Google Translate Disclaimer

A number of pages on the Government of Saskatchewan`s web site have been professionally translated in French. These translations are identified by a yellow text box that resembles the link below and can be found in the right hand rail of the page. The home page for French-language content on this site can be found here:

Renseignements en Français

Where an official translation is not available, Google™ Translate can be used. Google™ Translate is a free online language translation service that can translate text and web pages into different languages. Translations are made available to increase access to Government of Saskatchewan content for populations whose first language is not English.

The results of software-based translation do not approach the fluency of a native speaker or possess the skill of a professional translator. The translation should not be considered exact, and may include incorrect or offensive language Government of Saskatchewan does not warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information translated by this system. Some files or items cannot be translated, including graphs, photos, and other file formats such as portable document formats (PDFs).

Any person or entities that rely on information obtained from the system does so at his or her own risk. Government of Saskatchewan is not responsible for any damage or issues that may possibly result from using translated website content. If you have any questions about Google™ Translate, please visit: Google™ Translate FAQs.

Online auction for ag Crown land planned for fall 2017

By: Donna Wilson, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture will be selling vacant agricultural Crown lands through an online auction this fall, with sales opening on October 23, 2017, and closing between November 6 and 9.

Selling agricultural Crown land is not new for the Ministry, with the first sales programs dating back to the 1960s. However, the online auction format is new, replacing the previous bi-annual tender process whereby parcels of land were advertised for sale and eligible buyers were invited to place confidential bids.

The online auction format is simpler and more transparent, allowing more producers the opportunity to purchase land.

The auction format was first piloted in the fall of 2016. Then, working in partnership with Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the Ministry held its first full-scale online Crown land auction in March 2017. There were more than 42,000 views on the lots advertised on Ritchie Bros. website—exposure that would not have been possible through the tender format. This interest led to 2,200 bids and, as a result, Saskatchewan Agriculture was able to successfully sell 68 parcels of land totalling 10,000 acres.

The Ministry believes, in many cases, Saskatchewan producers are in the best position to manage land in the province – they are stewards of the land and passionate about soil and range health.

However, there is a delicate balance to knowing when it is in the province’s best interest to sell land. Before any parcel is sold, it undergoes a thorough evaluation. The Ministry looks at whether the land has heritage value, if it is ecologically important, or serves as important wildlife habitat. Future government resource needs, such as sand and gravel reserves or the potential for oil and gas development are considered. If the Duty to Consult and Accommodate is triggered, government will fulfil those obligations when the sale has the potential to adversely affect Treaty and Aboriginal rights and traditional uses of First Nations and Métis communities.

In some cases, it is in the public interest to maintain ownership of Crown lands. But in cases where the land provides no public benefit, the Ministry looks to put that land into the hands of producers.

Through the fall auction sale there will be approximately 48 lots available for purchase, totalling more than 11,000 acres. Lots not sold in this main sales event will be re-posted in a secondary sale immediately following sale close. Following that, any lots still available for purchase will be made available in an e-catalogue – similar to an online real estate listing.

The Ministry plans to host auction sales three times per year, with the next sales scheduled for March and June 2018.

For more information visit Saskatchewan.ca/crownlands

We need your feedback to improve saskatchewan.ca. Help us improve