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Home Owner Grant Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 194

The Act entitles owners of eligible residences to apply to the collector for a grant in respect of property taxes. Where it is determined subsequently that a person received a grant or supplement to which the person was not entitled, the Act allows the government to recover the amount of the grant or supplement and interest from the date of the notice of disentitlement.

  • Nature of Interest: Certificate, issued by the grant administrator, stating the amount owed by a person who received a grant or supplement or who is named in a notice of disentitlement if that person has no property on the tax roll of any jurisdiction in British Columbia.
  • Procedure for Enforcement: The grant administrator may file the certificate in the Supreme Court.
  • Electronic Submissions: The Minister of Finance submits a Crown lien application, which includes the certificate, pursuant to director’s directions issued pursuant to s. 168.22(3) of the Land Title Act.
  • Effect of Filing: Certificate, once filed, has the same effect and is enforceable in the same manner as a judgment of the Supreme Court in favour of the government for the recovery of a debt.

Note: Section 17.1 allows the grant administrator to waive or cancel all or part of an amount payable under s. 17, if the grant administrator is satisfied that there is another residence that would have met a person’s principal residence requirement and a grant or supplement would have been received if that person had applied for it.