Property taxes 101
Property taxes are due in early July.
Property owners who haven’t received a tax notice should contact their municipal finance department.
New property owners who don’t receive a tax notice, or received a tax notice with the previous owners’ name(s) on it, should:
- contact the BC Land Title and Survey Authority at 604-630-9630 for a Certificate of Title to prove ownership; and
- complete the Home Owner Grant application available online in most municipalities.
Check the due date
Property taxes must be paid and the Home Owner Grant claimed by the due date to avoid late penalties.
Reduce your taxes with the Home Owner Grant
Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who are permanent residents and whose home is their principal residence may be eligible to claim the Home Owner Grant.
There are several types of grants including the:
- Regular Home Owner Grant;
- Home Owner Grant for seniors;
- Low income grant supplement;
- Home Owner Grant for veterans;
- Home Owner Grant for persons with disabilities;
- Home Owner Grant for deceased home owner (scroll down);
- Multiple Home Owner Grant: When applying for a multiple home owner grant, the eligible occupants spreadsheet is now available online to upload to eTaxBC;
- Retroactive Home Owner Grant.
Apply for your grant here.
Submit your grant documents online here.
Check your grant application status here.
Change your grant application here.
A low-interest loan program lets qualifying property owners defer part, or all, of their property taxes on their principal residence.
The two programs allow deferment:
- the regular deferment for property owners age 55 and older, surviving spouses, or persons with a disability; and
- the families with children deferment program (scroll down).
Home owner grant amounts
The regular grant amount is $570 for properties located in the Capital Regional District, the Metro Vancouver Regional District and the Fraser Valley Regional District. For all other areas of the province the amount is $770.
Grant threshold for 2022
The threshold is $1,975,000. You may be able to claim the full regular grant amount if your property has an assessed or partitioned value of $1,975,000 or less.
If you meet all requirements but your property’s assessed or partitioned value is over $1,975,000, you may qualify for a grant at a reduced amount.
The grant is reduced by $5 for each $1,000 of assessed value over $1,975,000. This means properties assessed up to $2,089,000 ($2,129,000 in a northern and rural area) can receive a partial regular grant.
For the additional grant, properties assessed higher than $2,144,000 ($2,184,000 in a northern and rural area), are not eligible for a Home Owner Grant.