Ministry of Transportation Initiates Large-scale Expropriation Project in Barrie
The Ministry of Transportation has initiated expropriation proceedings in the City of Barrie. This work is to facilitate the construction of improvements to Highway 400 and related interchanges. The project will also require the widening and improvement of the Dunlop Street, Anne Street and Sunnidale Road overpasses.
Owners affected by the project and facing expropriation should by now have received a Notice of Application for Approval to Expropriate Land. Service of this document on owners by MTO initiates the formal expropriation process and triggers an owner’s right to contest the land taking and, later on, the compensation. For more information regarding this Notice and the process for contesting an expropriation, please click on the following blog links:
What is a Notice of Application for Approval to Expropriate Land?
Can I Fight or Contest an Expropriation?
It is anticipated that a broad range of property owners and tenants, including home owners and small- and large-scale businesses, will be impacted by the expropriations activity. The compensation entitlements for expropriated owners are outlined in the Expropriations Act and developed into various branches through the case law. Generally, the entitlements include compensation for market value, disturbance/business damages and injurious affection. In addition, the Act prescribes that an owner’s legal costs in asserting claims for compensation are to be reimbursed by the expropriating authority.
For more information about the project and the expropriation process, owners and tenants are invited to contact our firm to schedule an in-person consultation at no cost. Our lawyers offer to travel to meetings at a location convenient for the owner.