Manitoba

Sustainable Development

First Come First Served Rules


Section 1.0 - Introduction
Section 2.0 - Lots Available for Sale and Lease
Section 3.0 - Eligibility
Section 4.0 - Application Process
Section 5.0 – Agreements
Section 6.0 – Assignments
Section 7.0 – Taxes
Section 8.0 – Construction of Cottages
Section 9.0 – Title Transfer
Section 10.0 – Lot Pricing
Section 11.0 – Representation and Warranties
Section 12.0 – Revisions to Printed Package
Section 13.0 – Contact Information

Section 1.0 - Introduction

Cottage lots in listed Crown land and Provincial Park subdivisions are being made available for sale or lease under this program in accordance with the rules outlined in this document. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to visit and inspect the lot that interests them prior to submitting an application.

The listing of available lots can be found on our website (www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/fcfs_ cottaging/index.html) or in the document titled First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program Lot Availability. Subdivision information and mapping can also be found on our website

Except for development of roads, hydro, and certain other site-specific improvements, subdivisions are generally provided in their natural state, with future lot clearing and development being the responsibility of the purchaser or lessee.

Take appropriate precautions when visiting a subdivision or inspecting a lot. The Manitoba government is not Take appropriate precautions when visiting a subdivision or inspecting a lot. The Manitoba government is not responsible for any damage to personal property, or loss or injury incurred while accessing and inspecting subdivisions. Some general safety tips:

  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
  • Be wary of natural hazards such as hanging trees and branches.
  • In some instances construction and/or survey work may be in progress. Keep clear of work crews and construction equipment.
  • Do not smoke while visiting sites as there may be brush piles, dead grass, and trees that pose a natural fire hazard. Forests are particularly susceptible to fire during dry periods.

Prior to inspection, applicants may wish to contact the Land Manager at the Regional Conservation and Water stewardship office for details on the state of the area for Crown cottage lots and the District Park Supervisor for Provincial Park cottage lots. Please check our website (www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/fcfs_cottaging/index.html) for subdivision
specific contact information.

Section 2.0 - Lots Available for Sale and Lease

Cottage lots that have been offered for sale or lease through previous public draws under the Cottage Lot Program, but were not selected are being made available on a first come, first served basis.

Cottage lots that have been selected once in a previous public draw but subsequently became available for re-allocation due to cancellation, termination or failure to enter into a purchase or lease agreement, shall be reserved until the next scheduled public draw. If the lots are not selected in that next draw, they may then be made available on a first come, first served basis.

Cottage lots acquired by applicants under this program that subsequently become available for purchase or lease due to cancellation, termination or failure to enter into a purchase or lease agreement shall be added back into inventory and will be made available for first come, first served applications.

For a listing of available lots, please refer to the document titled First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program Lot Availability.

The Manitoba government reserves the right to remove any lots from the First-Come, First- Served Cottage Lot Program at any time for any reason.

Section 3.0 - Eligibility

Eligibility for New First-Come, First-Served Inventory
New inventory added to the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program are subject to rules for residents and non-residents of Manitoba. Residents of Manitoba only may apply to purchase or lease new inventory for the first 120 days from the Application Acceptance Date specified for Manitoba residents. On the 121st day from the Application Acceptance Date for Manitoba residents, non -residents of Manitoba may apply to lease or purchase any lots listed as available on the Lot Inventory. Specific Application Acceptance Dates for residents and non-residents of Manitoba will be identified on our website (www.manitoba.ca/conservation/cottaging/fcfs/new.html) and Lot Inventory Packages for each announcement.

Manitoba Residents
A resident of Manitoba who is 18 years of age or over is eligible to apply to purchase or lease a cottage lot under this program beginning on the Application Acceptance Date specified for residents of Manitoba.

For the purposes of the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program, a person will be classified
as a resident of Manitoba if he or she regularly, normally or customarily lives at a residence within
the Province of Manitoba.

Non-residents of Manitoba (includes non-residents of Canada)
A non-resident of Manitoba who is 18 years of age or over is eligible to apply to purchase or lease a cottage lot under this program beginning on the Application Acceptance Date specified for non-residents of Manitoba.

Eligibility for Existing First-Come, First-Served Inventory
Residents and non-residents of Manitoba who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to apply to purchase or lease a cottage lot from existing First-Come, First-Served cottage lot inventory.

