The Costs of Expropriating in Alberta and Manitoba


  • Francis C. R. Price



The last decade has seen sweeping changes in Canadian expropriation law. Beginning with Ontario, many of the Provinces and the Federal Government have enacted legislation that introduces completely new provisions relating to procedure and compensation in expropriation cases. Among the most significant changes is the change in approach to the matter of costs involved in the expropriation and this article examines the costs provisions in the Expropriation Acts of two Provinces that have enacted new expropriation legislation, Alberta and Manitoba. This article discusses to what extent an expropriated owner should have his costs paid by the authority that takes his land, and what limits should be set on the authority's liability to indemnify the owner from all the costs he may incur.