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Agricultural Crown Land Leases

How to lease agricultural Crown land

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

Online auctions simplify the process for bidders, improve processing time and increase the transparency of lease allocations.

Lease Allocation Process:

Status as of January 25, 2021:

Online Auction

  • Agricultural Crown land that is eligible for lease is available for allocation on the McDougall Auctioneer Ltd. website.
  • The next online auction is planned for February 23, 2021.

Lease Allocation Auction Information

Who can bid

Bidders must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Actively manage the leased lands;
  • 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;
  • Complete the required application form and submit any supporting documentation that the Ministry of Agriculture requests; and
  • Have a Premises Identification Number for the cattle wintering location (grazing only).

When to bid

  • Eligible bidders can bid on any agricultural Crown land offered for lease by auction once the auction has opened and before it closes. Auction dates will be advertised on this site, at Ministry of Agriculture Regional Offices and on McDougall’s website.

How to bid

  • Agricultural Crown land lease auctions will be accessible online with services provided by McDougall Auctioneers Ltd. Each bidder will need to register on the auction site in accordance with its requirements.

Rental Rates

The 2020 Crown land grazing rates are $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 and billed yearly.

Cultivation rates are communicated to lessees in February each year. 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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