About the OLT’s Expropriation Jurisdiction
The Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) may deal with claims for compensation for land expropriations through mediation or through arbitration. When an authority expropriates land, the property owner may disagree with the amount of money the authority offers. If that happens, the property owner or the authority can ask the OLT to help mediate a settlement. If no settlement is reached, the matter may be appealed to the Tribunal for a final decision on the compensation.
The OLT operates under the authority of the Ontario Land Tribunal Act and provides a fair and accessible forum to negotiate compensation claims. A mediation before the OLT is private and only includes the claimant and the authority that acquired the lands.
History and Jurisdiction
The responsibilities of the Board of Negotiation (BON) are continued by the OLT, which was created under the Ontario Land Tribunal Act, 2021. The Tribunal came into effect on June 1, 2021. Under this act, the OLT continues the former BON’s role as a forum to negotiate fair compensation for expropriated land.