The cadastral renewal was put into place in order to update the land registry, which exists since 1860, is incomplete and contains uncertainties. The Ministry therefore started the confection of a new cadastral plan where each property will be correctly represented. The establishment of this plan and the work associated with it was given to private land surveying firms. The owners do not have to pay for the work.
The 6th of May, 1992, the Quebec government gave to the Natural Resources Ministry the mandate to establish a cadastral renewal program. The objective: actualize the Quebec cadastre by representing on a numerical plan all of the 3,5 million private properties counted on the territory.
In order to bring this huge project to an end, the Quebec cadastral system was re-engineered from a legal, technical, methodological and financial point of view. Furthermore, the Ministry has put into place a system based on a reference system to manage all cadastral information. Consequently, the Ministry implemented a quality control system, where most of it is automatized. This system ensures the coherence and integrity of the information, at the best possible quality/cost ratio. In addition, since the plan is numeric, the Ministry can diffuse the information on the internet.
The objectives of the cadastral reform:
- Constitute a complete picture of the land ownership, which will become the tool for property representation and land registry publication.
- Ensure the continuous update of the cadastre, so that every new division or parcel creation will be identified on the cadastral plan before being the subject of a land registry publication.
Ensure the versatility of the cadastre, which must be superposed to other thematic maps (administrative region maps, electoral circumscription maps, municipalities, topographic, evaluation, public services, etc.)