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Bill 108 Amendments to the Education Act are now in Full Force and Effect

Robert G. Miller

On May 2, 2019, the provincial government introduced the More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 (Bill 108).  Bill 108 proposed sweeping changes to Ontario’s land use planning regime in order to help bring new housing to market sooner, thereb......

Provincial Government Announces Sweeping Overhaul of The Land Use Planning Regime

Robert G. Miller

Ontario’s Municipal Housing and Affairs Minister, Steve Clark, recently presented the province’s plan to address the province’s housing crisis, with Bill 108, the More Homes, More Choices Act, 2019, receiving its First Reading on......

The Provincial Government Announces Funding for Large-scale Transit Improvements in the GTA

On April 10th, the provincial government unveiled plans for a transit expansion project in the Greater Toronto Area that will include: Ontario Line (potential completion by 2027): a new 15-kilometre light-rail line to run primarily undergroun......

Tenant Claims in Expropriation

Guillaume Lavictoire

The Expropriations Act prescribes various compensation entitlements for the owners of expropriated lands.  Tenants of expropriated lands, including commercial tenants, are considered “owners” under the statute.  For example, ......

Guillaume Lavictoire discusses Expropriation with CityTV News

Guillaume Lavictoire

On June 26, Guillaume Lavictoire spoke to CityTV News about the rights of home owners facing a potential expropriation in relation to a road expansion project under consideration in Clarington.  Before the authority can expropriate land, owne......

Into/Out of the Shadows: “Ignoring the Scheme” in Expropriation Valuation

Expropriation law dictates that when land is expropriated, its market value must be determined without the scheme. For example, if an authority announces plans to build a future highway through a particular neighbourhood, property values may drop.......

How is Compensation for Market Value Determined in an Expropriation?

Guillaume Lavictoire

“Market Value” is a primary head of compensation prescribed under the Expropriations Act for owners who have had all or a portion of their lands expropriated.  The Act provides an objective standard for the determination of market......

Divisional Court Upholds Expropriation Costs Award In Favour of County

Guillaume Lavictoire

In the recent decision of Willies Car & Van Wash Limited v. The Corporation of the County of Simcoe, the Divisional Court of Ontario upheld an award of costs by the Ontario Municipal Board’s against a claimant, pursuant to the Expropriat......

What is a Notice of Application for Approval to Expropriate Land?

Guillaume Lavictoire

  Expropriating authorities are often successful in amicably negotiating the acquisition of land required for an infrastructure project.  However, in certain circumstances an authority is required to pursue expropriation to acquire land.......

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