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Simplifying Taxation

According to esteemed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. “Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society”.  But in a progressive society taxes must be seen to be fair and reasonable.  The taxes imposed on freehold mineral owners are neither. 

Freehold mineral rights owned by individuals are considered to be ‘Canadian Resource Property’ under federal tax legislation.  This results in individual citizens who own mineral rights being effectively treated as if they were oil and gas companies and freeholders’ property being denied the capital gains treatment accorded to other forms of property.  And, after paying federal tax on any royalty income, freeholders are subjected to double taxation through the freehold mineral taxes imposed by provincial governments.

Freeholders need to understand the taxation of their mineral rights to properly protect their non-renewable resources for both themselves, their children and their children’s children.  FHOA can help.


We Can Help!

As a member of FHOA, we help you to understand the complexities of federal and provincial taxation. While we are not a substitute for professional advice, you will be better equipped to understand the unfamiliar language involved in the taxation of your mineral rights. With an understanding of how your mineral rights are taxed, you will be in a better position to make the critical decisions necessary to minimize taxation of your rights during your lifetime and in your estate.

Join today to get access to this information and many other resources available for freehold mineral owners.


How Can You Help?

The easiest way to help is to Become a Member!

If you can, get involved. If you have skills or training which could help FHOA attain its goals, let us know. FHOA always needs volunteers to assist with seminars, to help with phone outs before seminars or even join the Board.

Spread the word. The more members that FHOA has, the greater our potential influence. Many freeholders who could use our help, particularly those who do not use the internet, remain unaware of FHOA’s existence.

If you have time constraints, make a financial donation to assist us in paying for judicial and regulatory hearings.


Want to Learn More and Get Involved?

Being a member of FHOA gives you many benefits and services not available to non-members (some additional fees may apply), including:

  • a common voice representing the interests of Freeholders with government bodies and regulators

  • help understanding leases and many other agreements

  • help understanding regulations and obligations to protect your rights

  • a knowledge base for some of the confusing technical information

  • access to experienced industry professionals to assist in negotiations

  • information about the going rate in your area, and so much more…..

*Additional fees may apply

Annual Membership
only $75!


  • We wish to thank FHOA, with special recognition to David Speirs, for the information /assistance he gave to us regarding the energy sector. His knowledge of Freehold Owner leases was particularly helpful to us as novices when we became Freehold owners over a decade ago.

    Garold and Yvonne Miller

  • I am eternally grateful for what I have learned through FHOA and their Board of Directors. Because of FHOA, our family can safeguard our mineral rights for future generations, and we have enhanced our lease negotiation skills as a collaborative family unit. The expertise and dedication of FHOA directors has supported our efforts in every aspect of mineral ownership.

    Joan Olafson

  • Our mineral rights have been passed down for generations. We joined FHOA in 2007 to help us understand an agreement with an oil company. FHOA was so helpful, providing suggestions were able to take the company and have adjustments made to our lease agreement. The information provided on the website, by FHOA representatives and at FHOA meetings helped us better understand lease provisions. If we had to sign another lease, I would have FHOA help again. Because of this value, we continue to be a member year after year.

    Jackie Anderson

  • Freehold Owner’s Association (“FHOA”) has a wide variety of information with access to various expertise for freehold mineral owners like me, who do not have the technical and legal expertise, nor the financial capability to do it on their own.

    Bill Schmidt

  • Our family is very thankful for FHOA. They made it possible to force a major oil producer to pay legitimate royalties owed to all five family members for off-set drilling beside our mineral rights.

    Betty Frey