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We are holding a fall sale of vacant Crown land starting on Oct. 19. The fall 2021 auction sale will once again be provided by McDougall Auctioneers Ltd. The auction will feature a mix of cultivated, hay and pasture lands located throughout the province. Bidding opens on Oct. 19, 2021, with staggered close dates scheduled for Nov. 2 and 4, 2021.
Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers are great stewards of the land and are in the best position to manage land. They are knowledgeable about soil and environmental sustainability. However, there is a delicate balance to knowing when it is in the province’s best interest to sell land. Before any parcel is sold, it undergoes a thorough evaluation. This includes looking at the land’s heritage value, if it is ecologically important or serves as important wildlife habitat.
Future government resource needs, such as sand and gravel reserves or the potential for oil and gas development are also considered. When a proposed sale has the potential to adversely impact Treaty and Aboriginal rights to hunt, fish and trap for food and carry out traditional uses, government will fulfill its legal duty to consult and accommodate obligations, consistent with the Government of Saskatchewan’s First Nation and Métis Consultation Policy Framework.
Selling agricultural Crown land through sale is not new for government. The first sales program started in the 1960s. The Crown land sale process moved to an online auction in the fall of 2016.
Since the first online auction in 2016, the Ministry has held nine full-scale online Crown land auctions. In that time, there has been over 8,160 bids made on vacant Crown land and 378 parcels of land have been successfully sold. This exposure was not previously possible through the previous tender sale format. The online auction format is simpler and more transparent, allowing more people the opportunity to view, bid and purchase land.
The fall 2021 online auction sale will be comprised of 45 lots available for purchase. Lots not sold in this main sales event will be reposted in a secondary sale immediately following sale close. Any unsold land remaining after the secondary sale may be listed in a first come - first served Buy Now eCatalogue sale.
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