Top 5 Title Stories of 2013

Jan 7th, 2014 | By FCT

2013 was a year of many significant developments in land titles across Canada

Here are The FCT Blog’s picks as the Top 5 for 2013. Let us know if you agree or disagree? Or did we miss any?

1. Nigsa’a Land Title Act permits native home ownership

By far, for the first time in Canada, native land can be owned by an individual under the new Nisga’a Land Title Act. A very important pillar in native economic development as many small business owners use the equity in their homes to finance their business prospects.

2. Alberta government introduces legislation to put notices on land titles to impede development of flood plains

The Alberta flood in June was certainly one of the biggest news events this year (outside of Toronto). Under Alberta’s Flood Recovery and Reconstruction Act, Bill 27, notices will be placed on the land titles of properties in flood hazard areas that received disaster assistance due to the June 2013 floods making them ineligible for future assistance. Property owners in the flood fringe can have the notice removed from their land title by putting flood mitigation measures in place.

3. Freeman-on-the-land declares rental property an “embassy”

Well what’s a top five list without a truly eyebrow raising story. This story of the Freeman-on-the-land who declared his rental property an embassy certainly fits the bill.

4. Aboriginal title fight goes to the Supreme Court

A small BC First Nation 20 year battle over logging rights has gone to the Supreme Court of Canada.  The case could have far-reaching effects on aboriginal title across the country.

5. Privatization of provincial land title offices across the prairies

Privatization of land titles and their related discussions have been rolling across the prairies like wildfire. 2012 ended with the announcement that the Manitoba government had entered into a 30 year agreement with Teranet. In the summer, the Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan sold shares in its own registry corporation. And 2013 closes with news that Alberta is beginning its own discussions to privatize land titles at Service Alberta.

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