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Adverse Possession and Lasting Improvements to Wrong Land, Final Report 115


Adverse possession allows a person who has occupied another’s land for at least 10 years to potentially claim ownership of that land. The occupation must be exclusive, open, notorious and continuous. Adverse possession is commonly, but mistakenly, referred to as squatter’s rights. ALRI is recommending that the law of adverse possession be abolished in Alberta. This change would prevent new claims from being brought in the future, but would not affect claims that have been […]

AREA OF LAW Limitation of Actions Property Real Property
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May 28, 2020

Adverse Possession and Lasting Improvements to Wrong Land, Report 33


Adverse possession has a long history in the common law of England, Canada, and Alberta. It originated as a common law doctrine used to determine a person’s rights to land. In today’s Alberta, it involves two people: the person in actual possession of the disputed property (the occupier) and the registered owner of the disputed property (the registered owner). The essential common law elements of adverse possession are: -the registered owner must be out of […]

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February 15, 2020

Contracts for the Sale and Purchase of Land: Purchasers’ Remedies, Final Report 97


Under the present law of Alberta, specific performance of a contract for the sale and purchase of land will not be granted to the purchaser under the contract unless the land is unique in the sense that no substitute is readily available. In 1996, the Supreme Court of Canada, in Semelhago v Paramadevan, said that it is no longer the case that every piece of real estate is unique and that it therefore cannot be assumed […]

AREA OF LAW Corporate and Commercial Property Real Property
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October 29, 2009

Contracts for the Sale and Purchase of Land: Purchasers’ Remedies, Report for Discussion 21


This report addresses the current state of the law (as of the time of publication) concerning situations where a purchaser of land has fulfilled his or her obligations under the purchase contract, but the vendor has not transferred the land. In Semelhago v. Paramadevan, [1996] 2 SCR 415, the Supreme Court of Canada determined that in most such cases, the purchaser will be entitled to damages, but not specific performance (i.e., receipt of the land in […]

AREA OF LAW Corporate and Commercial
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March 2, 2009

Occupiers’ Liability: Recreational Use of Land, Final Report 81


The Minister of Justice requested this report regarding the liability of occupiers of land to recreational users permitted on their premises without payment of a fee. This is not a typical ALRI report, as a recommendation as to whether this aspect of occupiers’ liability law should be reformed is not given due to a lack of adequate information about the potential problem to be solved and resources to compile that information. The report suggests matters […]

AREA OF LAW Property Real Property
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February 29, 2000

Section 195 of the Land Titles Act, Final Report 63


This report recommends that section 195 of the Land Titles Act be amended so that purchasers may rely on the Land Titles Office register. The amended section should make it clear that actual or constructive notice of an off-register interest does not affect a non-fraudulent purchaser who acquires an interest from the registered or caveated owner of the interest. This report contains a draft of an amended section 195. Section 195 protects the purchaser against finding that […]

AREA OF LAW Property Real Property
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February 1, 1993

Towards a New Alberta Land Titles Act, Report for Discussion 8


Section 42 of the Alberta Business Corporations Act (as it was at the time of the writing of this report) made it illegal for a corporation to provide financial assistance to: – a shareholder or director of that corporation or an affiliated corporation; – an associate of any or the above; or – a purchaser of shares of that corporation or an affiliated corporation if that corporation was not “solvent” as defined by the ABCA. The […]

AREA OF LAW Property Real Property
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August 2, 1990

The Operation of the Unsecured Creditors’ Remedies System in Alberta, Research Paper 16


A plaintiff who has obtained a monetary judgement as a result of a court case, but who has not yet received that money, is known as a “judgement creditor.” This report is a survey of: whether judgement creditors made use of enforcement mechanisms to obtain their money; which remedies were used frequently, and which ones infrequently; how the remedies that were used operated, and how far they were carried; and how successful the remedy process […]

AREA OF LAW Corporate and Commercial
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March 3, 1986

Statute of Frauds and Related Legislation, Research Paper 12


This report examines the provisions of the Statue of Frauds and the Guarantees Acknowledgment Act, an Alberta statute. Where the provisions of these Acts are still useful, the report recommends that it be retained and reformed, where they are not useful that they be abolished. The Statue of Frauds was enacted by the English Parliament in 1677 to prevent false claims being accepted by the courts by requiring that a number of kinds of contracts and dispositions of interest in […]

AREA OF LAW Administration of Justice Corporate and Commercial Procedure Property Real Property
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June 4, 1985

Statute of Frauds and Related Legislation, Final Report 44


This report examines the provisions of the Statue of Frauds and the Guarantees Acknowledgment Act, an Alberta statute. Where the provisions of these Acts are still useful, the report recommends that it be retained and reformed, where they are not useful that they be abolished. The Statue of Frauds was enacted by the English Parliament in 1677 to prevent false claims being accepted by the courts by requiring that a number of kinds of contracts […]

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June 1, 1985