Manitoba

Sustainable Development

First Come First Served Cottage Lot Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What dates should I be aware of? (for new inventory only)

When new inventory is added to the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program, specific Application Acceptance Dates will be identified on our website (www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/cottaging/fcfs/new.html) and Lot Inventory Packages for each announcement.

The Application Acceptance Date specified for residents of Manitoba is the date on which Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship will begin to accept applications. For the initial two weeks, beginning on the Application Acceptance Date specified for residents of Manitoba, applicants or their authorized representatives must apply in person at Manitoba Conservation, 200 Saulteaux Crescent, Winnipeg, MB. No mail-in applications will be considered during this period.

After the initial two weeks, applications can be mailed or delivered to the address below. Applications submitted by facsimile transmission (fax) or electronic mail (e-mail) will not be accepted.

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship
Box 22, 200 Saulteaux Crescent
Winnipeg, MB R3J 3W3

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship will begin to accept applications from non-residents on the Application Acceptance Date specified for non-residents.

NOTE: Applications will not be accepted at any other government offices.

On what grounds will an application be rejected?
Applications will be rejected and will not be accepted for the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot
Program if:

  • they are on a form other than the official Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure Application Form
  • they are illegible or any areas of the application are not fully completed
  • The application is not signed
  • they do not meet published eligibility guidelines
  • they are not accompanied by the required application fee
  • they are not the original signed application form (facsimile and photocopies are not permitted)
  • they are delivered or mailed to any office other than Manitoba Conservation's head office located at Box 22, 200 Saulteaux Crescent, Winnipeg, MB R3J 3W3
  • the application fee cheque is returned by your bank [ex: non-sufficient funds (NSF)]
  • upon request of the Manitoba government the applicant failed to provide supporting documentation in relation to eligibility requirements

What are my payment options for the $100.00 (plus GST) application fee?
Payment options for First-Come, First-Served cottage lot application fee include cash, debit card, credit card (Visa and MasterCard), personal cheque, certified cheque, bank draft or money order. Cheques, bank drafts and money orders are to be made payable to the Minister of Finance, Manitoba. Credit cards, cash, and debit cards are accepted only in person at 200 Saulteaux Crescent. Credit card transactions are not permitted by phone, mail, facsimile, or over the internet.

How many lots can I purchase or lease through the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program?
In order to give every Manitoban a fair opportunity to apply for new First-Come, First-Served inventory, an applicant may apply to purchase or lease one lot only for the first 30 days from the Application Acceptance Date specified for residents of Manitoba. Following the initial 30 days , there will be no limit on the number of lots an eligible applicant can apply to purchase or lease, subject to availability.

There is no limit on the number of lots from existing First-Come, First-Served inventory that an eligible applicant can apply to purchase or lease, subject to availability.

If I am not a resident of Manitoba, can I purchase or lease a lot through the First Come First Served Cottage Lot Program?
If you are applying for new inventory added to the First-Come First-Served Cottage Lot Program and you are not a resident of Manitoba, you must wait 120 days from the Application Acceptance Date specified for residents of Manitoba. On the 121st day, the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program will open to all non-residents of Manitoba, including non-residents of Canada. This date is referred to as the Application Acceptance Date for non-residents.

If you are applying for existing First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program inventory, residents and non-residents of Manitoba are eligible to apply for a lot through the program at any time.

Is a corporation able to purchase or lease a lot through the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program?
A corporation can apply to purchase or lease a lot through the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program as long as it is a valid corporation authorized to carry on business in Manitoba.

I am unable to make the trip to Winnipeg to apply in person. Am I able to mail an application?
Applications for new First-Come, First-Served inventory are only accepted in-person at 200 Saulteaux Crescent, Winnipeg, Manitoba for the first two weeks from the Application Acceptance Date specified for residents of Manitoba. An authorized representative may select a lot on your behalf as long as the Application Form, Authorization Form, application fee and proper identification are provided.

Mail-in applications will be accepted following the initial two weeks from the Application Acceptance Date specified for residents of Manitoba and for existing First-Come, First-Served inventory. Mail-in applications will be accepted at:

Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship
Box 22, 200 Saulteaux Crescent
Winnipeg, MB R3J 3W3

What information am I required to provide when purchasing or leasing a lot?
Applications for new First-Come, First-Served inventory are only accepted in-person for the first two weeks from the Application Acceptance Date specified for residents of Manitoba. The applicant (or authorized representative) must be present to select a lot. The applicant (or authorized representative) must present proof of identity and eligibility (valid photo or other identification that identifies your date of birth, Manitoba address, and signature). If a representative will be attending on your behalf, see next question.

If you are mailing in your application after the initial two week period, or mailing an application for existing First-Come, First-Served inventory, you must include a photocopy of proof of identity and eligibility (valid photo or other identification that identifies your date of birth, Manitoba address, and signature).

Am I able to purchase or lease a lot on someone's behalf?
Yes, you may act as a representative to select a lot on someone's behalf however you must:

  • provide valid identification
  • present written authorization from the applicant authorizing the representative to select a lot on behalf of the applicant (please use the attached authorization form for delegation of authority)
  • provide a photocopy of the applicant's valid identification (that identifieshis/her date of birth, Manitoba address and signature)

Will there always be an initial two week period where applications are only accepted in person and there is a limit on the number of lots one person is able to apply to purchase or lease?
The stated rules apply to new inventory added to the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program. The rules and process will be reviewed prior to releasing any new lots on a first come, first served basis in the future.

