities

You may qualify for the Families with Children Program if you are a parent, stepparent or financially supporting a child. You must also meet applicant, property and equity qualifications to be eligible for this program.

If you qualify for the deferment program, you can submit an application to defer your unpaid property taxes between early May and December 31 of the current tax year.

Please note you may be subject to late payment penalties through the City of Nanaimo if:

  • your application for deferment is not approved and it is past the property tax due date (first business day in July)
  • your application for deferment is withdrawn or rejected for any reason by yourself or the Tax Deferment Office after the tax due date
  • you apply for deferment after the tax due date

For up-to-date information and details about the deferment program, please visit the Province of BC's website.

Important Information About Property Tax Deferment

  • Regular Property Tax Deferment Program

  • Families with Children Tax Deferment Program

  • Property Tax Deferment Annual Renewal and Statement of Account

  • When to apply for the deferment of property taxes

  • Where to apply for Property Tax Deferment

  • Processing time - How long does it take?

  • Property Title Changes While in Tax Deferment

  • Repay Your Deferment Loan

  • Interest and Fees for Property Tax Deferment

  • Understanding Property Equity

Provincial Deferment Office contact info:


Telephone: 250 387-0555

Or toll free: 1 888 355-2700


Last updated: February 21, 2023

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