Government Employees
Government of Manitoba employees and their immediate families are eligible to apply to purchase or lease a cottage lot under this program subject to such further approvals as may be required under The Crown Lands Act for department employees.

Corporations
Corporations registered in Manitoba, including partnerships, sole proprietorships, associations and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for a cottage lot through the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program, subject to a condition of sale or lease that the lot shall be used only for single family residential purposes.

Previous Successful Cottage Lot Draw Applicants
Applicants who were successful in acquiring a cottage lot in a previous Cottage Lot Draw are eligible to apply for a lot through the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program, provided they still meet the above eligibility requirements.

The Manitoba government reserves the right to apply additional eligibility criteria.

Section 4.0 – Application Process

Application Form
The approved Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation application form must be used. No other forms or modifications to the approved forms will be accepted. New inventory added to the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program are subject to additional application rules. Specific Application Acceptance Dates will be identified on our website (www.manitoba.ca/ conservation/cottaging/index.html) and Lot Inventory Packages for each announcement.

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR NEW FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED INVENTORY

Residents of Manitoba
Residents of Manitoba only may apply to purchase or lease new inventory for the first 120 days from the Application Acceptance Date specified for Manitoba residents.

First Two Weeks
For the initial 10 business days, beginning on the Application Acceptance Date specified for residents of Manitoba, applicants or their authorized representatives must apply in person at Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship, 200 Saulteaux Crescent, Winnipeg, MB. No mail-in applications will be considered during this period.

Each applicant must take a sequential number upon arriving at the Central Information Unit desk at 200 Saulteaux Crescent. This number will determine the order in which an applicant is called to choose a lot.

If applicants are not present when their number is called, a government representative will announce the next number and that person will have the opportunity to choose a lot. The applicant who was passed will be slotted into the next available position.

Each applicant will have the opportunity to select from the lots available at the time the applicant's number is called.

Once an applicant selects a lot the decision is final and changes will not be accepted. Applicants will be required to cancel their current application and re-apply.

Mail-in Applications
Upon completion of the first two weeks from the Application Acceptance Date specified for residents of Manitoba, mail-in applications will be accepted. See "Application Process for Existing First-Come, First-Served Inventory" for mailing details.

Number of Applications per Individual
Applications are restricted to one per person for the first 30 days from the Application Acceptance Date specified for residents of Manitoba. Upon completion of the first 30 days there will be no restriction on the number of lots an eligible individual may apply to purchase or lease.

Non-residents of Manitoba (includes non-residents of Canada)
The Application Acceptance Date for non-residents of Manitoba begins on the 121st day from the Application Acceptance Date specified for residents of Manitoba.

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR EXISTING FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED INVENTORY

After new First-Come, First-Served inventory has been made available to Manitoba residents for 120 days, the lots will be considered existing First-Come, First-Served inventory.

Applicants who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to apply to purchase or lease a cottage lot from existing First-Come, First-Served inventory.

Mail-in Applications
Applications must be mailed or delivered to the address below. Applications will not be accepted at any other government office. Applications submitted by facsimile transmission (fax) or electronic mail (email) will not be accepted.

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

Mail-in applications will be date stamped for the following day and will be processed before 8:30 a.m. of the date stamped. In the event two mail-in applications are received on the same day for the same lot, the successful applicant shall be determined through the random computerized draw process administered by Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship.

Representative Selecting on Behalf of the Applicant
If a representative is making the lot selection on behalf of the applicant, through the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program, the representative must present:

  • valid identification
  • written authorization from the applicant authorizing the representative to select a lot on behalf of the applicant (authorization form for delegation of authority)
  • photocopy of the applicant's valid identification (identifying date of birth, Manitoba address, and signature)

Notification
Successful applicants will be notified by letter with confirmation of lot selected, instruction on how to proceed and a sale or lease agreement.

Application Fees
An application must be accompanied with full payment of the required application fee of
$100.00 plus GST.

Payment options for the 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.

Application fees are non-refundable. If you apply for a lot, but do not complete the purchase or lease, you will forfeit the application fee.

Rejection of Applications
It is the responsibility of the applicant to read and understand the rules and ensure all
information is completed on the application submitted.

