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New agricultural Crown land lease allocation process

By Helen Rud, Lands Branch

March 2019

This spring, the Ministry of Agriculture is piloting a new process for allocating agricultural Crown land leases. Any interested applicant who would like to lease vacant Crown land will be able to bid in an online auction. The highest eligible bidder will secure the opportunity to lease Crown land for up to 33 years. There will be 58 leases available and the auction will be supported by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.

The auction, located on the Iron Planet website, is now open and has staggered closing dates starting April 15.

While this pilot project simplifies and improves processing time and transparency, there are a few things bidders should consider if they are interested in bidding for an agricultural Crown lease this spring:

  1. All bidders are responsible for making sure they meet eligibility requirements before bidding. There is no preliminary paperwork to complete before placing a bid in the online auction.
  2. The successful bidder will be responsible for paying the annual lease rent, as set out in The Provincial Lands (Agriculture) Regulations, auction transaction fee, annual rural municipality property taxes, existing improvements on the land and the amount of the bid.
  3. 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 publically 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).

For more information, visit our Leasing Crown land pages or contact the Ministry of Agriculture at 306-787-5322 or

Download the Lease Allocation Auction Pilot information sheet.

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