Land Management and Planning Section

The section is responsible for the management of Crown land in five regions and preparation of new or revised Crown land policies and procedures for consideration by departmental executive.   The section coordinates the circulation of Crown land requests within the department and is involved in the department’s review of all applications for Crown land though the Land Application Review Committee (LARC).  The section prepares departmental positions for municipal development plans and zoning by-laws, traditional area plans and various other projects and developments, e.g. highway projects and provides secretariat support to the Crown Lands Assistant Deputy Ministers Committee (CLADMC).

Crown Lands Assistant Deputy Ministers Committee Technical Support

The section is the secretariat to the Crown Lands Assistant Deputy Minister Committee and provides planning, and policy analysis and administrative support to the Committee. The section also administers the Committee’s system for the review of Crown land disposition denial decisions.

Regional Land Management

The Regional Lands Manager (RLM) is responsible for provincial Crown lands management, planning and administration in each of Sustainable Development Regions. The RLM provides direction, advice and information to the Region's Integrated Resources and Environmental Management Team (IRMT) and Field Services Section staff as well as the Bloc Planning Committee, to other provincial and federal government departments, to local governments and to external clients on matters related to provincial Crown land administration, legislation, policies, procedures and guidelines.

The RLM co-ordinates or provides input to Crown land use planning initiatives, including the designation of Crown lands, and direct and co-ordinate the region's review and response for all land use requests and applications in the region. The RLM co-ordinates the meetings and related activities for the region's IRMT and Bloc Planning Committee, and represents the region on departmental and public committees and at meetings on land-related matters.

An integrated approach to land use reviews by RLMs representing Crown Land, Forestry, Wildlife, Fisheries, Environment, Provincial Parks and district operations is undertaken in advance of the issuance of permits or land allocations for proposals in the region. The Regional managers provide valuable information to the LARC based on the application of policies and procedures associated with a specific application as well as the preparation of an assessment, based on their knowledge of how the proposed disposition may or may not have a potential adverse affect on treaty and aboriginal rights.

Through the involvement in the interdepartmental regional Bloc Planning Committee operational Crown land use codes are reviewed to improve long term land and resource use and reduce land use conflicts. Operational land use codes are reviewed to ensure potential allocations and land use activities are consistent and compatible with the long term land planning objectives.

Interdepartmental Operational Crown Land Plans

In conjunction with regional Bloc Planning Committees, the section maintains and administers a system of operational land use coding for Crown land, and prepares Crown Land Plans for Southern Manitoba.  The preparation and recommendation of approved operational land use codes are used for the creation of the Crown land Plans throughout the province.  The on-going development and maintenance of the Operational land use codes and Crown Land Plans incorporate a GIS based platform/database for maintenance, inventory and management of Provincial Crown lands. 

Municipal Land Planning

The Section assists municipalities and Planning Districts in the preparation of development plans and zoning by-laws by coordinating preparation of departmental advice and information with respect to Departmental initiates, planning, management and use of natural resources, and by responding to requests for studies, maps, and statistical compilations required to properly allocate resources. In addition the Section provides advice and departmental comments with regard to various interdepartmental and outside projects, plans and development proposals.

East Side Traditional Land Planning Initiative

This section administers planning area designations and land management plans proposed by First Nations for approval by the Government Manitoba under The East Side Traditional Lands Planning and Special Protected Areas Act.  The section currently works in partnership with four First Nations on the east side of Lake Winnipeg to realize strategic land use direction for more than 2 million hectares (5 million acres) of provincial Crown land.  Partnerships with two additional First Nations in respect of land management planning in the area are also currently in development through this section.

The section coordinates the interdepartmental review of proposed planning area designations and plan approvals, participates in the department’s review of applications for Crown land on the east side of Lake Winnipeg and represents the department on planning councils, management boards and the Pimachiowin Aki Corporation.

Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project

In 2006, the Government of Manitoba launched a new initiative to develop a nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in partnership with Anishinaabe First Nations and the governments of Ontario and Canada.  The Pimachiowin Aki Corporation, a not-for-profit charitable organization, was formed by the partners to produce the dossier, and capacity was established within the Lands Branch to lead the initiative on behalf of the Government of Manitoba.

Pimachiowin Aki (Pim–MATCH–cho–win Ahh–KAY) means “The Land That Gives life” in Ojibwe.  The Pimachiowin Aki initiative was originally conceived in 2002 by Anishinaabe First Nations in Manitoba and Ontario as a way to conserve and raise awareness of the boreal shield ecozone and the cultural tradition of Ji-ganawendamang Gidakiiminaan, “Keeping the Land”.

Pimachiowin Aki was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on July 1, 2018 on the basis of both cultural and natural criteria, and in accordance with the World Heritage concept of an Indigenous cultural landscape.  The World Heritage Site includes two adjoining wilderness parks (Atikaki and Woodland Caribou) and ancestral lands of four First Nations in Manitoba - Bloodvein, Little Grand Rapids, Pauingassi, and Poplar River.  The Site covers 29,040 square kilometres or 2.9 million hectares, and is the largest conserved area of the North American boreal shield.  Pimachiowin Aki is the first World Heritage Site in Manitoba, the first mixed (cultural and natural) site in Canada, and is rare in the world - less than 1% of all World Heritage sites are in the mixed site - cultural landscape category.

The Land Management and Planning Section of the Lands Branch works with the Pimachiowin Aki Corporation in support of the governance, operations and programming of the World Heritage Site, including monitoring and managing the Site and reporting on management plan implementation, communications, grant-making, business planning, destination marketing, and the campaign to raise awareness of the Site and donations to the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Fund.