Applications will be rejected for the following reasons:

  • They are on a form other than the Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation Application Form.
  • They are illegible or required information is missing or incomplete.
  • The application is not signed.
  • They do not meet published eligibility guidelines.
  • They do not contain the required application fee.
  • They are not the original signed application form (facsimile and photocopies are not permitted).
  • They are delivered to any office other than Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship's head office located at 200 Saulteaux Crescent in Winnipeg, MB R3J 3W3.
  • The payment cheque is returned by the applicant's bank [ex: non-sufficient funds (NSF)].
  • Upon request by the Manitoba government, the applicant failed to provide supporting documentation for eligibility requirements.

Rejected applications will be returned by mail with an explanation as to why the application was rejected.

The Manitoba government is not responsible for any applications that are lost, misdirected, illegible, and incomplete or delayed for any reason.

Section 5.0 – Agreements

Crown Lands Sale Agreement
A valid purchase and sale of Crown land will only occur upon the Minister or other government official responsible for execution of agreements, or his designate, affixing his signature to the Conditional Sale Agreement (in the form set out by the Manitoba government) and the delivery of such fully executed Agreement to the successful applicant.

The successful applicant is required to enter into a written Conditional Sale Agreement with the province of Manitoba and pay the balance of the established lot price and any other required occupation, service or administrative fee within 30 days from the date of the notice from the province. The lot prices are firm and are non-negotiable. Subject to the government's sole discretion, all terms and conditions of the Conditional Sale Agreement are non-negotiable.

Failure to pay the purchase price and any other required occupation, service or administrative fee by the payment date indicated in the Sales Journal from Manitoba may result in cancellation of all rights and privileges to the lot. The deadline for payment will be clearly indicated on the correspondence.

Fees that the applicant may be required to pay include the following:

a. Purchase Price and GST
b. Lands Application Fee $100.00 (plus GST)
c. License of Occupation Fee $10.20 (plus GST)
d. Purchase Agreement Fee $200.00 (plus GST)
e. Legal Description/Titles Fee $100.00 (plus GST)
f. Transfer Document Fee $50.00 (plus GST)

Provincial Park Lease Agreement
A successful applicant will be required to enter into a cottage lot lease agreement and pay the balance of the one-time lot development fee within 30 days of the date of notice from the Manitoba government.

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 province's sole discretion, all terms and conditions of the Lease Agreement are non-negotiable. Failure to pay the lot development fee and any other required land rental or service fees by the payment due date indicated in the letter from the Manitoba government may result in cancellation of all rights and privileges to the lot and the application fee for the lot will be forfeited. The deadline for payment will be clearly indicated in the correspondence.

Section 6.0 – Assignments

Applications
In the case of the death of an applicant, the applicant’s estate may continue the application process.

Provincial Park Lot Lease Agreements
The Provincial Parks Lease Agreement may not be assigned until the cottage or vacation home is constructed to the lock-up stage, except:

a) Where an assignment is necessary to arrange financing, or
b) In the case of death of the lessee, the lessee’s estate may continue.

Crown Land Lot Sale Agreements
The Crown Lands Conditional Sale Agreement may not be assigned except:

a) where an assignment is necessary to arrange financing, or
b) 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 Rules, or
c) in the case of death of the purchaser, the purchaser's estate may continue

Anyone wishing to assign a lease or sale agreement in accordance with the above criteria must complete an Application for Assignment or Application for Assignment for Collateral Purposes Only and submit the completed application to:

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

Assignment application forms for Crown land are available on the Crown Land and Property Agency Website: www.clp.gov.mb.ca/forms/index.html and are subject to a fee of $50.00 under The Crown Land Fee Regulation.

Assignment application forms for Provincial Park leases are available on the Crown Land and Property Agency Website http://www.clp.gov.mb.ca/_content/html/forms/park_lands_forms.html and are subject to a fee of $30.00 under the Provincial Parks Fee Regulation.

Section 7.0 – Taxes

Where applicable, the successful applicant will be responsible for the payment of any municipal realty taxes, GST, assessments and charges for the land commencing on the date of the Agreement, and for any land transfer tax relating to the transfer of the lot.

Please note that Manitoba Land Titles Office will have fees (Land Transfer Tax) related to the registration of the transfer document. Further details related to their fees can be obtained by contacting the Land Titles Office directly. (204) 945-2042 or email: lto@gov.mb.ca

Also, if the cottage subdivision is located within a rural municipality (RM), the applicant will be responsible for payment of annual municipal taxes to the RM.

