Agricultural Crown Land

The Manitoba Government encourages sustainable use of Crown land for multiple uses. Crown lands suitable for agricultural use may be leased for grazing, haying or annual cropping, depending on the authorized use and capability of the land.

Though a careful planning process, land use and watershed specialists determine how parcels of Crown land may be used, the intensity of use and how different parcels may be developed. Working together, they ensure that goals for water quality and quantity can be achieved within watershed boundaries.

MandateThe Agricultural Crown Land Program supports the sustainable expansion of the livestock herd in Manitoba, contributes to ecological goods and services, and provides mitigation and adaptation to climate change.  

Agricultural Crown Lands are administered under the Authority of The Crown Lands Act and the Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation (PDF 176 KB).

 

NEW: Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development advises that due to dry conditions, Crown lands not normally designated for agricultural use are available to be hayed on a temporary basis.

Interested producers will be required to contact a Farm Production Extension Specialist and have their expression of interest recorded. Where multiple expressions of interest have been received, the parcels will be allocated by draw. Remaining parcels will be allocated to first come, first served.

CLICK HERE for a current list of available lands.                                      Deadline for Entry into Draw: NOON ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2021.

Note that vacant agricultural Crown land is also available for 1-year permits in Manitoba.

CLICK HERE for a listing of unallocated parcels from the 2021 auction and information on how to apply.

For more information about opportunities in your area, contact your local Farm Production Extension Specialist - Ag Crown Lands.

 

Services

The Agricultural Crown Lands Leasing Program administers leases and permits and promotes improvement of agricultural Crown lands.

Manitoba and Agricultural Resource Development provide oversight of the provincial community pastures program, administered by the Association of Manitoba Community Pastures.

Manitoba Agriculture Farm Production Extension Specialists provide advice on farm production using agricultural Crown lands.

Agricultural Crown Lands Program Modernization

Program modernization is being impemented for the Agricultural Crown Lands Leasing Program. Amendments to the Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation (PDF 176 KB) have been made to enable auction of agricultural Crown land leases and permits, as well as to modernize aspects of the leasing program to improve predictability, transparency and efficiency in program administration.

All new agricultural Crown lands leases and renewable permits will be allocated via an auction process.

Agricultural Crown Land Polices updated as of December 3, 2020 can be found on the Agricultural Crown Lands Leasing Program webpage.

Modernization Consultation History

Modernization of the Agricultural Crown Lands Program began in 2017 with the coming into force of the Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation. This regulation addressed obligations of Manitoba's entry into the New West Partnership Trade Agreement, enabling those from outside of Manitoba to participate in the allocation of agricultural Crown lands.

Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development held public consultations on Agricultural Crown Lands Program Modernization in 2018, and released a summary report. Visit the Surveys and Consultations page to view the report.

The Crown Lands Amendment Act received Royal Assent in 2018. This piece of legislation provides for the ability to protect Community Pastures through special designation, while also enabling a public auction mechanism for the allocation of agricultural leases and permits.

Following the amendment to the Act, further consultation was undertaken with key stakeholders in 2019, including an invitation for public comments to be submitted.

Based on stakeholder feedback in 2019-2020, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development pursued a renewal process for legacy forage leases and renewable permits on agricultural Crown lands. Legacy forage leases and renewable permits are those dispositions that were in place prior to October 1, 2019. The change will ensure that family farms have stability in their operations by enabling successive renewals of the legacy forage leases and renewable permits. Stakeholders reviewed the regulatory amendment proposal through the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal from September through November 2020. The change will ensure that family farms have stability in their operations by enabling successive renewals of the legacy forage leases and renewable permits.

Temporary Suspension of Crown Land and Property Sales

The Manitoba Government has recently conducted an internal review of the Crown land and property sales process as part of its ongoing efforts to ensure value for money for all Manitobans.

As a result of this review, the Manitoba Government has temporarily suspended the acceptance of all applications for the purchase of Crown land or property.

Efforts are currently underway to modernize and improve the process to identify Crown land and property available for sale and to develop a fair and transparent way of communicating this information.

Applications previously received at the Real Estate Services Division (formerly Crown Lands Property Agency) will continue to be processed.

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Contact

For further information, please contact us at:

 

Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development

Agricultural Crown Lands

PO Box 1286

Minnedosa, MB  R0J 1E0

Office: 204-867-6550

Fax: 204-867-6578

Email: agcrownlands@gov.mb.ca

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Manitoba Agriculture, Farm Production Extension Specialists, Crown Lands District Offices