Lands is accountable for the classification, designation, allocation, planning and management of hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of Crown lands. This includes reviewing and approving or denying applications, setting fees and specifying conditions for sale, lease, permit, or other like dispositions. The Branch is also responsible for a number of high profile programs such as the delivery of the Government’s multi-million dollar 2,000 lot cottage subdivision development initiative, the review and identification of land transfer requirements associated with the fulfilment and resolution of provincial obligations to aboriginal people in approximately 700,000 hectares of land in accordance with treaty land entitlement and flood compensation agreements, and the development of land management plans and the Pimachiowin Aki UNESCO World Heritage Project nomination for more than 2 million hectares of Crown land on the east side of Lake Winnipeg.
The Branch operates under The Crown Lands Act, The Wild Rice Act and The East Side Traditional Lands and Special Protected Areas Act.
The Lands Branch of Sustainable Development and Water Stewardship has offices throughout the province. The Neepawa office is home to the Treaty Land Entitlement unit staff. Regional Land Management staff are located in Thompson, The Pas, Dauphin, Gimli, and Lac du Bonnet. The Director and the balance of the Crown Land Programs and Land Management and Planning staff are located in Winnipeg at 200 Saulteaux Crescent.
Sustainable Development is comprised of six Divisions: Conservation Programs, Regional Services and Parks, Climate Change & Environmental Protection, Corporate Policy, Water Stewardship, and Administration and Finance Divisions. The Lands Branch falls within the Conservation Programs Division and is made up of the following program sections:
- Crown Land and Aboriginal Land Programs Section
- Treaty Land Entitlement
- Cottage Lot Program/First Nation Partnerships
- Crown Land and Federal Land Programs
- Other Aboriginal Land Settlement Programs
- Wild Rice Program
- Land Management and Planning Section
- Crown Lands Assistant Deputy Ministers Committee Technical Support
- Regional Land Management
- Interdepartmental Operational Crown Land Plans
- Municipal Land Planning
- East Side Traditional Land Planning Initiative
- Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project
- Manitoba Geographic Names Program
Crown Lands and Property Agency (CLPA), a special operating agency in the department of Infrastructure and Transportation, provides real estate services to Government Departments, Boards, Commissions, Corporations and Agencies. These services include appraisal and acquisition of property, disposal or leasing of property surplus to government requirements.
If you wish to use or purchase Crown land, please see the application page to download the appropriate application form.