At the best of times, the expropriation of land is a long and complex process. Governments and certain quasi-governmental bodies – such as hospitals, universities and utilities – have the statutory authority to expropriate private property for defined purposes. Experienced counsel can ensure the legal, appraisal, planning and engineering aspects of expropriation are addressed fairly and expeditiously. Owners and developers require a partner that has extensive experience in applying statutory powers of expropriation on behalf of their clients to limit their risks while working in strict accordance with the Ontario Expropriations Act.
WeirFoulds has a rich history in the expropriation field. We have provided well-rounded and innovative expropriation solutions to our clients for decades. We have worked for all levels of government and other public sector entities – including transit agencies, health care facilities, municipalities, universities and colleges – that have found themselves in need of land for public purposes where the landowner is unwilling to sell. We have also worked for landowners, businesses and tenants affected by expropriations.
Our lawyers advise clients on their rights, negotiate the terms of compensation, initiate hearings, and represent clients in arbitration or litigation proceedings in contentious expropriation disputes. They are well versed at drafting by-laws, pleadings, and notices.
WeirFoulds’ expropriation practice group works closely with members of related areas of law such as commercial real estate and infrastructure specialists, environmental, and municipal law, to ensure that our clients have access to a full suite of creative services to suit their needs.
We are involved in virtually every major expropriation of land in Ontario, acting for either the expropriating authority or the land owner.