Land Titles Clarification Act – How do I Get Clear Title to My Land*

*Note: some of the procedures and documents also apply to claims of adverse possession.

In 1963, a legislative process was created to clear up land title and land ownership issues for residents who live in thirteen specific communities within Nova Scotia (click the link below to see a map of provincial areas). The process allows residents in these 13 Land Title Clarification Areas to give information to the government about how they (or those from whom they have inherited or bought the land) have used and occupied the land for at least 20 years.

If the information is strong enough and shows continuous use and ownership of the land, the Minister of Natural Resources will give the claimant a certificate of claim to the lands. If a certificate of claim is issued, a notice period begins during which objections may be raised by family members or others who claim to own the same land. For a full explanation of the claim process, see the summary of procedures below.

If you want to make a claim under the LTCA, you must complete the application form below. The application form will get the process started, but to complete the whole process you will need the help of a lawyer and maybe also a surveyor. To help you understand the information you will need to build your case, click on the link “Tips for building your case” below.

Representatives from the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Association of Nova Scotia Land Surveyors, African Nova Scotian Affairs, and the Department of Natural Resources, will support people in the Preston area to clarify titles to private properties.

Residents of East Preston, North Preston, and Cherry Brook who have applied to Natural Resources to make a claim can now get help from lawyers at no cost and free advice from a number of land surveyors.

For more information contact:

Department of Natural Resources
Manager, Acquisitions and Disposals
Land Services Branch, Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 698
Halifax, NS B3J 2T9


Maps of LTCA Areas