Q&As

Expropriation and Other Takings

Governments or other public service agencies occasionally try to acquire private property in order to carry out their public purposes. Alberta has a legislation to compensate private property owners when their land is subject to one of these takings. These legislative protections do not usually stop government agencies from acquiring private property, but they require that a fair process be followed and that just compensation be paid to the owners whose property is taken.

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Land Use and Development

A variety of laws govern the use and development of land. One of the important rights associated with ownership of property is the ability to adapt or develop it for some profitable or desirable use. Development and use of property drives economic growth, and contributes to the public welfare. Regulation of land development seeks to promote responsible and productive property use.

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