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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

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 Veteran: Recipient (or spouse or spouse of deceased recipient) 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
C 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
Consent for Release of Information form (FIN 81) Completed and signed by you and your Ministry of Social Development representative each year
  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 principal residence with structural modifications made by a previous owner that have a value of $2,000 or more
 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
D Living with spouse or relative of a person with permanent disabilities Certificate of Physician and Property Owner (Form B) along with copies of receipts 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 if they present either a completed Power of Attorney (FIN 80)  or legal Representation Agreement.

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What is the Threshold for Grants?

The phase-out threshold of the Home Owner Grant increased to $1,200,000 for the 2016 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 $1,314,000 or more.
  • The additional grant is eliminated on properties assessed at $1,369,000 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.

Attach copies of at least two of the following documents to support your residency. These documents must be in your name and have a billing date in December, and include your residential address.

  • Home telephone bill
  • Home internet service bill
  • Day-to-day banking or credit card statement
  • Owner-occupied home insurance policy, valid in December
  • Owner’s certificate of insurance and vehicle license, valid in December
  • Employment cheque or pension cheque (remittance advice)
  • Moving bills

Note: The Home Owner Grant Administration Office requires bills that are not issued by a municipality or BC Assessments as proof of residency.

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, the Home Owner Grant application may be made by the owner’s committee or a person appointed, in writing, as the owner’s attorney. A Power of Attorney Form must be attached and submitted with the Home Owner Grant application.

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Co-op Housing Home Owner Grant

Property taxes for 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.

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 Owners’ Certificate.

Co-op owners must send their jointly-completed Form A, along with their individual property tax payments, to the City of Abbotsford 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. 

If you are a senior (aged 65 or older) or a person with a disability, 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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