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Subsurface Dispositions: Potash and Salt

Saskatchewan has largest potash industry in the world, accounting for 45% of known global reserves and sales valued at $6.1 billion in 2015. The province is home to all of Canada’s operating potash mines. By conservative estimates, Saskatchewan could supply world potash demand at current levels for several hundred years.

Existing Saskatchewan producers have undertaken major expansions in the past several years, while international mining companies are developing new operations here or have announced intentions to do so. German-based mining company K+S Group is building the first new potash mine in the province in over 45 years – scheduled for production in 2017.

Salt production in Saskatchewan comes from different sources. Salt as a byproduct of the potash industry is stockpiled on site at the various mines. Salt from a salt mining operation is produced by one producer in Saskatchewan. Salt from Saskatchewan can be processed to use as table salt, water softener or as road de-icer.

Potash permit applications are not being accepted and potash leases are not being granted at this time. 

To acquire salt dispositions in Saskatchewan, please follow the same steps as for acquiring alkali dispositions:

  • Complete Form: Land Grid 1st Survey and Land Grid 2nd or 3rd Survey;
  • Write a cover letter requesting a lease for the selected areas; and
  • Submit the letter and forms to the Lands and Mineral Tenure Branch, Ministry of the Economy.
  • The administrator will check the lands to make sure that land locations don’t conflict with other lease areas, Crown reserves or other preclusions before issuing the lease.

The Potash Disposition Searchbook provides information on the holders, percentage of ownership and status of all potash dispositions in Saskatchewan.

Additional information is available in the Subsurface Disposition Forms and Guidelines.

Please refer to the Mining and Petroleum GeoAtlas for the location of mineral dispositions. 

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