Home Owner Grant

Home Owner Grant Information

The Home Owner Grant is one of three property tax assistance programs offered by the province. The program began in 1957 to help homeowners reduce the amount of taxes they pay on their home. The home owner grant program includes the following types of grants:

  • Basic
  • Additional
  • Retroactive

More about the Home Owner Grant program

Basic Homeowner Grant Eligibility

To be eligible for the basic grant, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant and ordinarily reside in British Columbia.
  • You are the registered owner or eligible occupant of the home. The home must be located within the province.
  • The home is your principal residence -where you live and conduct your daily activities. The grant does not apply to summer cottages, second homes or rental properties.
  • Spouses who live together, including those who are married or who live together in a marriage-like relationship, including same-gender partners, can qualify for a grant on only one residence in the province in a calendar year.
  • Spouses who live apart can each claim a grant on their principal residence if they have a written separation agreement or a court order recognizing the separation.

Additional Home Owner Grant

As announced in 2009, a northern and rural homeowner benefit is also available to tax payers residing in the Village of Pemberton who meet the requirements for the basic Home Owner Grant.

Seniors, persons with permanent physical disabilities and veterans may be eligible for an additional grant.

You may be eligible if you must meet the criteria for the basic grant, plus one of the following.

You are:

  • 65 or will be turning 65 during the current year,
  • receiving a disability allowance under the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act,
  • permanently disabled or you have a disabled spouse or relative residing with you permanently,
  • veteran or spouse of a veteran who served in World War I, World War II or the Korean War, receiving an allowance under the War Veterans Allowance Act (Canada) or the Civilian War-related Benefits Act (Canada).

By completing and submitting your Home Owner Grant, you will automatically be applying for both the basic Home Owner Grant and the Northern and Rural Home Owner Benefit.

If you are applying for the additional grant, you do not need to apply separately for the basic grant. The two amounts will be calculated together. Complete section 2 of the Home Owner Grant application.

More about Additional Grants

Retroactive Homeowner Grant

It's not too late! If you did not claim your Home Owner Grant last year but were eligible, you can still apply for a retroactive Home Owner Grant.

More about Retroactive Home Owner Grants

Claiming Your Homeowner Grant

How to Claim Your Homeowner Grant

If you are eligible, you can claim your Home Owner Grant by phone or online (also called eHog).

Even if your financial institution pays the taxes on your behalf, you are still responsible for claiming your Home Owner Grant.

Deadline

To avoid a 10% penalty, if you are claiming a Home Owner Grant, be sure to submit your completed grant on or before 4:30pm, of the due date to the Province by:

Claim your Home Owner Grant

When you claim your electronic Home Owner Grant (eHOG) online, the Village receives notice from the Province. All claims are subject to review before they are approved or denied.

Information You Need to Claim your eHog

To claim your eHOG you will need:

  • your roll number

You can find your properties roll number on the front of your Property Tax Notice.

Home Owner Grant Due Date

Any Home Owner Grant not claimed by the July due date will be subject to a 10% penalty. After the July due date, you can still claim the Home Owner Grant until Dec 31 of the current tax year to the Province:

  • phone
  • online eHOG

After December 31, you will need to complete a Retroactive Home Owner Grant. 

Homeowner FAQ

What is a Home Owners Grant?

The Home Owner Grant is one of three property tax assistance programs offered by the province. The program began in 1957 to help homeowners reduce the amount of taxes they pay on their home. The home owner grant program includes the following types of grants:

  • Basic
  • Additional
  • Retroactive

How Can I Claim My Home Owner Grant?

To claim your Home Owner Grant, be sure to submit your completed grant on or before 4:30pm, of the due date to the Village of Pemberton by:

  • online (eHOG)
  • by phone

My bank/mortgage company pays for my taxes. Do I still need to claim a home owner grant?

Yes. Even if your financial institution pays the taxes on your behalf, you are still responsible for claiming your Home Owner Grant.

What is an eHog?

AN eHOG is a Home Owner Grant which you can claim electronically online. When you claim your electronic home owner grant (eHOG), we receive your claim from the Province. All claims are subject to review before they are approved or denied.

How do I claim my Home Owner Grant electronically?

To claim your Home Owner Grant electronically, you will need your roll number, which can both found on your Property Tax Notice.

If I'm eligible and do not claim my home owner grant, what happens?

Any Home Owner Grant not claimed by the July due date will be subject to a 10% penalty. After the July due date, you can still claim the Home Owner Grant until Dec 31 of the current tax year.