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National Real Property Law School Essay Contest

The National Real Property Section has established a Law School Essay Competition related to general topics in Canadian real property law. The objectives of the competition are to promote and reward interest in real property law topics in Canadian law schools and to promote participation of law students in National Real Property Section.


Inaugural Award

The award consists of a monetary prize in the amount of $500 prize. There will be no formal award presentation. As required, the National Section executive will work with the award recipients corresponding CBA branch to organize the presentation of a certificate. The winning paper will also be published on the National Real Property Section webpage.

Criteria & Eligibility

The award is presented annually for the best scholarly paper or article received by the submission date on a subject relating to Canadian real property law. All Full-time university students currently enrolled at a Canadian law school at either an undergraduate or graduate level are eligible to enter.

Submission & Selection Process

Papers must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Undergraduate papers must be no less than 12 pages and no more than 25 pages, excluding title page and bibliography (in 12 points Times New Roman – double spaced). Graduate papers must be no less than 12 pages and no more than 40 pages, excluding title page and bibliography (in 12 Times New Roman – double spaced).
  • Papers must address a theme of significance in the field of Canadian real property law, public policy or public affairs related to Canadian real property law.
  • Papers must be appropriately referenced; all referencing methods in the legal field will be accepted.
  • Papers may be written in English or in French and must be original.
  • The author(s) names must NOT appear on the paper itself, but must be sent under separate cover.
  • The recipient of the award will be selected by a jury.

Any entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

The CBA National Real Property Section gratefully acknowledges the support of TitlePLUS Title Insurance as a sponsor

Entries may be submitted to:

Gathoni Njuguna
Liaison Officer - National Sections and Conferences
The Canadian Bar Association
500-865 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1S 5S8
Phone: (613) 237-2925 Ext. 179
Toll Free: (800) 267-8860
E-mail: gathonin@cba.org

National Real Property Section Comparison Tables

Can title to property be obtained by adverse possession over a period of time? Is there a standard APS used for most transactions, or is it tailored for each property? How is a search of title conducted, and how is registration completed? What about surveys; how are they a part of the transaction? The Section has prepared a comparison chart that provides concise answers to these questions and more. The table is in the early stage and incomplete - if you have a contribution to the table, please contact any executive member of the Section.

Comparison Tables

New Questions

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Issues of concern

If you have an issue or concern in your practice, please advise your provincial Real Property Section Chair so that the matter can be discussed during the Section’s national meetings, or email Susan LeDrew, Chair of the National Real Property Section. Often we all have the same concern. We want to hear from you.

Contact an Executive Committee member

Report from the Uniform Law Conference of Canada

Report of the Criminal Section Working Group on Criminal Interest Rate: A Discussion Paper - Section 347 of the Criminal Code In Need of Reform (ULCC)

National Real Property Section Newsletter (November 2014)

Newsletter: We are once again seeking articles for the next edition of the newsletter. We are looking for articles that are between 300 and 1,000 words submitted in French or English.

Please send articles to Ray Mikkola.

CBA PracticeLink and National Magazine Business and Corporate Edition – December 2014

Recent issues of the Business and Corporate Bulletin - from CBA PracticeLink and National Magazine.



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The Section is currently looking for articles for its next newsletter. If you would like to contribute to the next edition, please contact us at CBA Newsletters.

Past issues of the Real Property Section Newsletter can be found on the Newsletter page.



  • Executive Committee Meeting - September 27th, 2014 (Ottawa)



The Real Property Section is concerned with the problems inherent in the ownership, devising, mortgaging, loaning, using, leasing and other dealings with real property, including:

  • estates
  • uses
  • trusts and settlements
  • perpetuities
  • fixtures
  • titles
  • workers' and mechanics' liens
  • leaseholds
  • mortgages
  • easements and licenses
  • planning legislation and restrictions on use, realty taxes, registration and land titles system
  • vendor and purchaser
  • ecological control of land
  • financing problems on real property security

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