Crown Land Grants and Private Property

One of the ways settlement was encouraged in Canada in the late 1700's and early 1800's was granting of land by the Crown.  In Ontario, Halton Region in particular, much of the land was granted in 200 acre parcels, and it came with a set of rights and some conditions.  The conditions, in the form of restrictions and reservations, outlined what the grantee had to do to secure the land for himself, his heirs and assigns forever, and additionally spelled out what the Crown would be retaining.  The most common restriction in the grants I have studied was the need to build a permanent structure on the granted land and reside there for a period of not less than 3 years.  Once met, that restriction became lifted, the Great Seal was applied to the grant, and the grant became the root of title for the parcel of land.  Although the reservations remained on the land, the ownership in fee simple allowed the grantee to do what he chose with his acreage, including severance if he so chose.  The law of the land was Common Law, and it remains the law of the land today!  Our lower courts have not been upholding our common law rights over our private property.  Because of this, various conservation authorities have stepped up their attempts to take control of our private property and strip us of our rights.  I have been working with a large group of concerned Canadians on having our rights restored and recognized.  If you would like to learn more about Crown Land Grants and your property rights, give me a call.  

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Joan Olech

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