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 March 29, 2019:
- Agricultural Crown land that is eligible for lease is available for allocation through an online auction platform.
- The next online auction is planned for spring 2021.
Lease Allocation Auction Information
Who can bid
- 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 has opened and before it closes. Auction dates will be advertised on this site, at Ministry of Agriculture Regional Offices and on the auctioneer's website.
How to bid
- Agricultural Crown land lease auctions 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.
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.