Mediation for surface rights

Parties involved in applications or matters at the Tribunal can request mediation to attempt to resolve disputes before a hearing.


Mediation provides an opportunity for parties to meet, discuss and resolve their disputes through an informal process that is facilitated by a member of the Land and Property Rights Tribunal who has expertise with mediation.

Benefits of mediation through the Land and Property Rights Tribunal include the following:

  • Mediation services are cost-effective as they are provided free of charge.
  • Parties can gain a better understanding of the disputed issues with a thorough discussion.
  • Parties can take an active role in resolving the dispute on their own terms.
  • Helps maintain and restore working relationships between the parties.
  • Provides an opportunity for parties to settle the dispute without a formal hearing.

For more information on the mediation process, see the Mediation section of the Surface Rights Rules and the Mediation fact sheet.


Mediators have training and experience in mediation and surface rights. They create a safe environment, encourage discussion, and help the parties find solutions. They do not take any side and cannot make decisions about the dispute. The mediator:

  • may contact you to explain the mediation process and address any questions you may have
  • is neutral, guides discussions impartially and gives the parties feedback on their ideas
  • encourages parties to look at the pros and cons of the different options for resolving the dispute
  • helps the parties prepare a Mediation Memorandum of Agreement to sign if they reach a settlement

Mediation process

Step 1. Request mediation

To request mediation, contact the Land and Property Rights Tribunal office by phone, email or at the pre-hearing Dispute Resolution Conference.

Step 2. Preparing for mediation

Parties with authority to resolve all matters must attend and participate in the Mediation. If a party is a corporation, the corporate representative must have full knowledge of the matter and unrestricted authority to resolve the dispute.

The parties should bring any information and documents to mediation that they think will be helpful to support their position on any issues in dispute. Documents exchanged are confidential.

A lawyer is not required but may attend if you wish.

Step 3. At mediation

The purpose of mediation is to reach a resolution of all issues, or to resolve as many issues as possible, with the assistance of one Member of the Tribunal acting as the mediator. At mediation, all parties try to reach an agreement to settle their dispute. At the beginning of the mediation, the mediator will set ground rules and outline the procedure to be followed which may include the following:

  • brief overview by each party of what they view as the issue(s) in dispute and their position concerning same
  • discussion between the parties of the basis for their position
  • confidential meetings of the mediator with each party
  • discussion of possible methods to resolve the dispute
  • decision by the parties whether to agree to the proposed methods of resolution

Unlike a hearing, mediation does not include the public. The mediation process is confidential. Information provided at the mediation is without prejudice and cannot be used for any other purpose or referred to at a hearing or subsequent proceedings.

In the course of the mediation, a party may meet privately with its representative, with or without the mediator. If the mediator meets privately with a party, anything said to the mediator by the party or its representative will remain confidential unless the parties waive the confidentiality.

The only documents kept by the Land and Property Rights Tribunal from the mediation are:

  • Mediation Agreement
  • Report of Mediation
  • Memorandum of Agreement (if entered into by the parties)

All other documents and notes are destroyed.

Step 4. After mediation

If the parties reach a settlement, the mediator helps them prepare a written Mediation Memorandum of Agreement. This document outlines what each party has agreed to do to resolve the dispute.

If mediation does not resolve the issues, then the Land and Property Rights Tribunal may schedule a hearing. The mediator who guided the mediation will not be assigned to hear the matter nor will they discuss the mediation process with the presiding panel. The mediator cannot be compelled as a witness in any further proceedings.

Once the mediation is over, if the matter has not settled, the parties may have a better understanding of the issues and be more prepared at the hearing.

For more information, see Oral hearings for surface rights disputes.


Connect with the Land and Property Rights Tribunal:

Hours: 8:15 am – 4:30 pm (closed 12 pm to 1 pm)
Phone: 780-427-2444
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-427-0986
Email: [email protected]

Land and Property Rights Tribunal
2nd Floor, Summerside Business Centre
1229 91 Street SW
Edmonton, Alberta  T6X 1E9