Expropriation and Surface Rights


Expropriation and Surface Rights

Sometimes, governments and utility companies can affect landowners’ rights by forcibly taking privately owned land. Those landowners have been coming to Prowse Chowne LLP for over 40 years to shield themselves from the government and big businesses and to gain professional assistance to maximize compensation.

Governments take owners’ land rights for public projects through Expropriation. Energy and utility companies can force themselves on landowners through Surface Rights legislation. Landowners’ rights and remedies are subtly different depending upon which legislation is applied. The common element in each case is that the exact legal procedures specific to each type of taking must be precisely followed. Our lawyers have the knowledge and experience to ensure our clients’ rights are maintained no matter the process or purpose of the proposed taking.


While we can’t always stop the taking, Prowse Chowne LLP lawyers can and do maximize our clients’ compensation. We do soby utilizing the provisions of the applicable Statutes, applying the court precedents developed around those laws and using our considerable experience interpreting those laws and cases to our clients’ advantage. We utilize expert witnesses, our clients’ testimony and our advocacy to recover market value and damages including injurious affection, severance, business losses, personal expenditures, special economic advantage, equivalent reinstatement (home for home), interest, penalty interest, reclamation costs and much more. Each case is different and we take the time to walk the lands, know our clients and their businesses and really appreciate all impacts. Using the costs provisions of the Expropriation and Surface Rights Acts we are most often able to resolve cases without any legal costs to our clients whatsoever.

Our Leadership

Prowse Chowne LLP is an undisputed leader in this field. With our skills, knowledge and expertise gleaned from decades of practice in this area, we have helped hundreds of landowners, tenants and leaseholders enforce their rights and recover complete compensation. While we have been involved in several landmark Court, Land Compensation Board and Surface Rights Board cases, the vast majority of our files have been concluded to our clients’ satisfaction through negotiated settlements or creative use of Mediation or Arbitration processes.

To learn more about Expropriation and Surface Rights, please view some of the links on this page:

An Expropriation Timeline:

An Expropriation Timeline

Expropriation Papers:

Tax – A Compensation Issue
Expropriation Costs in Alberta
The Government Taketh Away
Valuation of Conservancy Interests
Incidental Damages—A Uniquely Alberta Approach
Expropriation of Farmland in Alberta

Land Compensation Board Orders:

Board Order 170 – Paterson Park v. Grande Centre
Board Order 387 – Mount Lawn Industries v. Edmonton
Board Order 396 – Koebernick v. Edmonton
Board Order 397 – Koziol v. Edmonton
Board Order 410 – Koziol v. Edmonton (penalty Interest)
Board Order 413 – Guaranty Properties v. Edmonton
Board Order 425 – Brese v. Edmonton
Board Order 427 – Friesen v. Alberta Infrastructure
Board Order 436 – Ordman v. Red Deer
Board Order 440 – Marks v. Westlock
Board Order 450 – James v. Forestburg
Board Order 453 – Ciphery v. Alberta Transportation
Board Order 455 – Clark v. North 43 Lagoon Commission
Board Order 501 – 657406 Alberta Ltd v. Alberta Transportation

Expropriation Inquiry Decisions:

Sokil v. Edmonton
Guaranty Properties Limited v. Edmonton
Yellowhead Motor Inn Ltd. v. Edmonton
Wild v. Edmonton
Keg Restaurants Ltd. v. Wood Buffalo
1166404 Alberta Ltd. v. Red Deer
Moses v. Vermillion

Link to the: Alberta Land Compensation Board


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