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Agricultural Crown Land Leases

How to lease agricultural Crown land

The Ministry of Agriculture is piloting a new process to allocate agricultural Crown leases through an online auction. Interested, eligible bidders will bid on the opportunity to be allocated a lease up to 33 years in length. The highest eligible bidder will be awarded the lease.

An online auction will simplify the process for bidders, improve processing time and increase the transparency of lease allocations.

The previously used scoring system for agricultural Crown leases will not be used in 2019. Submission of an Agricultural Crown Lease Application is not required for the 2019 Pilot.

2019 Lease Allocation Pilot Process:

Status as of March 21, 2019:


  • Agricultural Crown land that is eligible for lease is available for allocation through an online auction platform. The online auction is located on the Iron Planet website.
  • The online auction is now live, with staggered closing dates starting April 15.
  • For more information, refer to the Ritchie Bros. handout.

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Lease Allocation Auction Information

Who can bid

Bidders must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Actively manage the farm operation;
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Corporations and membership based organizations must be 100 per cent Canadian-owned and not publicly traded;
  • Have legal access to the leased land or written agreements for crossing any lands;
  • Have any existing accounts with the Ministry of Agriculture in an acceptable status; and
  • Have a Premises Identification Number for the cattle wintering location (grazing only).

When to bid

  • Eligible bidders can bid on any lease allocation for agricultural Crown land after the auction opens on April 1. There will be staggered closing dates starting April 15.

How to bid

  • Agricultural Crown land auction sales will be accessible online with services provided by a private auction company. Each bidder will need to register on the auction site in accordance with their requirements.

Rental Rates

The 2020 Crown land grazing rate is $8.52 per animal unit month. This rate is set by formula in section 3-5 of The Provincial Land (Agriculture) Regulations using the preceding October and November cattle prices.

Cultivation rates will be communicated to lessees in February 2020. Rental rates on sellable cultivated and previously cultivated lands increased by 45 per cent over the formula rate on January 1, 2018. The rate increase does not apply to co-op, former federal (PFRA) or transitioned Saskatchewan Pastures Program pastures.

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