Application Deadline - Friday, September 14, 2018
Distribution Date - Friday, September 21, 2018
We are preparing for the 2018 Tobacco Tax Distribution and will announce when it is ready

Tobacco Tax

Deadline for Tobacco Tax Membership 2017 

The last scheduled Membership meeting for 2017, will be held on October 12, 2017.  You must be a Cowichan Tribes member by November 2017 in order to be eligible for the 2017 Tobacco Tax distribution.   

**Updated Oct. 10, 2017**

Tobacco Tax Application Information
When filling out the forms make sure that your Band Number, Birth Date, Address, Phone Numbers are all correct and MUST BE SIGNED (forms with no signature will not be processed) Please make sure that your application is complete with supporting documents before coming in - otherwise, it will not be processed.

The Tobacco Tax Form is read only, please print and fill out by hand.  They can be mailed, faxed or dropped off in the Lands Building located at 5762 Allenby Road, Duncan, B.C. V9L 5J1 or fax to 250-715-3323  Deadlines to submit the Tobacco Tax forms can be found under the Application Deadline Heading of the 2016 Tobacco Tax Distribution Dates


If I am non-native or non-member, but am the parent/guardian of a Cowichan Tribes child(ren), can I apply? YES. According to the policy, Criteria For Eligibility, item 6 states "The parent/caregiver/guardian who has care and control of the child/children is the person eligible to apply and receive the Tobacco Tax distribution; if in dispute proof of Child Tax benefits or proof of guardianship must be provided".
If I miss the application Deadline, can I still apply? The final application deadline is September 14, 2018. If you do not submit an application by this date, you will not receive your 2017 Tobacco Tax distribution. 
What happens to the funds if I do not apply? All unclaimed funds are carried forward to the 2018 distribution.
Can I have my funds Direct Deposited? Yes you can, if you have an account in Canada. You must provide a void cheque or have your bank fill out a Direct Deposit Form and provide the document to the Tobacco Tax Team. If you fax the document, please make sure to leave a contact number in case any of the information is hard to read, otherwise please scan and email the form to tobtax(at) The form can take up to 5 business days to process, therefore it is up to the member to keep their banking information up to date.
What if I do not have a Canadian Bank account?
Unfortunately Cowichan Tribes is unable to administer direct deposits to banks outside of Canada.
How long before Tobacco Tax distribution should I submit my direct deposit information? Direct deposit forms should be provided to finance the same time you submit your Tobacco Tax application. Finance starts to process the payments as soon as Tobacco Tax Team approves your application. 
Do I have to send in bank information each year? No. You only have to submit a new direct deposit form if your bank account changes.
What happens if I changed bank accounts but forgot to tell Cowichan Tribes? Cowichan Tribes can not retrieve funds that have been submitted as direct deposit for active accounts. If an account has been closed, Cowichan Tribes will have to wait until the funds are returned from the bank institute before they are able to re-issue.


Nov 24, 2017 Dec 14, 2017
Jan 19, 2018 Jan 26, 2018
Apr 13, 2018 Apr 20, 2018
Jul 13, 2018 Jul 20, 2018
Sep 14, 2018 Sep 21, 2018
Amount Per Member $264.50

Updated November 20, 2017
If you have not sent in your direct deposit form as of Today November 20, 2017, there is no guarantee that your money can be direct deposited for Tobacco Tax December 14, 2017 distribution.
Multiple incomplete tobacco tax applications have been faxed in. The following are the reasons for them being incomplete:
  • Missing page 2 (only page one was faxed in)
  • Missing a signature
  • Missing supporting documents such as documents to prove who has custody of children. These documents are required to ensure the correct person receives the child's distribution.

When trying to contact applicants regarding the missing information the contact number is no longer in service. If you aren't sure if this applies to you, please call the Tobacco Tax team 250-748-3196 ext 372 or email tobtax(at)

Incomplete applications can not be processed, please follow up with the tobacco tax team so you can be sure to receive your distribution on December 14, 2017.

Please always keep your contact information up to date - it is important for us to be able to keep in contact with our membership.

2017 Distribution
2017 Tobacco Tax amount: 
$264.50 per member.
Distribution Date:
December 14, 2017 from 9am - 4pm
Distribution Location:
Si'em Lelum Gym Dinning Hall

If you missed the distribution date of December 14, 2017 you can still submit your 2017 Tobacco Tax forms ON OR BEFORE the following dates:  

Jan. 19, 2018 - distribution Jan 26, 2018
Apr. 13, 2017 - distribution Apr. 20, 2018
July 13, 2017 - distribution July 20, 2018
Sept. 14,2017 - distribution Sept. 21, 2018    

All distribution cheques can be picked up at the Lands Building in the Membership Department.  
September 14, 2018 is the deadline for the 2017 Distribution.  Funds not applied for by the date will go back into the community distribution.  
2017 Tobacco Tax Distribution will be on December 14, 2017, Siem Lelum dining hall from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The amount per person is $264.50.  
  **Updated Oct. 18/17

Tobacco Tax Applications

The 2017 form can be picked up in the Lands Building.


Incomplete forms will not be processed