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Government of Canada Announces $12bn Investment Package for Toronto Subways, Hamilton Rapid Transit

Doron Lurie

On May 11, 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Government of Canada will be committing more than $12 billion towards 5 public transit projects across the GTHA. Approximately $10.7 billion will be going towards funding four prior......

Screening out the Scheme: Potential lessons from the Paciorka re-hearing about the application of Expropriations Act S. 14(4)(b) in “mixed screening” scenarios

Doron Lurie

Introduction When a landowner in Ontario is expropriated by an expropriating authority, such as by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), Metrolinx or by a municipality, the expropriated owner is entitled to be paid sufficient financial compensati......

In the Wake of the Cancelled LRT, Task Force Recommends Rapid Transit in Hamilton

On April 9, 2020, a special task force commissioned by the Province of Ontario issued a report on the proposed course for public transit development in Hamilton. The report recommended that the City spend the $1 billion in capital funding it has b......

Guidance from the Director of Titles During the Covid Pandemic

The battle against the global pandemic has impacted us all. Adjustments to patterns of regular life are necessary. Those who have the agility to adjust appropriately are able to address the impacts of emerging and ongoing expropriations.   &n......

Highway 407 Transitway Preliminary Studies Underway

Guillaume Lavictoire

The Ministry of Transportation is currently undertaking the planning, design and environmental assessment regarding the ‘407 Transitway’ anticipated to be constructed from Hurontario Street in Brampton/Mississauga to east of Highway 40......

What is Metrolinx?

Guillaume Lavictoire

  According to its website, ‘Metrolinx, an agency of the Government of Ontario under the Metrolinx Act, 2006, was created to improve the coordination and integration of all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Ha......

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......

Repeal and Replace: What Impact would the Proposed Replacement of the Ontario Municipal Board have on Expropriation Proceedings?

On May 30, 2017, the Ontario Legislative Assembly approved a first reading of Bill 139, which, if passed, would replace the Ontario Municipal Board with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.  Bill 139 still requires further readings and royal a......

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......

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