Apply for the Home Owner Grant

A disruption to postal services could happen as soon as July 2. Time limits still apply so you may want to apply using an option that doesn’t require mail services.

If you qualify for the home owner grant, you must apply each year to receive it. How to submit your application depends on where your property is located.

A home owner grant application is included on your property tax notice. If you don’t have your tax notice, contact your municipality or the province if you live in a rural area, apply online, or use the Home Owner Grant Application (FIN 78) (PDF).

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Who Can Apply

Only one qualifying owner can claim a grant for a property each year.

Grant amounts may be higher for homeowners who qualify as a senior, veteran or person with a disability. The homeowner who meets these qualifications must be the one who applies in order to receive the higher grant amount for that residence.

An authorized person can apply on your behalf.

Separated Spouses

If you and your spouse are separated and living apart, you may be able to claim the home owner grant for each of your principal residences. You must have either a written agreement signed by both you and your spouse stating that you have agreed to live apart or a court order recognizing your separation.

Deceased Owner

You can apply for the home owner grant for a property that is still registered in the name of a deceased owner or in the name of the executor or administrator of their estate, if you meet the following requirements:

  • You’re the spouse, child, grandchild, parent, brother or sister of the deceased owner
  • The deceased owner would have qualified for the home owner grant
  • You occupied the residence as your principal residence on the date of the owner’s death
  • The property is still your principal residence

If the owner’s death occurred in the current year, you’ll receive the amount they would have been entitled to.

If the owner’s death occurred in previous years, you’ll receive the amount you qualify for.

When to Apply

Apply for the home owner grant when you receive your property tax notice.

If you’re going to be away when tax notices are mailed, you can apply early with the Home Owner Grant Application (FIN 78) (PDF) and submit it to the office that collects your property taxes. Your application will be processed after tax notices are mailed.

To avoid late payment penalties, your application must be received by the municipal or provincial office that sent your property tax notice before the due date for your taxes.

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.

Required Documentation

Remember to include all required documentation with your application. If any additional documentation is required, the municipal or provincial office that sent your property tax notice will contact you.

How to Submit Your Grant Application

Your home owner grant application must be sent to the municipal or provincial office that sent your property tax notice. You can submit your application using one of the following options:

Online

The province and some municipalities allow you to apply for the home owner grant online.

If your property is located in a municipality, contact your municipality to find out if and how you can apply online.

If your property is located in a rural area, you can apply online through the Rural Home Owner Grant Application. You’ll need the access code and rural folio number on your property tax notice.

Mail or Courier

Send your application by mail or courier to the address provided on your property tax notice.

In Person

If your property is located in a municipality, you can drop off your completed application at the location(s) listed on your property tax notice. For more information, contact your municipality.

If your property is located in a rural area, you can drop off your application at a Service BC Centre near you.

Did You Know?

Financial institutions can no longer submit your home owner grant application for you.

To avoid late payment penalties, make sure your application is received before the due date for your property taxes.

Learn how to submit your application.

Who Qualifies?

Your spouse or relative may qualify for a higher grant amount as a:

To receive the higher grant amount, the person who meets the qualifications must be the one who applies.

Audits

Grant applications are audited for up to 7 years to make sure taxpayers are eligible for the grants they receive.

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