Expropriation in Ontario
â€œExpropriationâ€ is the term used to describe the taking of land by a governmental authority (referred to as the â€œExpropriating Authorityâ€) without the consent of the owner. An Expropriating Authority is required to compensate the owner for the land which has been taken. Lands are expropriated for either public or government use, or are delegated to third parties who will ultimately devote it to a civic use. Property taken by way of expropriation is commonly required for public utilities, transportation infrastructure, such as new highways and public facilities (e.g. schools, emergency services facilities, community centres, etc.).
Planners, lawyers and appraisers are all vital sources for landowners whose lands are scheduled to be expropriated. It is critical that these key resources are consulted early in the process to ensure that landowners are made aware of their options and prepare themselves in anticipation of taking important steps to protect and maximize their land values for compensation in the expropriation process.
Weston Consulting is a member of the Ontario Expropriation Association and has provided planning development opinions for numerous expropriation matters throughout the GTA. The expert testimony of our planners at the Ontario Municipal Board has contributed to landowners achieving higher valuations for their property and, in turn, greater compensation from the Expropriating Authority.
Should you have lands that are in the process of, or may be acquired in the future, by way of expropriation, please contact Ashlee Rivet, Senior Planner, at 905-738-8080 ext. 290 or anyone in our office to discuss how we can assist.