Home Owner Grant and Deferred Tax Loan

Home Owner Grant

The home owner grant is designed to help homeowners with their property taxes. To determine eligibility, please refer to the Explanatory Notes - Home Owner Grant on the back of your property tax notice. 

There are two categories of grants which may reduce your property taxes payable. Depending on your home's assessed value and your age, you may qualify for one of the following:
 
     ▪ Basic Grant: up to $770
     ▪ Additional Grant: for those 65 and older of up to $1045
     
Homeowners eligible for the basic grant must pay a minimum property tax of $350. Homeowners eligible for the additional grant must pay a minimum property tax of $100.

The Home Owner Grant must be claimed by the Tax Due Date to avoid penalty. You will not receive the grant if you fail to complete the application form.

There are now two options for claiming your Home Owner Grant:
 
     ▪ Use the form on your property tax notice
     ▪ Avoid line ups and use the online form. (The online is usually disabled 
       from Jan 1st until the current year's tax notices are sent out.)

Click here to apply eHOG

Unclaimed grants constitute unpaid current taxes and are subject to penalties. You may claim the grant without making a payment.  Your grant must be claimed each and every year that you are eligible.

Retroactive Home Owner Grant Application

Your application must be received by December 31st of the current year to claim last year’s home owner grant. To apply you need to complete a Retroactive Home Owner Grant Application (FIN 92) (PDF). You may be required to submit additional documentation to establish your eligibility.

Defer Your Property Taxes

Once you receive your property tax notice, you may be able to apply for a low interest loan to pay your current year property taxes on your principal residence.

There are two programs you may qualify for (click here or on the links below for more information and to apply): 
 
     ▪ Regular Program: you may qualify if you’re 55 or older, or a surviving 
       spouse of any age, or a person with disabilities 
     ▪ Families with Children Program: you may qualify if you're a parent, 
       stepparent or financially supporting a child. 
  
You can apply to defer a portion or all of your residential (class 1) or residential and farm (class 1 and 9) property taxes after the home owner grant is deducted.

You must apply to renew your tax deferment agreement each year if you want the province to continue to pay your property taxes on your behalf. The renewal process is not automatic. Renewal application can be found here.

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