Some new highway construction requires the Government of Saskatchewan to buy land.
Examples of these improvements include:
When the Ministry of Highways needs to buy land for highway projects, we to communicate with landowners about:
Planning for future highway improvements;
Timing of future projects; and/or
Sale price for land and compensation for damage.
Acquiring land for highway construction
When land is required for road safety improvements, the government usually acquires land by negotiating a sale with the land owner.
When this is not possible or the time-frame is short, the government is authorized by law to expropriate title to the land without the consent of the owner. The owner is entitled to compensation. All questions of compensation will be settled through negotiation or at the option of the land owner, by reference to the Court of Queen’s Bench.
When will I be contacted?
Land acquisition may begin as early as two-years prior to highway construction. You will be contacted when there is a need for environmental assessments, planning studies and initial highway design.
If there’s a problem
If you can’t resolve your concerns with the land agent, the land agent can help you contact the Project Manager or the Public and Private Rights Board.
This board helps with non-binding dispute resolution when there is disagreement about route location or the amount of compensation for the property. However, where circumstances warrant, the government can acquire possession or title to land before or during proceedings with the board. You can contact the Public and Private Rights Board at the number below:
- Regina: 306-787-4071
- Saskatoon: 306-933-7767