Historically, searching titles in Ontario was a complicated and time consuming activity. Each search required a personal visit to a Land Registry Office to view paper indexes, original documents and plans.

In 1985, the Government of Ontario initiated the Province of Ontario Land Registration Information System (POLARIS) pilot project for the purposes of records automation and the conversion from the Registry System to the Land Titles System. The Land Registration Reform Act (Ontario) was introduced to facilitate electronic search and registration of properties and the automation of paper-based records. POLARIS was built by the Province to house and process electronic land records.

Teranet converted all qualified Registry properties in Ontario to the Land Titles system and automated existing paper Land Titles parcels. As a result, 99.9% of property in Ontario is parcelized and administered under the Land Titles system, which affords a property ownership guarantee by the province.

Features of POLARIS