Haiti Digitalization of Land Registry Project
The Haiti Digitalization of Land Registry Project aims to improve the land registry system in Haiti as a means of promoting prosperity and economic growth.
FCM and the City of Montreal are working with the Haitian government on the digitalization process, which will allow for the gradual phasing-out of the transcription of land deeds in handwritten documents and the shift toward registering notarial deeds directly in the new registry.
About the project
In order for property deeds issued by notaries and surveyors to be legally recognized, Haitian law currently requires that they be transcribed by hand in the country's official registries.
These manual transcriptions are often a source of errors. This method also leads to long registration turnaround times - currently estimated at over 400 business days. What's more, notaries and surveyors wishing to consult deeds have difficulty identifying and locating them.
Implementing a digital land registry will allow for the gradual phasing-out of the manual transcription of land titles in handwritten documents. This new system will make it easier for professionals to search for and identify titles, which will ultimately benefit the people of Haiti. It will also foster economic development by ensuring that homeowners and entrepreneurs are able to claim their property rights and access credit.
This three-year initiative (2017-2020) is possible thanks to $9 million in financial support received from Global Affairs Canada. The program is implemented in collaboration with the City of Montreal. The main partners in Haiti are the Direction générale des impôts (DGI) and the Comité interministériel d'aménagement du territoire (CIAT).