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Municipal Government Act (MGA) - Section 534


Please note that requirements for claims will vary depending on when the public work or structure was completed. For public works and structures listed in the September 14, 2016 public notice, please view the current legislation here. For public works and structures listed in the September 28, 2016 public notice, please view the previous legislation here.

Section 534 of the Municipal Government Act provides that, within one year of the completion of construction or erection of a public work or structure, The City must deliver or mail notices to every owner of land (owners) abutting land on which the public work or structure is situated. The City is also required to advertise the description and location of completed projects in a newspaper with instructions on how eligible owners may be entitled to make a claim to The City for "injurious affection".

Injurious affection is defined as "the permanent reduction in the appraised value of land as a result of the existence, but not the construction, erection or use, of a public work or structure..."

To view of a copy of section 534, please click here.

The City of Calgary is providing notification to meet the requirements under section 534 of the MGA to ensure eligible owners have the opportunity to make a claim for compensation for projects completed between 1997 and 2015.

While some of these projects date back several years, The City is working to ensure that applicable public works and structures are identified, that notification is sent on each of these projects, and that claims arising from these projects are assessed.

On September 14, for projects completed between 2007 and 2015, The City is mailing approximately 15,000 notices (letters) to owners and placing a public notice in the Calgary Herald listing the location and description of 665 projects.

On September 28, for projects completed between 1997 and 2006, The City is providing a public notice to owners by publishing an ad in the Calgary Herald. This notice is for the completion of construction of 629 projects.  Given the change in legislation, no letters will be mailed out for projects completed during this timeframe. To view of a copy of section 534 in place prior to 2007, please click here.

This does not include the West LRT project as the required notification for that project was completed in 2015.