Home Owner Grant

About the Home Owner Grant

The Provincial Home Owner Grant Administration program helps reduce the amount of residential property taxes British Columbians pay. The grant is available each year to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who live in BC. You must apply for the grant every year if you are eligible.

For more information on the Home Owner Grant, contact:

Home Owner Grant Administration Program
Tel: 1-888-355-2700
Fax: 1-250-356-8994
Email: mailto: hogadmin@gov.bc.ca

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Eligibility

To determine if you are eligible for the grant:

  • review the eiligibility requirements on your application at the bottom of your tax notice.
  • for additional information, review the Home Owner Grant information.

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How to Claim

Claim online

  • to claim the Home Owner Grant (HOG) online use the City's eHOG system, go to the Claim your Home Owner Grant  page and type in your property folio number and access code.
  • Both are located on your property tax notice under your address.
  • Follow the screen prompts to complete the application by the tax due date to avoid penalty charges.

Claim in Person or by Mail

  • Submit the Home Owner Grant application attached to your property tax notice to the City of Chilliwack Tax Department at City Hall by the tax due date to avoid penalty charges.
  • If you are 65 or over this year, please state your birth date, and tick the Additional Grant.

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Claiming the Additional Grant

To qualify for the additional grant you must also meet the criteria for the basic grant. If you are eligible for the Additional Grant, to apply each year you must indicate on your Home Owner Grant application which ONE of the five categories best describes your qualification. Find detailed information and links to required forms for each category of Additional Grant from the Provincial Home Owner Grant website.

Box Category of Additional Grant Documentation to Submit
with Application

A

Senior: 65 or over during the current year

Each year include your birthdate on the grant application (no additional form needed)

B

Person with Disabilities: Designated person with disabilities receiving assistance under the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act.
NOTE: CPP disability pension is not a qualifier

OR 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 you purchased your princiapl residence with structural modifications made by previous owner that have a value of $2,000 or more

Consent for Release of Information Form (FIN 81) If this is the first year applying for the home onwer grant for this residence, provide supporting documentation such as a copy of the Confirmation of Assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation or the Home Owner Grant Consent for Release of Information (Fin 81)

Certificate of Health Professional and Property Owner (Form B) (Fin 74) along with copies of receipts clearly showing out-of-pocket expenses

 

C

Living with spouse or relative of person with permanent disabilities

Certificate of Health Professional and Property Owner  (Form B) (Fin 74). If this is the first year applying for the home owner grant for this residence, attach a completed Form B - Certificate of Physician and Property Owner (Fin 74)

D

Veteran: The surviving spouse of a veteran who received a War Veterans allowance under the War Veteran Allowance Act (Canada) or Civilian War Related Benefits Act can apply

Confirmation letter from Veteran Affairs Canada showing you receive a War Veterans Allowance in the first year of application

E

Spouse or relative of deceased owner: Under certain circumstances you may apply on behalf of the deceased owner

If the applicant is unable to sign for a grant another individual may sign on their behalf but they must identify themselves as the agent of the owner by providing their name and contact telephone number on the form.

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What is the threshold for Grants?

The phase-out threshold of the Home Owner Grant is $1,600,000 for the 2017 tax year.

  • The grant amount is reduced by $5 for every $1,000 your property value is over the threshold.
  • The regular grant is eliminated on properties assessed at $1,714,000 or more.
  • The additional grant is eliminated on properties assessed at $1,769,000
    or more.

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Retroactive Grant: Forgot to Claim Last Year's Home Owner Grant?

If you have missed the deadline to apply for the Provincial Home Owner Grant for the previous year, you can still apply for the grant if you are the registered owner of the property at the time of application, and reside at the property on December 31. The application for the Retroactive Home Owner Grant must be submitted by December 31 of the year following the year to which the grant applies. If the applicant is unable to sign for the grant, another individual may sign on their behalf but they must identify themselves as the agent of the owner by providing their name and contact telephone number on the form.

After the Home Owner Grant Administration office in Victoria approves your grant application, the following will occur:

  • if your property tax account is paid in full on the day the Retroactive Home Owner Grant application is finalized at the City's Property Tax Department, the City will instruct the Home Owner Grant Office in Victoria to forward the refund directly to you.
  • if your property tax account has an outstanding balance, the Home Owner Grant Office in Victoria will forward the funds directly to the City to be applied to the property tax account.

Vist the Province of British Columbia's website for more information regarding the Retroactive Home Owner Grant.

All applications are subject to approval from the Home Owner Grant Administration Office in Victoria.

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Unable to Apply?

If an eligible owner is unable to apply another individual may sign the Home Owner Grant on their behalf but they must identify themselves as the agent of the owner by providing their name and contact telephone number of the form.

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Co-op Housing Home Owner Grant

Property taxes for co-ops are based on their tax rate and your unit share of the co-op itself. If you own a share in a co-op, you may be eligible  to claim  the Home Owner Grant to reduce the property taxes you pay.

Co-op owners, together, need to complete a Form A Certificate of Eligible  Occupants and Owner's Certificate to claim their Home Owner Grants and calculate each owner's share of property tax. Form A includes a Certificate of eligible Occupants and an Owner's Certificate.

Co-op owners must send their jointly-completed Form A, along with their individual property tax payments, to the City of Chilliwack by the tax due date to avoid any penalties.

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Low Income Supplement

Eligible for the Low Income Supplement?

If your grant amount was reduced because of the high assessed value of your principal residence and you have an adjusted net income of $32,000 or less you can apply to receive a Low-Income Supplement for all or part of the amount your grant was reduced. Review the Home Owner Grant information to see if you qualify.

Eligible for the Veteran's Low Income Supplement?

If you are a Veteran under 65 and live in a low income household you may also qualify for a supplement if you have an adjusted net income of $32,000 or less. The supplement is applied to the amount of property taxes over the minimum tax amount of $350. Apply for the supplent by completing the Home Owner Grant - Veteran's Supplement (FIN 79) attaching the required documentation and submitting both to  Home Owner Grant Administration in Victoria.

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For more information:

Tax Department
Tel: 604-792-9498
Email: taxes@chilliwack.com

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