Tobacco Tax

Tobacco Tax

Deadline for Tobacco Tax Membership 2020

The last scheduled Membership meeting for 2020, will be held on October 15, 2020.  You must be a Cowichan Tribes member by November 2020 in order to be eligible for the 2020 Tobacco Tax distribution.   

** Updated Oct. 16, 2020 **

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 2020 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 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 20, 2020 Dec 11, 2020
Jan 15, 2021 Jan 22, 2021
Apr 9, 2021 Apr 16, 2021
July 9, 2021 July 16, 2021
Sept 10, 2021 Sept 17, 2021
Amount Per Member $320.10
Updated November 16, 2020
If you have not sent in your direct deposit form as of November 20, 2020 there is no guarantee that your money can be direct deposited for Tobacco Tax December 11, 2020 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 236-800-4023 or email

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 11, 2020.

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


2020 Distribution
2019 Tobacco Tax amount: 
$ 320.10
Distribution Date:
December 11, 2020
Distribution Location:
** mail and direct deposit only **

If you missed the distribution date of December 11, 2020 you can still submit your 2020 Tobacco Tax forms ON OR BEFORE the following dates:  

Jan. 15, 2021                           Jan. 22, 2021
April 09, 2021                        April 16, 2021
July 09, 2021                         July 16, 2021
Sept. 10, 2021                        Sept. 17, 2021

All distribution cheques can be picked up at the Lands Building in the Membership Department.  
September 10, 2021 is the deadline for the 2020 Distribution.  Funds not applied for by the date will go back into the community distribution.  
2020 Tobacco Tax Distribution will be on December 11, 2020, Siem Lelum dining hall. The amount per person is $320.10 


Incomplete forms will not be processed

Online Tobacco Tax application link