An Irrigation Certificate is a requirement of The Irrigation Act, 2019, for all projects allocated more than 12,300 cubic metres (10 acre feet) of water. To ensure environmental and economic sustainability, all proponents, regardless of project size and water source, are encouraged to have their soil and water assessed.
An Irrigation Certificate will be issued for each irrigation project that meets soil and water compatibility standards and for which the applicable fees have been paid. Irrigators cannot receive irrigation services from an irrigation district without an Irrigation Certificate.
Non-district irrigators will not receive an Approval to Construct Works from the Water Security Agency without an Irrigation Certificate.
Client cost for soil investigation conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture is $2,310 per land parcel, including a maximum of 160 acres (GST included).
Client cost for an Irrigation Certificate granted on soil investigations conducted by a third party is $525 per land parcel, including a maximum of 160 acres (GST included).
Irrigation Certification In Saskatchewan outlines how irrigation suitability is determined by the Ministry of Agriculture. This document also includes detailed requirements for a third party to collect and submit soil investigation data. If soils and water are compatible, the ministry will issue an Irrigation Certificate.