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NEB releases landowners’ guide to land agreement

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World Pipelines,

The National Energy Board (NEB) is pleased to release its first ever landowners’ guide to land agreements.


The guide, developed by a subcommittee made up of landowner advocates, government groups and industry, gives landowners an idea of what to expect during the land acquisition process. It also tells them where to get additional help if they need it.

The subcommittee was struck in November of 2015 by the Land Matters Group (LMG) to examine concerns related to land acquisition, with final endorsement of the document in December of 2016. During this time, feedback was gathered by email, teleconferences and a facilitated one day workshop. The guide is the end product of this collaboration and engagement.

The guide gives a high level overview on:

  • What landowners can expect a company to discuss with them when negotiating a land acquisition agreement.
  • What the NEB expects companies to include in land acquisition agreements.
  • Resources available to help with negotiations.
  • An overview of the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved.

The guide also provides information on how landowners or companies can access the NEB’s voluntary Alternative Dispute Resolution programme. Natural Resources Canada’s Pipeline Arbitration Secretariat is available to deal with unresolved compensation matters.

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