An Ontario Land Surveyor (OLS) is a person who is licensed by the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors to practice cadastral (legal boundary) surveying in Ontario.
In order to become licensed, the individual must meet specific academic and experience requirements, including a degree in Geomatics Engineering and minimum one year of articling under an experienced OLS.
There are a number of reasons to consult an Ontario Land Surveyor.
• Are you thinking about buying or selling a home?
• Are you thinking about building an addition to your home or constructing a fence along your property line?
• Are you in a property dispute with a neighbour?
• Are you developing a piece of land?
An Ontario Land Surveyor creates land survey plans which are instrumental in understanding the exact location of property boundaries. Land survey plans have legal standing and provide valuable information to homeowners, buyers, sellers, real estate agents and lawyers.
What Is an Ontario Land Surveyor?
will confirm you as the property owner, but how do you know the exact location
of the boundaries of the property you own? This information requires a land
survey plan created by an Ontario Land Surveyor. A land survey plan is a
two-dimensional drawing that defines the location and dimensions for the
boundaries. The survey plan can also provide other valuable information about
the property such as the location of structures, easements and rights-of-way.
A land survey
plan in Ontario can only be created by an Ontario Land Surveyor. The survey
plan is based on the surveyor’s professional opinion of the boundaries, derived
from extensive historical research and field work.
To become an Ontario Land Surveyor one must gain a degree in Geomatics
Engineering and article for an experienced OLS for at least a year.
How Can an Ontario Land Surveyor Help You?
The work that Ontario Land
Surveyors perform and the survey plans they produce are the foundation of
Canada’s land system. Without them we
would not enjoy the ease and security with which we can own, subdivide, develop
and transact real estate. Land survey
plans provide invaluable information as well as peace of mind for both existing
and prospective homeowners. If you are selling your home, it is a good idea to
include a land survey plan as part of the listing package. If you are planning
to purchase a home, it is important to acquire a land survey plan as part of
your due diligence on the property so that you can confirm that what is being
represented is actually for sale.
Existing homeowners can use
the information contained in the land survey plan to properly plan new
additions to the home and property. Proper planning is vital to minimizing
potential property disputes with neighbours. An up-to-date land survey plan can
also provide factual evidence that can help neutralize any existing property
disputes before they end up in court.
If you are a homeowner
consider an Ontario Land Surveyor as a crucial partner in protecting your
investment and your peace of mind.