Application Deadline - Friday, November 23, 2018
Distribution Date - Thursday, December 13, 2018

Tobacco Tax

Deadline for Tobacco Tax Membership 2018

The last scheduled Membership meeting for 2018, will be held on October 11, 2018.  You must be a Cowichan Tribes member by November 2018 in order to be eligible for the 2018 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)cowichantribes.com 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.


Jan 18, 2019 Jan 25, 2019
April 12, 2019 April 19, 2019
July 12, 2019 July 19, 2019
Sept 13, 2019 Sept 20, 2019
Amount Per Member $ TBD

Updated November 20, 2017
If you have not sent in your direct deposit form as of Today November 23, 2018, there is no guarantee that your money can be direct deposited for Tobacco Tax December 13, 2018 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)cowichantribes.com

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 13, 2018.

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

2018 Distribution
2018 Tobacco Tax amount: 
$TBD per member.
Distribution Date:
December 13, 2018 from 9am - 4pm
Distribution Location:
Si'em Lelum Gym Dinning Hall

If you missed the distribution date of December 13, 2018 you can still submit your 2018 Tobacco Tax forms ON OR BEFORE the following dates:  

Jan. 18, 2019 - distribution Jan 25, 2019
Apr. 12, 2019 - distribution Apr. 19, 2019
July 12, 2019 - distribution July 19, 2019
Sept. 13, 2019 - distribution Sept. 20, 2019   

All distribution cheques can be picked up at the Lands Building in the Membership Department.  
September 13, 2019 is the deadline for the 2018 Distribution.  Funds not applied for by the date will go back into the community distribution.  
2018 Tobacco Tax Distribution will be on December 13, 2018, Siem Lelum dining hall from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The amount per person is $TBD.  
  **Updated Oct. 16/18

Tobacco Tax Applications

The 2018 form can be picked up in the Lands Building.


Incomplete forms will not be processed