Expropriation Process Overview

Posted April 15, 2015

Municipalities often require the acquisition of private property in order to construct public works. Examples of these acquisitions include road widenings and sites for municipal wells and landfills. At times it is necessary for the municipality to acquire the land without the consent of the property owner through an expropriation. When there is such an involuntary land taking the private property owner has a number of procedural rights as laid out in the Expropriations Act.

This checklist can serve as a useful guide to the necessary steps under the Expropriations Act:

  • It’s better to settle than to expropriate: Experts
    Toronto Sun article by Bryn Weese | May 5, 2009

    According to city officials and legal authorities, it’s always better to buy property in a negotiated settlement with a willing seller, than to take it away by force.

 

  • Expropriations The Taking of Land
    By Jeff Wilker | Published in the Land Use Reporter, a Thomson, Rogers Publication | December 2005

    Municipalities often require the acquisition of private property in order to construct public works. Examples of these acquisitions include road widenings and sites for municipal wells and landfills. At times it is necessary for the municipality to acquire the land without the consent of the property owner through an expropriation.
    View PDF: Expropriations The Taking of Land

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