Existing inventory in the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program are not subject to the special rules for the first two weeks and there is no limit on the number of existing lots that an eligible individual can apply to purchase or lease.

How do I know which lots are available in which subdivisions through the First Come First Served program?
All of the lots that are available for sale or lease will be listed on Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship's website at www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/cottaging/ or in the document titled First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program Lot Availability. The information is also available at Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship offices throughout the province.

How often will the website be updated with a listing of available lots?
The website will be updated at the end of the business day to provide a current listing of available lots each morning.

Can the Crown Lands Conditional Sale Agreement be assigned to more than one individual?
The Crown Lands Conditional Sale Agreement may not be assigned except:

  • where an assignment is necessary to arrange financing
  • where a purchaser wants to add a person for estate planning purposes, and the person to be added meets the eligibility criteria of the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program Rules, or
  • in the case of death of the purchaser, the purchaser's estate may continue

How do I withdraw from the process, and will I be refunded my $100.00 (plus GST) application fee?
If you select a lot, and do not follow through with the purchase or lease, you will forfeit your $100.00 (plus GST) application fee.

If I have chosen a lot in a previous cottage lot draw and select an adjacent lot through the First Come First Served program, can I treat the two lots as one and develop a vacation home?
If you have selected a lot within a Provincial Park, you will be responsible for two separate lease agreements and will not be allowed to combine them into one lot. You will also be required to construct a vacation home on each lot within the respective two-year period.

If you have selected a Crown lot (outside of a Provincial Park), the construction of cottages and vacation homes must comply with all applicable legislation, regulations, building standards and zoning by-laws. Please check with the local rural municipality office, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs or the Office of the Fire Commissioner for more information.

What happens to cottage lots that have been sold through the First-Come, First-Served process but later become available?
They will be returned to the First-Come, First-Served inventory and will immediately become available for purchase or lease.

If I was successful in previous cottage lot draws, can I apply to purchase or lease a cottage lot through the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program?
Yes, applicants who entered previous Cottage Lot Draws are eligible to apply under the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program, whether or not they were successful in previous draws, provided they still meet the eligibility criteria.

If I am an employee of the Government of Manitoba, immediate family member of a Government of Manitoba employee or an officer under The Crowns Lands Act, can I apply for a cottage lot through the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program?
Yes, you can apply for a cottage lot if you are an employee, immediate family member of a Government of Manitoba employee or officer mentioned above and:

  • you have completed the Applicant Declaration section located on the application form, or have indicated that you are an employee or an immediate family member of an employee (definitions provided on the application form).

What costs will I incur if I select a cottage lot in a Provincial Park?
The successful applicant will be required to sign a cottage lot lease application form and pay the balance of the one-time lot development fee within 30 days of the date of notice from Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship. The annual land rental and service fee for the first year is pro-rated from the date the application is approved to March 31st and are prescribed by the Park Fees Regulation (M.R. 148/96) under The Provincial Parks Act. Subject to the sole discretion of the
Manitoba government, all terms and conditions of the Lease Agreement are non-negotiable. Failure to pay the development fee and any other required occupation, service or administrative fee by the payment date indicated in the notice from the province may result in cancellation of all rights and privileges to the lot and the payment for the lot will be forfeited.

What cost will I incur if I select a cottage lot on Crown land?
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions – Constructing a Cottage on Crown Land (Not within a Provincial Park) for further details.

If I have entered into a Conditional Sale Agreement (Crown lands) for a lot, may I withdraw any time and receive a refund of the purchase price?
No, you may not. When you enter into the Conditional Sales Agreement, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions therein. Some of those conditions being:

  • The cottage will conform to the specificed minimum standards.
  • You agree to purchase the land for a specified sum including Administration fees.

Further, in accordance with the Sale Agreement, there is no provision for you to withdraw and receive a refund of the purchase price. The Sale Agreement states that the province may terminate the Agreement if the purchaser fails to comply with any term or condition; or if any attempt is made to offer for sale or to sell the land prior to closing date; or if the purchaser becomes bankrupt or insolvent.

What are the guidelines I have to follow to construct a cottage?
The development time frame requirement is waived for the Crown lots offered for sale through the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program.

It is a condition of the lease agreements that the successful applicant must construct a cottage and complete the exterior of the cottage to "lock-up stage" within two years. The date the twoyear time frame begins will be indicated in the lease or sale agreement. In subdivisions where road construction has not been completed, a separate notice will be sent at a later date once the road is completed. The two-year time frame will then begin as of the date of that notice. The exterior shall be considered complete and at "lock-up stage" when doors, windows, finished exterior siding, and shingles or other roofing material have been installed.

Construction of cottages in Provincial Parks must comply with "The Cottager's Handbook", available at:
http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/parks/pdf/cottagers_handbook_3rd_edition.pdf

Construction of cottages outside of provincial parks (all lots offered for sale on Crown land) must comply with all applicable legislation, regulations, building standards and zoning by-laws which can be obtained from the local rural municipality office or the Office of the Fire Commissioner. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions – Constructing a Cottage on Crown Land for further information.

If requested in writing prior to the construction deadline, a lessee may be granted an extension of the time to construct if extenuating circumstances exist that prevented completion of construction to lock-up stage. The granting of an extension is at the sole discretion of the province.


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