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Immovable Private, Communal/Religious, and Heirless Property

Experts state that Canada has not enacted immovable property restitution laws because no such property was seized in Canada during the Holocaust.

In the decades after the Holocaust, Canada entered into lump-sum settlement agreements with Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Poland, and Czechoslovakia pertaining to property claims of Canadian nationals.  The agreements with Czechoslovakia, Romania, and Poland required the property in question to have been continuously held by a person who was a Canadian citizen from the time the property was seized until the date of the agreement, which made it difficult for most Holocaust victims to make successful restitution claims on the basis of those specific agreements.

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