Home Owner Grants
Beginning January 1, 2021, municipalities will no longer accept retroactive or current Home Owner Grant applications. All applications will be made directly through the Provincial Home Owner Grant website at: www.gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant
The Home Owner Grant is a provincial subsidy program that reduces the amount of property tax you pay for your principal residence. Property owners must meet eligibility requirements and complete an application each year.
In 2021, applications for current and retroactive grants will be made through the Province directly. The City of Chilliwack will no longer accept the grant applications at our office. The home owner grant application process has changed, but program details and eiligibility requirements have not changed.
Most homeowners are eligible for the regular (basic) grant.
In addition to the regular (basic) grant, you may qualify for an additional grant if you are:
The best time to apply is after you receive your property tax notice in the mail and before the property tax due date.
- Wait to receive your property tax notice in the mail.
- Keep your property tax notice on hand. It has important numbers you'll need to apply.
- Once applications are open, you can apply quickly and easily online at gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant
- If you are unable to apply online, call 1-888-355-2700 for assitance.
Eligibility information on Home Owner Grants is available on the on the Province of British Columbia's website.
Retroactive 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.
Starting in 2021, City of Chilliwack residents not longer apply for the retroactive home owner grant at our office. All applications must be submitted to the Province.
Vist the Province of British Columbia's website for more information regarding the Retroactive Home Owner Grant.
Multiple Home Owner Grant
The multiple home owner grant allows property owners to apply for the home owner grant on behalf of eligible occupants living in their building or on their property.
If you own property that qualifies for the multiple home owner grant, you must apply for the grant each year and pass on the benefit to your eligible occupants.
- Housing co-operative building
- Housing corporation building
- Housing society building
- Provincially designated apartment building
- Land co-operative
- Multi-dwelling leased parcel
Visit the Province of British Columbia's website for more information regarding the Multiple Home Owner Grant.
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. The supplement is available to seniors and persons with disabilities. Review the Supplement for Seniors or Supplement for Persons with Disabilities information to see if you qualify.
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. For more information, review Home Owner Grant - Veteran's Supplement, to see if you qualify.
The phase-out threshold of the Home Owner Grant is $1,625,000 for the 2021 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 $1,739,000 or more.
- The additional grant is elimiated on properties assessed at $1,794,000 or more.