Purpose of Complaints

Complaints can be made by a member of the public or a surveyor where there is a concern that a member's (surveyor's)  conduct or actions may be found to constitute professional misconduct or incompetence (see Code of Ethics). Complaints are intended to address the behaviour of a member if necessary; they will not address boundary disputes or deal with differences of opinion in the location of a boundary. For further information on boundary disputes see Boundary Disputes. Complaints related to fees that may be resolved through mediation or arbitration may be addressed through Fees Mediation.  Where a complaint is found to have merit by the Complaints Committee it can be forwarded to Council for disciplinary action.


The Registrar can answer your questions about what to expect from an OLS, even if you do not wish to register a formal complaint.


Association of Ontario Land Surveyors
1043 McNicoll Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M1W 3W6
Telephone: 416-491-9020, x29 
Toll Free: 1-800-268-0718, x29 
Fax: 416-491-2576

Right of Entry

The following is an excerpt from AOLS Members Bulletin 2005-01 and represents Association Policy concerning the right to enter private property.

Section 6(1) of the Surveys Act does allow a licensed surveyor, or a person in the surveyor's employ, while in the performance of a cadastral survey, to enter and pass over the land of any person at any time, or to enter into a building, at a time suitable to the occupant. However, the surveyor is responsible for any damage resulting from their actions.

Section 1 of the Surveys Act defines surveyor as: "surveyor" means an Ontario land surveyor licensed under the Surveyors Act

Section 21 defines the Complaints Committee.

The AOLS recommends to its members that they attempt to contact the owner or occupant before entering a property. This is not always possible or practical, and the surveyor may have to complete the work without advising the owner. Surveyors or their employees are expected to identify themselves or provide contact information for the surveyor if requested to do so.

Right of entry does not allow right of anonymity. Persons must identify themselves accurately when asked. The project manager or party chief should be equipped with business cards and door hangers. If your vehicle is not identified with permanent corporate logo and coordinates, ensure that identification information is placed in the vehicle where visible. Right of entry does not necessarily allow right of entry for vehicles and parking of vehicles on property.

Representatives of Ontario Land Surveyors should consider themselves as proxies of the Ontario Land Surveyor and behave in a professional manner in speech, actions and personal appearance. The well-kept appearance of the vehicle in which the field crews arrive is also important to creating impressions of professionalism in the field. Answers to questions should be polite and respectful.

Right of entry does not preclude right of the person to privacy and safety of their property. When exiting a site, it should be left the way it was found in appearance. Temporary markers left on site should be explained to owners and permission asked to leave them until crews return to complete the work.