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Purchasing Crown Resource Lands

The province administers more than 37 million hectares of Crown resource land, primarily in central and northern Saskatchewan, with some smaller holdings in the south. We manage Crown resource lands for the benefit of all people of Saskatchewan.

The Ministry of Environment is seeking competitive bids for a parcel of Crown resource land in the province known as the Former McLean TransCanada Campground and hereinafter referred to as the McLean Site.

Developers are invited to submit proposals in accordance with the terms, conditions and response format as specified in the Crown land tender sale, available on the SaskTenders website.

All tenders shall be accompanied by a Corrective Action Plan prepared by a Qualified Person as defined and in accordance with the Saskatchewan Environmental Code.

Bids should be received by the ministry no later than 2 p.m. local Saskatchewan time, on December 7, 2016. 

 

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1. Guidance

The province administers the purchasing of Crown resource lands.
  • Crown resource lands are typically thought of as “wilderness” areas, supporting forest ecosystems and wildlife, as well as containing wetlands, marshes and lakes. 
  • Most of the Crown land in the southern portion of the province is administered by the Ministry of Agriculture because of its suitability for agricultural purposes. 
  • Crown resource land does not include park land designated under The Parks Act.
In general, Crown land may be sold:
  • To an existing lessee 
  • In response to an unsolicited development proposal
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2. Eligibility

For an existing lessee to purchase crown resource lands

Certain categories of leased land are available for purchase by the existing lessee only. In these instances, the lessee triggers a potential purchase by making a request to purchase the land.

The following types of leased land are available for sale to the existing lessee:
  • recreational lots in surveyed cluster subdivisions identified by the province;
  • residential parcels used as a primary residence;
  • commercial use properties that have physical access via an all season, surveyed and registered road right of way, AND:
    • is within the administrative boundary of a northern town, northern village or northern hamlet if located within the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District; OR
    • comply with all applicable local or rural municipal zoning bylaws if located outside of the Northern Saskatchewan Administration District; OR
    • is within a surveyed, cluster or community subdivision identified by the ministry.
There is no requirement to buy the land and lessees can continue leasing the property under a long-term lease.

For an unsolicited proposal to purchase Crown resource lands

The province receives unsolicited proposals for developments that include requests to purchase Crown lands.
  • These proposals are reviewed to ensure that environmental and resource impacts are considered before any development or sale takes place. 
  • The province has not identified any specific priority areas for development.
  • If applicable, the province may discuss development proposals and opportunities with developers, local communities, First Nations and Métis people. 
  • Discussions strive to reach a consensus leading to economic opportunities that are environmentally and socially acceptable.
To ensure transparency, information about proposals under active consideration will be posted on this website for at least 30 days before a final decision is made.

If you are an existing lessee in one of the eligible sale categories, complete an Application to Purchase Crown Land form and submit it to the appropriate Ministry of Environment office.

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3. How To Apply

To submit an unsolicited development proposal involving Crown resource land, contact the appropriate office for more information.
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4. Apply

Application to Purchase Crown Resource Land

Submit a completed form to the appropriate Ministry of Environment office listed below.

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5. Further Information

Crown resource land is sold at its fair market value, as determined by a land appraisal.

  • Applicants are charged site inspection and administration fees.
  • Once the leased parcel is confirmed as being eligible for sale, the province will provide a list of accredited land appraisers, one of which will be hired by the applicant to provide an appraisal report indicating the fair market value of the property. Each appraiser sets their own fees.
  • The full cost of the appraisal is paid by the applicant when the land appraiser’s services are engaged. If either party does not agree with the appraised market value, that party may obtain another appraisal at their cost.
  • The province reserves the right to re-appraise the land and determine the purchase price using whichever appraisal is deemed to most closely represent current market values.
  • Most existing lots within cluster subdivisions are already surveyed and can be transferred using those existing plans. Lands outside of subdivision developments and areas identified for new development projects may require surveying to establish parcel boundaries.
  • The applicant will be responsible to arrange for and pay the costs of having an accredited land surveyor prepare an appropriate legal survey, if one is required.

Environment Field Office Locations

Offices are located in Regina, Meadow Lake, Prince Albert, and Nipawin.

La Ronge Area
5th Floor, 800 Central Avenue
Box 3003, McIntosh Mall
PRINCE ALBERT, SK S6V 6G1
Phone: (306) 953-2890

Prince Albert Area
5th Floor, 800 Central Avenue
Box 3003, McIntosh Mall
PRINCE ALBERT, SK S6V 6G1
Phone: (306) 953-3363

Meadow Lake Area
Unit 1 – 101 Railway Place
MEADOW LAKE, SK S9X 1X6
Phone: (306) 236-7551

 

Nipawin Area

Box 1886
201 – 1st Street E

NIPAWIN, SK S0E 1E0
Phone: (306) 862-1812

 

Regina Area

3rd Floor, 3211 Albert Street

REGINA, SK S4S 5W6
Phone (306) 787-2889

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