Home Owner Grants

The Home Owner Grant is available to individuals who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and reside permanently in British Columbia. A homeowner is entitled to the grant if he/she occupies an eligible residence as his/her principal residence. The grant is not automatically given.  It must be applied for each year. An owner, together with his/her spouse, qualifies for a Provincial Home Owner Grant for only one residence in the Province in any one calendar year.  Eligible property owners must apply for the Home Owner Grant by the due date each year, to avoid penalty charges being applied to that portion of the property taxes. The application form is located on the detachable stub at the bottom of your property Tax Notice.

If your mortgage company or other agent pays your property taxes, it is your responsibility to claim the grant by completing the Home Owner Grant application online or delivering it to Oak Bay municipal hall on or before the property tax due date.

You can also claim the Home Owner Grant online.

The Basic Home Owner Grant

  • The basic home owner grant can reduce your property tax by as much as $570, if your property taxes are at least $920. Your grant cannot reduce your net payment below $350. If eligible for the basic grant, you should claim the grant prior to the tax due date even if you do not make a payment
  • The grant is reduced on higher valued properties by $5 for each $1,000 of assessed value over $1,600,000. The grant is eliminated on properties assessed at $1,714,000 or more.
  • Home Owner Grants for the current year can be claimed until December 31st of the following year, but penalties will be applied if not received by the close of business on the tax due date. A penalty of 10% will be applied to the grant, in addition to any outstanding taxes after the tax due date.

Additional Home Owner Grant

  • The additional home owner grant can reduce your property taxes by as much as $845, if your property taxes are at least $945. Your grant cannot reduce your net payment below $100. If eligible for the additional grant, you should claim the grant prior to the tax due date even if you do not make a payment.
  • The grant is reduced on higher valued properties, by $5 for each $1,000 of assessed value over $1,600,000. That means the additional grant is eliminated on properties assessed at $1,769,000 or more.
  • If you are applying for the additional grant, you do not need to apply separately for the regular grant. The two amounts will be calculated together.
  • Home Owner Grants for the current year can be claimed until December 31st of the following year, but penalties will be applied if not received by the close of business on the tax due date. A penalty of 10% will be applied to the grant, in addition to any outstanding taxes after the tax due date.

For more information, please visit the Home Owner Grant Administration website or contact the District of Oak Bay Property Tax clerk at 250-598-3311.

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