If the cottage subdivision is located outside of an RM, there may be taxes or service fees assessed through Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs. For more information, contact:

Northern Region: 204-679-6579 or
North Central Region: 204-622-2110

Section 8.0 – Construction of Cottages

The development time frame requirement is waived for the Crown land lots offered for sale through the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program. See Section 9.0 - Title Transfer for more information.

It is a condition of the Lease Agreement (Parks) that the applicant must construct a cottage and complete the exterior of the cottage to "lock-up stage" within two years. The date will be set out in the Lease Agreement indicating when the two-year time frame begins.

A cottage is considered to be completed to lock-up stage when doors, windows, finished exterior siding, and shingles or other roofing material have been installed.

Provincial Parks
Construction of cottages and vacation homes 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

Individual lots offered for lease may not be combined or amalgamated with adjacent lots for the purposes of creating a joint or "double lot". One suitable cottage or vacation home is required on each lot.

Development Time Frame Extension Requests
Failure of the applicant to construct a cottage or vacation home to lock-up stage prior to the deadline may result in the termination of the Lease Agreement. However a lessee may apply for an extension of the development time frame if there were valid extenuating circumstances that occurred that prevented completion of construction to lock-up stage. The granting of an extension is at the sole discretion of the Manitoba government.

Crown Lands
The construction of cottages and vacation homes must comply with all applicable legislation, regulations, building standards and zoning by-laws that can be obtained from the local rural municipality office, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs or the Office of the Fire Commissioner.

The sale of lots is for the purposes of the development of a cottage only. The purchaser shall construct the cottage in accordance with the applicable Rural Municipalities building time restrictions, if any. The purchaser also agrees not to park a trailer, travel trailer, fifth wheel, or erect a tent on the lot for use as a cottage.

Individual lots offered for sale or lease may not be combined or amalgamated with adjacent lots for the purposes of creating a joint or "double lot". One suitable cottage or vacation home is required on each lot.

If the lot falls within a Rural Municipality, the purchaser may provide a site plan, with a Building
Permit Application to the local municipal office.

If the lot falls within Aboriginal and Northern Affairs jurisdiction, the purchaser may provide a site plan, with a Building Permit Application to the Office of the Fire Commissioner for further review.

The site plan should show approximate dimensions of the building(s), location on the lot and distances in relation to lot boundaries. The purchaser will be notified if the site plan is approved or if changes are required.

A Work Permit may be required to manage debris created by lot clearing work. All debris is to be managed appropriately to eliminate fire hazards and not create a nuisance to adjacent lot owners. All merchantable timber such as firewood must be salvaged. Disposal of lot debris may vary depending upon your subdivision and time of year. Please contact your local Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship office to determine if burning is allowed or where debris can be hauled.

Section 9.0 – Title Transfer

Upon entering into a Conditional Sale Agreement for the purchase of a lot and payment of the lot price and associated fees, the purchaser’s lawyer will be issued a Transfer Document. The lawyer can file the Property Registry Application to the Land Titles Office to register title in the name of the purchaser.

Section 10.0 – Lot Pricing

Lots in the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program are based on current appraised values as determined by an accredited Manitoba appraiser or other method of fair market valuation as determined by the Minister at the time they are placed in the First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program. Lot prices are not negotiable.

Section 11.0 – Representation and Warranties

The acceptance of an application by the province of Manitoba does not constitute a binding Agreement for the sale or lease of the Crown lot.

The province makes no warranties or representations, except those stated in the Conditional Sale Agreement or Lease Agreement, and the applicant acknowledges reliance solely on the applicant's own knowledge and inspection of the Crown land and that the applicant has not received or relied on any representations or warranties made with respect to the Crown land.

In particular, the applicant acknowledges that the province of Manitoba makes no representations or warranties to the applicant as to the fitness of any of the Crown land for any particular purpose.  

Section 12.0 – Revisions to Printed Package

The province has made every effort to ensure the information provided is accurate and complete. If errors are discovered after publication of the handouts and website, the website will be corrected and a notice of correction will be placed on the home page of the website.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the website on a regular basis to keep well informed of any changes.

Section 13.0 – Contact Information

For detailed information on site locations, rules and guidelines, applications, agreements and copies of the "Cottager's Handbook", please visit: http://www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/cottaging/index.html

If You Require Additional Information:
Call 204-945-6784 (Winnipeg), or 1-800-214-6497 (toll free)

Visit our Cottage Lot Program home page to view new announcements:
www.manitoba.ca/conservation/cottaging/

E-mail inquiries to: cottaging@gov.mb.ca


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