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Home Owner Grant

Grants to British Columbia Individuals to Receive
Property Tax Reductions on their Principal Residence

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Government of British Columbia

Deadline Date:

12/31/15

Description:

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Grants of up to $1,045 to British Columbia seniors, veterans, persons with disabilities, and family members of persons with disabilities for a reduction on the amount of property tax due for the applicant's principal residence. Funding falls under two primary categories:

1) Home Owner Grant for People Under 65:

The home owner grant reduces the amount of property taxes you pay each year on your principal residence. By applying for the grant your property taxes can be reduced up to $570 or, if your property is located in a northern and rural area, up to $770.

Individuals under 65 may qualify for a larger tax reduction if they are a veteran, have a disability, or are living with a person with a disability.

2) Home Owner Grants for Seniors:

The home owner grant reduces the amount of property taxes you pay each year on your principal residence. By applying for the grant as a senior your property taxes may be reduced up to $845 or, if your property is located in a northern and rural area, up to $1,045.

To qualify, you must be 65 years of age or older.

3) Home Owner Grant for Persons With Disabilities:

The home owner grant reduces the amount of property taxes you pay each year on your principal residence. By applying for the grant as a person with disabilities, or living with a spouse or relative with disabilities, your property taxes may be reduced up to $845 or, if your property is located in a northern and rural area, up to $1,045. 

To qualify, you must be permanently disabled or have a permanently disabled spouse or relative living with you, and to accommodate the needs of the person with disabilities you are paying more than $150 per month for physical assistance, or have spent more than $2,000 for structural modifications to your existing or newly constructed principal residence, or purchased your principal residence with structural modifications made by a previous owner that have a value of $2,000 or more.

4) Home Owner Grant for People Receiving War Veterans Allowance:

The home owner grant reduces the amount of property taxes you pay each year on your principal residence. By applying for the grant as a veteran your property taxes may be reduced up to $845 or, if your property is located in a northern and rural area, up to $1,045.

To qualify, you must be a veteran, or a spouse, widow or widower of a veteran receiving the War Veterans Allowance.

5) Low Income Supplement for Veterans Under 65:

Veterans under the age of 65 who have a low income ($32,000 or less) and qualify for the home owner grant, may also qualify for the veterans low income supplement.

Most low income veterans who qualify and apply for the supplement receive a check for $275. However, the amount of the supplement can increase or decrease depending on your income and the assessed value of your home.

You may qualify for a reduced grant amount if your property value is more than $1,100,000. The grant amount is reduced by $5 for every $1,000 your property value is over $1,100,000. If your property value is $1,269,000 ($1,309,000 in a northern and rural area) or more the grant amount will be reduced to $0.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158481

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Under 65: Up to $570 or $770 in a northern or rural area.
-Seniors: Up to $845 or $1,045 in a northern or rural area.
-Disabilities: Up to $845 or $1,045 in a northern or rural area.
-Veterans: Up to $845 or $1,045 in a northern or rural area.
-Low-Income Veterans Under 65: Typically $275.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for the grant you must:

-Live in B.C.
-Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
-Be the registered owner or eligible occupant of the residence
-Pay property taxes for the residence to a municipality or the province

Pre-Application Information:

The grant is available to qualified residents that pay property taxes to a municipality or the province in a rural area. If you have any questions about the home owner grant, contact your municipality or the province if your property is in a rural area. If you pay your property taxes to a First Nation, contact the First Nation directly.

More information for people under 65 years of age may be found here: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/property-taxes/annual-property-tax/reduce/home-owner-grant/under-65

More information regarding grants for seniors may be found here: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/property-taxes/annual-property-tax/reduce/home-owner-grant/senior

More information for veterans may be found here: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/property-taxes/annual-property-tax/reduce/home-owner-grant/veteran

More information for persons with disabilities may be found here: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/property-taxes/annual-property-tax/reduce/home-owner-grant/person-with-disabilities

A home owner grant application is included on your property tax notice. If you didn't receive or can't find your application, contact the municipal office that collects your property taxes or, if you’re a rural property owner, the provincial office that collects your property taxes or a Service BC Centre. You can also use the Home Owner Grant Application (attached below).

You can apply for the grant until December 31 of the tax year, though it is suggested you apply before your property taxes are due. You don’t need to make a payment to apply for the grant. If you don’t pay your property taxes including any unclaimed grant amount in full, you will be charged late payment penalties on your unpaid balance.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

https://extranet.gov.bc.ca/forms/gov/contact/index.html

Home Owner Grant Administration
PO Box 9991 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9R7

If you have any questions about the veterans low income supplement, contact:

Phone: 250 356-8904 / 1 888 355-2700 (Toll-free)
Fax: 250 356-8994
hogadmin@gov.bc.ca

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