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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 permanent residents 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: 1-250-356-8904
Email: hogadmin@gov.bc.ca 

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Eligibility

To qualify for a basic grant you must be the registered owner of the residence, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, live in BC and occupy the residence as your principal residence.

To determine if you are eligible for the grant review the eligibility requirements on your application at the bottom of your tax notice

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How to Claim Grant

Claim Online

  • To claim the Home Owner Grant (HOG) online using the City's eHOG system, go to the Electronic Home Owner Grant page, and type in your property folio number and access code. 
  • Both are located on the top left-hand corner of your property tax notice.
  • 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 Abbotsford Tax Division 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 receiving disability assistance:  Person with disabilities receiving assistance under the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act  
Consent for Release of Information Form (FIN 81) Completed and signed by you and your Ministry of Social Development representative in the first year of application
Person with permanent disabilities or living with spouse or relative with permanent disabilities:
Person incurring one of the following costs:
  • 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 principal residence with structural modifications made by a previous owner that have a value of $2,000 or more
You do not qualify if the above costs are paid directly by a provincial agency, federal agency or private insurer through provision of benefits.
Certificate of Physician and Property Owner (Form B) along with copies of receipts clearly showing out-of-pocket expenses in the first year of application

NOTE: CPP disability pension or WCB does not automatically qualify a person for this grant
D Veteran:  Surviving spouse of a veteran who received assistance under War Veteran Allowance Act (Canada) or Civilian War-Related Benefits Act 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
Another person may apply for a grant on behalf of the applicant, with their permission, by entering their name, telephone number and signature on the Home Owner Grant application. 
If applying for an additional grant, specifically under Box B or C above, a completed Power of Attorney or legal Representation Agreement must be presented to the City.

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What is the Threshold for Grants?

The phase-out threshold of the Home Owner Grant increased to $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 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, are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, lived in BC, and occupied the property as your principal residence on December 31 of the previous tax year. If the property taxes on the residence for the previous tax year have been paid, the applicant must have paid those taxes.

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.

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 Division, 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.

Visit the Province's website for more information regarding the Retroactive Home Owners 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 person may apply for a grant on behalf of of the applicant, with their permission, by entering their name, telephone number and signature on the Home Owner Grant application. If applying for an additional grant, specifically for a person with disabilities, a completed Power of Attorney or legal Representation Agreement must be attached to the Home Owner Grant application and submitted to the City.

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Co-op Housing Home Owner Grant

Property taxes for housing co-operatives ("co-ops") are based on the applicable 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.

All eligible occupants in the co-op must individually complete the Home Owner Grant, Eligible Occupants application form and submit it to the co-op owner. The co-op owner will use the information on these individual forms to complete the Multiple Home Owner Grant Online Application on the Province of BC's eTax website.  This online application calculates each owner's share of property tax.  

Co-op owners must send printed copies of the Multiple Home Owner Grant Application, along with the individually completed Home Owner Grant applications signed by eligible occupants, to the City of Abbotsford. These forms and individual property tax payments must be submitted to the City by the tax due date to avoid penalties. 

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Low Income Supplement

Eligible for the Low Income Supplement?

If you are a senior (aged 65 or older) or a person with disabilities and 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. 

You must apply for the Home Owner Grant and the Low Income Supplement separately.  Apply for the supplement by completing the Home Owner Grant Low Income Supplement Application (FIN 65), attaching the required documentation and submitting both to Home Owner Grant Administration in Victoria.

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 supplement by completing the Home Owner Grant - Veterans Supplement (FIN 79), attaching the required documentation and submitting both to Home Owner Grant Administration in Victoria.

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For more information:

Property Tax and Utility Department
Tel: 604-864-5522
Email: cash@abbotsford.ca

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