Stop expropriation abuse

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Expropriation – the taking of private property without the consent of the owner – is one of the most extreme uses of government power.

Too often, governments across Canada abuse this power. In the worst cases – such as those described on this page – they expropriate for the benefit of private interests.

Your gift will help Environment Probe expose and curb expropriation abuse. With your support, we will strive to ensure that governments take private property only for legitimate public purposes.

Every $100 we raise lets us reach 1,000 Canadians through our books, studies, articles, media appearances, speeches, blogs, and website.

Please give generously, and help us spread the word.

Send us your expropriation stories!


If you are a Canadian who has experienced expropriation, or if you are currently facing the threat of expropriation, we would like to hear from you. Let us know the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of the story, and your thoughts on the process.

Send an email to or write to us at: 225 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2M6.


Why we work to limit expropriation


“To take all or part of a person’s property constitutes a severe loss and a very significant interference with a citizen’s private property rights.” – Supreme Court of Canada

Expropriation is also bad for the environment, the economy, and public morale.

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What we do


Environment Probe has been fighting to strengthen Canadians' property rights for more than 20 years.

With the publication of Property Rights in the Defence of Nature in 1995, Environment Probe became the leading Canadian voice for the the protection of property rights. You can read the entire book on-line for free. Or click here to read the chapter on expropriation

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Expropriating homes for big box stores: compounding the tragedy in Lac-Mégantic.


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Expropriation for a cinema? What was Toronto thinking?


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Expropriation for private interests: some other notorious Ontario cases


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