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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.......

Can I Fight or Contest an Expropriation?

Guillaume Lavictoire

Assuming the expropriating authority is acting within its jurisdiction to take land, the simple answer is yes, but with potentially limited upside.   The Expropriations Act allows for an Inquiry process whereby an owner can challenge wh......

Surveyors' Right of Entry

Abbey Sinclair

Landowners affected by infrastructure projects and/or facing expropriation often wonder if a surveyor may access private property without permission. The simple answer is yes. In Ontario, the Surveys Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. S. 30 allows licensed sur......

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