Starting in 2021, B.C. homeowners will apply for their homeowner grant through the Province, not their municipality, which will make applying for the grant quicker and easier.
The homeowner grant program provides tax relief to B.C. homeowners each year. The change to provincial administration will streamline the process and ensure everyone who is eligible receives a reduction in their annual property taxes.
Prior to this change, local governments administered the program in municipalities and the Province administered the rural grant program. Budget 2020 announced the centralization of the program following discussions with municipalities that told government that administration of the yearly grant program was a burden.
Annual tax notices will continue to be sent by municipalities but will include a link to the Province’s online grant application. Homeowners should apply once they receive their property tax notice. If they have not yet applied for their 2020 grant, they can do so retroactively now at: https://gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant
B.C. municipalities have helped the Province administer the homeowner grant program following its introduction in 1957.
To learn more about the homeowner grant and to apply online, visit: https://gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant
B.C. homeowners can have questions about the program answered and get help applying with a call centre agent at 1 888 355-2700 (toll-free), Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific time), excluding statutory holidays.