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Mineral Rights

The Mineral Rights Unit, Lands and Mineral Tenure Branch, Ministry of Energy and Resources, is responsible for the administration of the Mineral Rights Tax, Indigenous Mineral Land Claims, Mineral Trust Certificates, Builders’ Liens as they apply to Government of Saskatchewan dispositions, Working Interest Owner Exemptions, and the establishment and maintenance of Crown Mineral Reserves.

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1. What's New

Project Announcement: New Mineral Rights Tax electronic system being developed!

The Ministry of Energy and Resources has initiated a project to replace its aging Mineral Rights Tax (MRT) data management system.

The MRT will be moving to the online Integrated Resource Information System (IRIS) in 2022. This move will allow for tax assessment based on mineral title holder information direct from Information Services Corporation (ISC). Other new features for clients are expected to include:

    • Self-service functionality for taxpayers to access their MRT and to apply for tax exemptions.
    • Invoices accessible through IRIS in a downloadable format and to reconcile MRT against mineral titles owned.
    • Automation of eligibility criteria for exemption applications (e.g. agricultural and trust corporation exemptions) through IRIS and improve ministry response times.

Check back often as information will be updated as it becomes available. If you have questions about the new Mineral Rights Tax electronic system, contact Donna Wilson at 306-798-2133 or donna.wilson@gov.sk.ca. For all other questions, please contact the ER Service Desk.


April 10, 2021: Project Implementation - Automated Land Checks

The Integrated Resource Information System (IRIS) is now able to complete and provide immediate mineral ownership and potential restriction information to tenure applicants during the application phase of Oil and Gas Public Offerings and other non-advertised dispositions. Mineral ownership and restriction information is also available using the Ad Hoc Land Check Review found in the Infrastructure section of IRIS without going through the application process.

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2. Acts and Regulation Changes

Information Coming Soon!

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3. Builders' Liens

Information Coming Soon!

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4. Crown Reserves

Crown reserves cover areas in which Crown minerals are not available for dispositions, such as oil and gas leases, potash leases or metallic mineral claims.

Crown reserves may be established to prevent conflicts in mineral resource development and to minimize possible interference between mineral disposition activity and future land use.

Read the Crown Reserve Notices – Withdrawals and Re-openings for a list of areas of Crown minerals or Crown mineral lands that have been withdrawn from or re-opened to mineral dispositioning.

Due to the extremely large size of Crown reserves, a single map is not provided. Please refer to the Mining and Petroleum GeoAtlas for the location of Crown reserves.

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5. Indigenous Mineral Land Claims

Information Coming Soon!

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6. Mineral Rights Tax and Exemption

Information Coming Soon!

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7. Mineral Trust Certificates

Information Coming Soon!

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8. Working Interest Owner Exemption

Information Coming Soon!

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