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Ontario is the world leader in e-conveyancing, with useful lessons for England and Wales, says Raymond Perry

28 November 2003

With more than 11 million residents, Ontario is Canada’s most populous province. As well as being home to the city of Toronto, the commercial, industrial and financial centre of Canada, it can also boast the world’s most advanced e-conveyancing system. The Government of Ontario has long been a pioneer of the concept of electronic government, which aims to improve delivery of public-sector services by using technology and electronic channels. Two pre-requisites However establishing a system of electronic land dealings in Ontario has not been easy. The introduction of any e-conveyancing system requires two preliminary steps: the registration of land and the digitisation of the registration records into a form that can be read by computers. Land registration has been under way in England and Wales since the 1860s but is still some way from being complete. One of the only common law jurisdictions which has achieved total registration is New Zealand (see ‘LIN...

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