Apply for the Home Owner Grant
During a postal disruption, 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. You must apply every year because the previous year’s information may be out of date if your residential circumstance has changed. This may affect your qualifications for the grant.
Submit your application to the office that sent your property tax notice.
A home owner grant application is included with 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).
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.
Anyone with your permission can apply on your behalf. However, if you pay your property taxes through your financial institution, your financial institution will not apply for the home owner grant on your behalf.
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.
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 would have qualified for an additional grant, you'll be entitled to the extra grant amount regardless of your status.
If the owner’s death occurred in previous years, you’ll receive the amount you qualify for.
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.
Late payment penalties may apply if your application is not received by the office that sent you your property tax notice before the due date for your taxes. 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.
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.
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:
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.
Send your application by mail to the address provided on your property tax notice.
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.