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Expropriation Law Blog

Why is My Land Being Expropriated

Land can be expropriated for a variety of public purposes, depending on the institution or government authority carrying out the work. Most expropriation projects arise out of a need for new and improved public infrastructure, and arrive on the heels of environmental assessments which determine the best route or location for the project.

Province Undertakes Ontario Municipal Board Review

Abbey Sinclair

The Ontario government has recently announced that it is undertaking a review of the scope and effectiveness of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The review of the independent tribunal tasked with making decisions under a number of statutes, including the Planning Act and the Expropriations Act, could have a significant impact on the determination of land use planning and expropriation matters throughout the province

Court Considers Authority's Obligation to Offer-Back Expropriated Lands to Owner

Abbey Sinclair

In a recent decision, 1739061 Ontario Inc. v. Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, 2016 ONCA 210, the Ontario Court of Appeal considered the “offer-back obligations” of expropriating authorities  and an expropriated owner&rsq......

Learning of a Potential Expropriation

Abbey Sinclair

Landowners often learn of a potential expropriation long before it actually takes place. Owners will sometimes become aware that their lands are to be acquired/expropriated for an infrastructure project through a public consultation or information session.

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