This one-year research project focuses on property rights and land use regulation in Alberta.
Under Canadian law as it currently stands, the outright taking of private land for public purposes ordinarily triggers a right to compensation in accordance with expropriation legislation.Learn More →
The Expropriation Act requires the expropriating authority to propose terms of compensation to the owner within 90 days of the approval of the expropriation.Learn More →
When an expropriating authority decides to acquire private land, it must first notify every person who has an interest in the land it intends to take. The Expropriation Act specifies the information that must be included in the notice of intention.Learn More →
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Land use regulations in Alberta date back to the early 20th century. Calgary and Edmonton passed bylaws restricting development as early as 1904 and 1906, respectively.Learn More →
In recent decades, the Alberta government has amended several pieces of legislation to address some of the uncertainties over subsurface resource rights in the areas of natural gas storage and the ownership of both coalbed methane and the pore space beneath the land for the purpose of storing captured carbon.Learn More →