Expropriation is a power granted to public bodies to acquire privately owned land without the consent of the owner for the fulfillment of a public purpose, such as the construction of public infrastructure. In Ontario, the statute governing expropriation is the Expropriations Act. The Act prescribes the process for the compulsory acquisition of land by authorities as well as the rights and entitlements of expropriated landowners.
SOK represents all types of owners, tenants and others impacted by expropriation across Ontario, including homeowners, farmers, developers, and large- and small-scale commercial landowners, to ensure experienced representation throughout the process and in the determination of final compensation. Our firm also acts on behalf of expropriating authorities across the province, providing legal advice and services regarding the implementation of land acquisitions and/or expropriations to accommodate a multitude of public infrastructure projects. Our ability to consistently assist our clients to achieve positive results in the context of a complex statutory process has placed our firm as a leader in the area of expropriation law.